Underwater tracking of marine mammals around renewable energy systems PhD

Department(s):
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Part-time:
Not available
Reference number:
PL080917
Start date:
1 January 2018
UK/EU fees:
TBC
International fees:
TBC
Location:
Loughborough
Application deadline:
13 December 2017

Achievements

3rd

in the UK for research quality

REF 2014

10th

in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2018

Winner

of 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes

Overview

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

With the increased global demands for energy we have seen rapid developments in renewable technologies over the last few decades. A key area for this development is in the offshore marine sector including technologies such as offshore wind, tidal and wave energy extraction. The UK is a world leader in the development and implementation of offshore wind and in the development of newer technologies such as wave and tidal energy systems.

Coupled with these major developments there have been growing concerns about the impact of large scale industrialisation of marine habitats and potential impacts on the marine eco-system and environments.

Acoustics can play a fundamental role in the sensory perception of almost all marine species from marine mammals and fish right through to invertebrates and birds. A key concern is in the area of underwater acoustic noise generated by manmade systems during their full life cycle of construction, operation and decommissioning and its total contribution to the existing acoustic environment.

This acoustic environment is complex and interference from manmade noise may interfere with critical life cycles however significant research questions are still unanswered about the nature of the interaction of marine species with these sound sources. This research would entail the development and testing of systems to monitor and track marine species underwater to allow assessment of critical behaviours and response of these species to man-made noise. The project would entail working closely with marine acoustics engineers, the offshore industry, regulator, policy makers, marine biologist, eco-system scientists etc.

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Dr Paul Lepper

Secondary supervisor: Dr Simon Pomeroy 

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Paul Lepper or register your interest and ask us a question.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering or equivalent sciences.

A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Signal processing
  • Hardware and software design

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
TBC
International:
TBC

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.  

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. Please quote reference number: PL080917

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