PhD Researchers Sought for Major €5.8m Renewables Project

    A new, innovative ‘Renewable Engine’ project, a major collaborative effort between Ireland and the UK, is seeking to recruit a dozen talented, practically-driven PhD students to support a substantive scale-up in commercial activity.

    The hunt is on to find the best PhD student talent to fill 12 funded places which will pair-up the right skills and talent with award-winning industry leaders in the areas of energy and manufacturing.

    The collaboration between Queen’s University Belfast, IT Sligo, University of Strathclyde Glasgow and led by South West College in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone, support will be provided across the partner institutions, with additional provision from Manufacturing NI, Action Renewables and Mid-Ulster Council.

    The four-year programme was devised to build a cluster of research and innovation SMEs, backed by €5.8m in Special EU Programmes Body funding.

    Opportunities within the energy and manufacturing sectors are large and Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland are already among the world’s leading innovators in the delivery of energy solutions and in driving export-led growth through manufacturing prowess.

    Lead project partner, Dr Jill Cush said:“The range of employment opportunities within the energy and manufacturing industries locally is extremely diverse, and the scale of demand for talent is vast.

    “Many energy and advanced manufacturing technologies are at a key innovation stage and the progress being made by pioneering companies across the UK and Ireland has been nothing short of outstanding.

    “We want to support this growth, and opportunity, by signing up 12 passionate PhD students who want to advance their careers quickly in a practical, focused way. The available academic support and funding will allow them and their partner companies to drive world class excellence in these exciting and growing areas.

    “Successful PhD students enlisted to the aptly-named ‘Renewable Engine’ project will secure the chance to work directly within industry, driving forward strategic projects through research and innovation.”

    This ground-breaking project aims to support the development of a new and unique cross-border research and innovation ‘supercluster’ involving high-calibre research and industry partners which can capitalise on the world class facilities and resources available through academic partners.

    Supported by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for the Economy NI and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland, PhD students and companies taking part will benefit directly from the targeted industrial research support and technology development opportunities on offer.

    The project will be implemented across Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland.

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