BN-02 PhD Studentship on “Systems modeling of luminescent light shelves in
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) at Tyndall National
Institute, University College, Cork, and supported by Velux Stiftung, invites
applications for a PhD Studentship on Systems modelling of luminescent light
shelves in buildings. The successful candidate will contribute to the
delivery of Velux Stiftung funded project on luminescent spectral-shifting
with light-propagation to provide visual and circadian luminance under low-
daylight and in poorly-daylit locations.
The Research Programme
Blue light in the wavelength range 460-480mm is effective in maintaining the
human circadian clock. The penetration of daylight may not provide sufficient
luminance that maintain healthily synchronized biorhythms. Luminescent devices
with appropriate spectral shifting can provide lighting conditions that
maintain biorhythmic health. Without incurring the energy use associated with
artificial lighting. Natural variations in solar illuminance directly produce
the output illuminance. These three PhD studentships will research different
aspects of bringing such devices to reality. Further information on the
research programme can be found here: link to research programme
Four year PhD studentships are available supported by a stipend from the Velux
Stiftung, Zurich, Switzerland.
This studentship will be focused on the daylighting performance of luminescent
light shelves in representative real conditions in buildings. Full room
simulations of luminescent light shelves will be developed using an
established dynamic daylight simulation tool. The design optimization of key
parameters and components will be investigated. Possible techniques for
integration of the developed luminescent devices into buildings including
using variable transmittance materials will be proposed and investigated.
Validation of simulation results will be made by comparison with laboratory
characterizations of performance of proof-of-concept systems carried out via
exposure to a range of real ambient daylight conditions.
Other key responsibilities
Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research, as directed by
and with the support of senior research staff.
Collaborate with other colleagues and end users to achieve the most
Reporting and presenting the work on a regular basis (internal and
Participate in Education and Public Engagement activities, as required.
Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management
system and required Health & Safety standards.
Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the
general scope and level of the post.
The minimum academic qualification is a first or upper second class
honours degree relevant physical sciences/engineering/architecture/
building sciences discipline (H2.1 minimum) or equivalent
Demonstrable English language proficiently is essential.
Experience with appropriate lab-equipment, simulation tools and modelling
An ability to work independently to a schedule.
A demonstrated capability in the delivery of research projects at
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
High levels of initiative, self-management, achievement-orientation, and
motivation are encouraged.
A relevant Master's Degree
Good analytical skills and computer skills.
Evidence of excellent organizational and communication skills.
Evidence of excellent time management skills.
This student will be based in the International Energy Research Centre
(IERC), Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.
Lead supervisor: Professor Brian Norton; Co-supervisors : Dr Sarah McCormack,
Dr Carlos Ochoa, Dr Padraig Lyons
For any informal queries, please contact Prof Brian Norton,
Each application must comprise of an up-to-date curriculum vitae, copies of
qualifications, valid English proficiency test results (if applicable) and a
letter indicating the applicant's suitability to the particular studentship
An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for the successful candidate for
this position plus yearly University Academic Fees will be paid.
Step 1 - Clickhere to download and complete the Application form and
indicate the Job Reference BN-02
Step 2 – Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and
motivation letter email@example.com. Please ensure that your motivation
letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.
Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide
evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations
(https: // www. ucc.ie/en/study/comparison/english/postgraduate/). Certificates
should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with
their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior
degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of
English language proficiency.
Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check
may form part of the selection process.
The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional
appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the
Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on
University approval, together with the terms of the employment control
framework for the higher education sector.
At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of
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