Postgraduate research opportunities

Arnold Clark 2030: Energy Infrastructure and Wider System Interaction

Two full-time fully funded 3 year PhD studentships that are part of the University of Strathclyde’s strategic research collaboration on Arnold Clark 2030 and the future of automotive transportation.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


16 January 2020


20 February 2020


3 years


To be considered for the project, candidates must:

  • Possess an upper second (2.1) UK BEng Hons or MEng degree in a relevant engineering or numerate scientific discipline from a recognised academic institution.
  • Have demonstrable skills and interests in energy and transportation systems
  • Have skills and understanding of Matlab or similar and data analysis experience
  • Be a UK or eligible EU national and adhere to Research Council (RCUK) eligibility criteria

Expertise in electrical power systems research related to transport would also be preferable.

Eligibility for RCUK studentships

  • Research Council (RC) fees and stipend can only be awarded to UK and EU students and not to EEA or International students.
  • EU students are only eligible for RC stipend if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including for study purposes, immediately prior to starting their PhD.
  • If an EU student cannot fulfil this condition then they are eligible for a fees only studentship.
  • International students cannot be funded from RC funds unless they are ‘settled’ in the UK. ‘Settled’ means being ordinarily resident in the UK without any immigration restrictions on the length of stay in the UK. To be ‘settled’ a student must either have the Right to Abode or Indefinite leave to remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK under EC law. If the student’s passport describes them as a British citizen they have the Right of Abode.
  • Students with full Refugee status are eligible for fees and stipend.

Project Details

With rising energy costs necessitating a smarter approach being needed to on-site energy consumption and an increasing move towards the use of low emission and ultra-low emission vehicles in the coming years, there will be an impact on the design, layout and operation of commercial premises. The specification and optimisation of related energy infrastructure will increasingly be a primary consideration for the operation of successful businesses as we look ahead to the coming decade.


There is a desire to better understand the interaction between the Arnold Clark infrastructure and wider advances in smart local energy systems. The application of LVDC distribution systems for the development of flexible vehicle charging networks for example is an area that will be considered. This would provide charging infrastructure with the ability to scale in line with increasing electric vehicle adoption, potentially offer additional services to the wider energy system and have a lower risk of becoming a stranded asset in the future.


The research areas to be considered are inherently multidisciplinary but the work would look to characterise the constrained flexibility available from individual and populations of commercial buildings; create a technically-informed systems model that can be set within the context of the wider net-zero-carbon energy system; identify the physical and social constraints to operation; and determining how a market for flexibility could be supported.

Funding Details

Full fees and Stipend for EU and Home students only.


Professor Stuart Galloway and Dr Safak Bayram of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde will be the primary supervision team.

Further information

Successful candidates will spend the majority of their time at the University and the remainder working directly at Arnold Clark’s head office in Glasgow.

Contact us

Professor Stuart Galloway (email:

How to apply

Candidates interested in applying should submit their CV, academic transcript, and a covering letter outlining their suitability for the position by email to Professor Stuart Galloway (


Informal enquiries can also be made to Professor Galloway.