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PhD Scholarship Available - Building Integrated Solar

The UNSW Faculty of Built Environment, is seeking a highly motivated person to undertake PhD research in the area of Building Integrated Solar.

Traditional solar PV modules are attached to buildings for electricity production only. In contrast, new building-integrated transparent PV glazing products have the potential to deliver much greater value through improved day-lighting, spectral filtering, comfort and architectural aesthetic. The cost, as a replacement for traditional glazing options, is nearing parity, especially when the energy offset and emissions benefits are considered.

While examples of rooftop BIPV systems have been widely demonstrated, commercial use of transparent BIPV glazing is in its infancy. Research is required to understand how this product class can best be applied in the Australian context.

This research will contribute to the CRC for Low Carbon Node of Excellence in High Performance Architecture. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised with CSIRO and the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW.

To be successful in this role, you will need to demonstrate the following:

·A bachelor degree with honours or the equivalent

  • Knowledge of architecture, building energy efficiency or solar energy
  • Technical skills to master the relevant building thermal physics literature
  • Demonstrated research experience and project management skills
  • Excellent English communication skills both written and verbal skills

A generous PhD scholarship will be provided for 3 years with a possible extension to 3.5 years, namely, $30,000 per annum (Australian students) or $25,000 per annum (International students). The successful applicant will be expected to commence in the semester 2 in 2015.

Interested persons should email their CV, including details of how they meet the above criteria, together with an academic transcript by July 22, 2015 to Dr Lan Ding.