EngD Studentships

Developing resilient and sustainable communities through application of Systems Thinking with The Converging World.

University of Bristol and University of Bath

Salary £18,590

Project Outline TCW wishes to establish an Engineering Doctorate in Systems research programme based on two real-life projects, one in India and one in the UK. These projects build on TCW’s existing work to provide improved access to affordable, sustainable energy. The overall desired outputs of these projects include:

  • Implementation of one or more sustainable energy projects as demonstration sites
  • Development of proven methodologies for use across a range of communities to address challenges of: local requirements, appropriate technology, community engagement, project funding, ownership, regulation, skills development etc.

Role of the Research Engineer This is an exciting opportunity for an EngD Research Engineer to be part of the organisation, whose mission is to enable sustainable approaches to use of natural resources globally so that all communities can have access to resources they need for their development.

The Research Engineer will be based in Bristol and, during the Project, she/he will visit sites in India on several occasions for project work such as engaging with local communities and data collection, typically 2-3  weeks duration on each visit. The RE would be actively involved in the exploration, selection and implementation of renewable energy through thoughtful and rigorous STEEP (or PESTE) analysis. The project offers academic cases studies allowing intra-national and international comparisons, probing the vision of a ‘converging world’.

Academically, this work will build upon successful EngD projects at the IDC in Systems based around the idea of energy and people.

Candidate Requirements Essential 

  • Strong (1st or 2.1 class honours) degree in Engineering or Science
  • Self-motivated and equally able to work alone and in a small team
  • Ability to listen to and understand the views of people and communities
  • Influencing skills


  • Experience of living, working or extensive travel in developing countries
  • Prior knowledge of renewable energy technologies

The EngD in Systems is a full-time, four-year post graduate research programme, offering the experience of rigorous, leading-edge research within a business context. The EngD researcher (RE) will be registered at the University of Bristol. Approximately 75% of EngD time is spent on the research project, with the remaining time spent on taught courses covering systems and business-related topic, IDC in Systems activities (seminars, workshops, conferences).

Funding information Funding applies to: UK applicants – stipend & fees award. EU applicants: Fees only award

Funding notes: A tax-free EPSRC stipend (£15,090 for 2012/2013) will be available for the successful (and eligible) candidate, and will be enhanced by a minimum of £3,500 p.a. from TCW. Tuition fees will also be covered. 

Standard EPSRC studentship eligibility applies; non-eligible individuals are welcome to apply but must be able to find alternative funding arrangements.

How to apply:

Applications should be made online. Please select ‘Systems Engineering (EngD)’ in the Programme Choice section and quote the project title in the Research Details and Funding sections of the form.

Contacts  Academic contact: Dr Michael Tierney mike.tierney@bristol.ac.uk

Administrative contact: systems-eng@bristol.ac.uk

Position open until filled

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