Research Engineer "Carbon emission from the life-cycle of gaming"

The University of Surrey hosts a prestigious EPSRC-funded Industrial Doctorate Centre offering an EngD in Sustainability for Engineering and Energy Systems (SEES). The SEES EngD is a four-year doctorate for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. The programme is academically equivalent to a PhD, but has one major difference; the student (or ‘Research Engineer’) spends the majority of their time based with a sponsor organisation, working on their commercial research priorities. They return to the University for short courses, conferences and seminars designed to develop specialist technical knowledge and exceptional business skills.

An EngD studentship is available with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, in London. Sony Computer Entertainment’s European Headquarters in London, is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of PlayStation products in 109 countries world-wide, and has direct involvement in the company’s projects in this area.

With increasing public and political concern over climate change, legislation aimed at limiting and reducing energy use is increasing. Recent adoption of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive to drive a 20% reduction in energy use and development of energy efficiency measures for games consoles, highlights the direct impact of such legislation on SCEE’s business activities. Starting from a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions across the life-cycle of PlayStation® products, the project will aim to identify and assess:

  • Opportunities to reduce the life-cycle greenhouse gas emission of gaming products and services.
  • The impact of digital distribution versus traditional optical disc distribution methods.
  • The implication for climate change on the future of the gaming industry and the climate in which related government policy is developed and established.

The Research Engineer will be based in Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Central London. We would like work to begin on the project in early October 2013.

Person Specification

Candidates should have a good first or upper-second class science or engineering degree and preferably a relevant MSc. You should demonstrate some understanding of, and a keen interest in climate change, life-cycle assessment, and/or environmental regulations affecting products and packaging. The successful candidate will display an aptitude for systems-based thinking and demonstrate excellent analytical skills with a logical approach to problem solving and project management. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated and open to working in a highly sociable environment. While not essential, previous industrial experience would be an advantage.

Funding Details

The current stipends for EngD studentships are £19,900 per annum (normally tax-free). To be eligible for funding, applicants must demonstrate a relevant connection with the UK, in compliance with EPSRC eligibility criteria (available on the SEES IDC website).

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 10th September 2013 (Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 19th September 2013)

To apply: please visit the SEES IDC website:

Or for more information, please contact or 01483 68 4036.

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