EPSRC DTP Studentship – Future transportation without emissions

Department of Engineering, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2020
  • REF: NM24699
  • Closes: 15th March 2021
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited to a 3.5-year PhD studentship on the decarbonisation of transportation.

The Climate Change Act was amended last year to establish a target of zero greenhouse emissions for the UK by 2050. This implies that almost all energy uses will have to be sourced from zero-emissions electricity. However, since 99% of current transport energy demand is still supplied by fossil fuel combustion, how fast can we electrify all transport? What opportunities exist to reconfigure the transport system to provide future demand for mobility with a more efficient use of resources? How can we minimise the disruption caused by the required changes in the transport sector in just 29 years?

This project will explore these questions and has the following research objectives:1. Explore the role of electrification or carbon-free fuels, and demand for shared and integrated transport modes to reduce future energy demand of the transport system;2. Create metrics of disruption for possible required changes in transport mode, infrastructure requirement, change in travel demand for a variety of trip purposes;3. Identify innovation opportunities to deliver the least disruptive options for providing future mobility needs without emissions.

This PhD project will be closely linked with UK FIRES- a 5-year EPSRC Programme Grant, which focuses on the decarbonisation of UK industry (www.ukfires.org).

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in an Engineering or related subject.

EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. International (including EU) students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the DTP. We recommend that international students apply by 3 December, in order that they can also be put forward for funding from the Cambridge Trust for the home-overseas fee difference if selected.

To apply for this studentship, please apply through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal not later than 15 March 2021, with Dr André Cabrera Serrenho indicated as potential supervisor. The application portal can be accessed at www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg and there is a £70 fee for PhD applications.

If you would like an informal discussion about this studentship, please send your CV and a letter setting out your suitability to Dr André Cabrera Serrenho (ag806@cam.ac.uk), but note that this does not constitute a formal application. We will not respond to enquiries sent by applicants who are ineligible for the funding.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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