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Integration of HF Radar PhD position at Plymouth University

A new PhD position in Integration of HF Radar data and laboratory experiments for wave energy (3 years) is open at Plymouth University (UK). 

Start date: 1 January 2017

Director of Studies: Professor Deborah Greaves

2nd Supervisor: Dr Daniel Conley

3rd Supervisor: Dr Martyn Hann

4th Supervisor:  Professor Gregorio Iglesias 

Project description: 

With the advent of sophisticated observation tools such as directional wave buoys and the HF radar, more detailed information is available for wave farm design. This data shows clear variation in wave spectra measured at different wave farm locations and even within the wave farm site itself.

The aim of this project is to investigate how best the large amount of data now available for wave farm design should be used. In particular, how HF radar data may be used to design experiments for WEC testing in the laboratory. The project will assess how the performance and survivability of individual WECs and the entire wave farm is influenced by their location within the site; and inversely how a test programme for a wave farm may be tailor designed to suit a particular site.

Four design scenarios will be tested and compared: individual WEC location specific HF Radar measured spectra; site spatially-averaged HF Radar measured data; averaged wave buoy measured data; traditional approach using a standard spectrum. These different approaches to design of the experiment conditions will be applied for WEC testing in the PU Ocean basin. Experiments will then be carried out to test the performance and survivability of both a simple point absorber and oscillating water column (OWC) WEC. These experiments will contribute to the MARINET2 project round robin tests for WECs. It is expected that this project will lead to recommendations for WEC farm design based on any available site data.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification. 

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full Home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £14,296 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £11,040 per annum).

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Deborah Greaves, or Daniel Conley. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

General information about applying for a research degree at Plymouth University is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark it FAO Miss Francesca Niedzielski and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Marine Science and Engineering.

For more information on the admissions process contact Francesca Niedzielski.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 18 November 2016. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on or around 2 December 2016. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 15 December 2016 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

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