Postgraduate research opportunities Optimisation of Offshore Wind Farm Placement and Operation Using AI and Ocean Forecasting


Key facts

  • Opens: Tuesday 6 June 2023
  • Deadline: Monday 31 July 2023
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 3.5 years
  • Funding: Home fee, Stipend


This research project aims to develop a novel approach for optimising offshore wind farm placement and operation using real-time ocean data and AI algorithms to enhance the efficiency and profitability of offshore wind energy production while minimising environmental impacts.
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Applicants should have a minimum of an upper-second class honours degree or an MSc with distinction in engineering, physical sciences, math, or a related field. They should also have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

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Project Details

Are you ready to be part of the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training (SCDT) in "Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based Ocean Forecasts for Marine Operations"? We're inviting you to step into an exciting journey where we're leveraging AI to revolutionize ocean forecasts for marine operations. We're not just here to conduct research; we're here to shape the future, and we need you.

This exciting PhD project is your chance to play a key role in our mission. Here's our ambitious plan – we want to marry real-time ocean data with advanced AI algorithms to revolutionize offshore renewable energy production. But we're not just focused on improving profits – we're equally committed to protecting our environment. Your contribution will help create an AI-based decision support system, a game-changer that offers real-time insights to operators, empowering them to make informed decisions to optimise turbine placement and energy production.

As part of our dedicated team, you'll collaborate with our distinguished supervisors, Dr Laibing Jia, Dr Bahareh Kamranzad, and Dr Katherine Tant. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside various departments at the University of Strathclyde and industry professionals, and contribute to renowned international research institutions. But we're not just looking for a PhD student. We're looking for a future leader who's ready to share their findings with the world, actively engage with the research community, and seize every learning opportunity. If you're familiar with fluid mechanics, ocean modelling, AI, or programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, we're excited to hear from you.

Further information

The research project is in collaboration with multiple departments at the University of Strathclyde, including Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Mathematics and Statistics. The students will also work with external partners such as industry professionals and national and international research institutions.

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Funding details

The studentship covers the costs of the stipend and fees at a home-fees level of 3.5-year duration. International students must cover the difference between home and international tuition fees on their own.

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Dr Jia

Dr Laibing Jia

Chancellor'S Fellowships
Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

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Dr Kamranzad

Dr Bahareh Kamranzad

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Number of places: 1

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Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Programme: Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Contact us

For further details, contact Please include 'SCDT' in your email subject line for all correspondence related to this opportunity.