PhD Scholarship Opportunity
Solutions for Improved Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in Light Weight Apartment Buildings
AU$30,000 PER YEAR (3 YEAR MAX)
It is widely recognised that the increasing urbanisation of Australian cities will shift our housing stock from the current predominance of detached dwellings to higher density living in urban apartments.
This exciting research project is focussed on firstly understanding Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in existing apartment buildings, and secondly developing new technologies and systems to improve IEQ in new light weight, cold formed steel apartment buildings. This will particularly focus on making the best use of the external surfaces or ‘envelope’ of these buildings to improve IEQ parameters such as access to fresh air and daylight, thermal comfort, noise reduction, etc.
The successful candidate for this PhD scholarship will work within a broader project to develop and improve advanced multi-functional steel-intensive wall and roof cladding systems, and develop systems and strategies to improve the IEQ and health of the occupants, as well as reduce building operational energy costs and life-cycle greenhouse emissions. The candidate will have the opportunity to work closely with, and be mentored by, industry partners. The project is funded by the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing.
The PhD candidate will be based at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong (UOW). The SBRC building is one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia, and is a net zero energy building that offers state-of-the-art research facilities. http://sbrc.uow.edu.au/
The PhD project will include the following objectives. 1. Evaluation of IEQ (including thermal comfort, ventilation/indoor air quality and noise levels) in existing mid-rise apartment buildings using both experimental field work and numerical modelling (using simulation tools such as EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, etc); 2. The development and evaluation of technical solutions to improve thermal comfort, air quality and acoustic performance, and increase the thermal mass of lightweight, cold-formed steel systems of construction for apartments. This may include the development and assessment of passive and mechanical ventilation systems where appropriate. 3. Review and benchmarking of international IEQ metrics and standards and development of a suitable Australian IEQ metric applicable to mid-rise residential buildings.
To be successful you will have a First Class honours Bachelor of Engineering degree, or equivalent, in a discipline relevant to this project (e.g. Mechanical, Environmental, Mechatronics, Civil, Building Services, etc). Applicants must demonstrate that they have 2 completed previous research training, e.g. having undertaken a thesis/project involving research methods. Knowledge and experience in building physics, and experimental and/or theoretical building performance analysis techniques are desirable. Experience and interest in sustainability and sustainable buildings is also desirable. The successful applicant will enrol in a PhD in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. The scholarship is open to both Australian and International applicants.
Applications should be made via email to Dr Zhenjun Ma (firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide: a cover letter stating why you are an excellent candidate for this position, a comprehensive CV and full academic transcripts of your results/grades in your undergraduate degree. Candidates with English as a second language must also provide their TOEFL or IELTS results.
Closing Date: 17th April 2016.