BN-02b PhD Studentship on “Systems modeling of luminescent lightshelves in buildings”
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National Institute, University College, Cork, and supported by Velux Stiftung, invites applications for a PhD Studentship on Systems modelling of luminescent lightshelves in buildings. The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of Velux Stiftung funded project on luminescent spectral-shifting with light-propagation to provide visual and circadian luminance under low-daylight and in poorly-daylit locations.
The Research Programme
Blue light in the wavelength range 460-480mm is effective in maintaining the human circadian clock. The penetration of daylight may not provide sufficient luminance that maintain healthily synchronized biorhythms. Luminescent devices with appropriate spectral shifting can provide lighting conditions that maintain biorhythmic health. Without incurring the energy use associated with artificial lighting. Natural variations in solar illuminance directly produce the output illuminance. These three PhD studentships will research different aspects of bringing such devices to reality. Further information on the research programme can be found here.
Four year PhD studentships are available supported by a stipend from the Velux Stiftung, Zurich, Switzerland.
This studentship will be focused on the daylighting performance of luminescent lightshelves in representative real conditions in buildings. Full room simulations of luminescent lightshelves will be developed using an established dynamic daylight simulation tool. The design optimization of key parameters and components will be investigated. Possible techniques for integration of the developed luminescent devices into buildings including using variable transmittance materials will be proposed and investigated. Validation of simulation results will be made by comparison with laboratory characterisations of performance of proof-of-concept systems carried out via exposure to a range of real ambient daylight conditions.
Other key responsibilities:
This student will be based in the International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.
Lead supervisor: Professor Brian Norton; Co-supervisors: Dr Sarah McCormack, Dr Carlos Ochoa, Dr Padraig Lyons
For any informal queries, please contact Prof Brian Norton, email@example.com
Each application must comprise of an up-to-date curriculum vitae, copies of qualifications, valid English proficiency test results (if applicable) and a letter indicating the applicant’s suitability to the particular studentship applied for.
An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position. Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.
Closing date of applications is 20th August, 2021.
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Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations
(https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/). Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.
Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.
The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.
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At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.
Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.