The NDC offers funded PhD opportunities for high calibre students across a range of disciplines, including, engineering, environmental sciences, marine biology, computing sciences, economics, and law. PhD students benefit from being part of a multidisciplinary research team supporting the energy sector to deliver sustainable net zero decommissioning and the energy transition.

The NDC is home to a cutting-edge marine simulator – a walk-in 9m diameter, 300-degree visual immersive environment with 4 control stations providing real-time and real-physics simulations. Other advanced facilities at the centre include a high-power laser, indoor water immersion tank, hyperbaric testing and several large capacity environmental chambers.

To find out more about our awarded PhD research projects, please visit our PhD Projects.

Our next PhD opportunities are currently advertised on FindAPhD.   They are fully funded PhD Projects in Floating Wind working with ORE Catapult and the National Decommissioning Centre, and include the following.

Simulations of Floating Offshore Wind Marine Operations – The National Decommissioning Centre’s £1.6 million immersive simulation suite will be used to trial virtual marine operations related to the installation and maintenance of FOWT systems in a risk-free environment.

Study of Environmental Interactions of FOW Technology – This will investigate how key environmental stakeholders, advisory bodies and research organisations can work together to identify gaps in their knowledge of how offshore wind farms interact with the marine environment, and better identify solutions.

Multi-objective Design Optimisation of Floating Offshore Wind Systems – This will develop a numerical tool to improve the design of combined floating platforms and mooring and dynamic cable systems, allowing users to quickly identify the best solutions based on project circumstance and cost.