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PhD Studentship: Electromagnetic Compatibility for 25kV Rail Systems, funded by Network Rail


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Tuesday 13 February 2024
Reference:  ENG1709

Electrical System Study and Modelling Based on 25kV Railway AC Electrical System Measurement Data for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)

Applications are invited for a Network Rail funded, 3.5-year PhD programme to address key challenges in the rail industry. The successful candidate with be based at the University of Nottingham but will have the opportunity to collaborate with engineers from Network Rail. 

This PhD will investigate modelling techniques that can help engineers understand electromagnetic compatibility issues in railway 25kV AC overhead lines. This will include developing models, mathematical techniques and software tools that can predict how the power distribution lines, on-train power converters and trackside systems interact, and also understanding how related EMC issues can be mitigated. The research scope is to study the integrated systems based on the measurement data (already available) and the development of suitable modelling tool for future system analysis. An academic or technical background in the areas of power electronic systems, power systems, physics, mathematical modelling or software development is required. 

The PhD is offered jointly by the George Green Institute for Electromagnetic Research (GGIEMR) and Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) research groups, with funding and industrial guidance from Network Rail.

The GGIEMR is a global research leader in the areas of photonic and optoelectronic simulation, simulation for electromagnetic compatibility and power quality and experimental EMC testing. 

The Power Electronics, Machines and Control (PEMC) Research Group is internationally renowned and one of the largest on its field, it is based on Jubilee Campus in a new, purpose-built £18M facility. The PEMC group has a total Research Portfolio of over £25 million, and PEMC academics lead or are partners on high-impact, internationally recognised projects.

The start date to be agreed to suit the successful candidate, but with an expectation that this is in early 2024. Funding is available for home students at the current UKRI rate (tax free stipend of £18,622 + tuition fees). Applicants should have achieved or be expecting to achieve, at least a 2.1 degree in a relevant subject.

Please contact Dr Steve Greedy ( or Dr Paul Evans ( for more information.

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