SCENARIO: the effect of non-neutral winds on wind power aerodynamics

Start date

1 October 2022


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

Scenario NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Funding information

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding.

This project is potentially funded by the Scenario NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, subject to a competition to identify the strongest applicants.

Due to UKRI rules, the DTP can only fund a very limited number of international students. We will only consider applications from international students with an outstanding academic background placing them in the top 10% of their cohort.

This studentship covers both fees and stipend – a tax-free maintenance grant which was £15,609 per year in 2021-22. You will also receive a Research Training and Support budget to cover costs such as conferences, workshops and equipment.


According to the UK government, offshore wind is intended to deliver 40GW of by 2030. As our society becomes ever-more dependent on wind power, it is increasingly important to gain a deeper understanding and more accurate predictability of our wind power availability to guarantee a greener future. You will focus on the characterisation of wind turbines performance and wakes interaction in different atmospheric conditions through a series of wind tunnel experiments in the EnFlo facility at Surrey.

Training opportunities

Specialised MSc modules on various aspects of atmospheric fluid mechanics are available at both the Universities of Surrey and Reading. The student will also be encouraged to take part in the Summer School in “Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability and the Environment” offered by the University of Cambridge (UK) and “Introduction to Measurement Techniques” Lecture Series at VKI (Belgium).


All Scenario studentships are initially offered for 3 years. If at the start of the studentship a gap in knowledge or training is identified for the specific project, the studentship can be extended to 3.5 years at that point. Towards the end of the PhD, there is the opportunity to apply for an extension, based on set criteria. The maximum duration of funding is 4 years.


Energy white paper: Powering our net zero future (2020), Department for Business, Energy Industrial Strategy.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of one of the following:

  • 2:1 bachelor degree
  • Masters degree with merit
  • Equivalent in a relevant engineering field (aeronautics, environmental, civil, mechanical) or physical/environmental science (physics, meteorology).

Excellent communications skills is a must. Previous experience with experimental work would be beneficial.

How to apply

Please follow the application instructions on the SCENARIO website.

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Application deadline

Contact details

Marco Placidi (he/him)
01 AB 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 684632
Philip Hancock
11 AB 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 689625

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