Strathclyde Game Changers
2023 Summer Research Placements
The University of Strathclyde is constantly looking to improve its research output and working environments. A key aspect of this is ensuring we build teams made up of diverse groups of thinkers and problem solvers, collaborating in supportive and inclusive environments. We know that the best results are achieved when different voices and different points of view are all brought together. In order to foster the next generation of game changing researchers, we have therefore established a program of internships to demystify research and ensure the possibilities of academia are open to all.
The Game Changers program offers fully funded 8-12 week internships and placements, in engineering disciplines, to students sitting between first year undergraduate and masters degree level studies. Each project sees a candidate joining an active research team and/or industrial partner, and working alongside them throughout. Interns will have a chance to see, experience and contribute to real life research, gaining valuable insight into PhD studies, academic life and the engineering industry. They will also learn valuable skills which can aid them in their studies and future projects. Most importantly, these internships help bring the world of research out from behind closed doors, exposing new minds to a world of possibilities where their skills and insights can provide valuable contributions in the years to come.
In order to apply to a specific project, please submit an up-to-date CV and covering letter which details:
1) The project to which you are applying
2) Why you are excited by your chosen project
3) Why you are keen to participate in a scheme designed to improve the diversity and inclusiveness of research teams.
Application documents should be submitted to email@example.com. The submission deadline is 5pm on Friday 28th April 2023. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity, please get in touch via the same email address.
Diversity statement: If you’ve got the right skills for any of these roles then we want to hear from you. We encourage applications from candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, belief or race.
Project: Wind energy knowledge-lead for the WeDoWind CUBICO open data exploration challenge
Location: Glasgow, UK
Duration of the internship: 10-12 weeks
Starting date: Flexible, likely around beginning of June
Working pattern: Generally 9-5, 5 days a week, but flexibility is offered
Game Changers is going international! This project offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of the first international collaborative Game Changers research project. Three research interns will be hired to work together, tackling real world data-driven wind energy challenges, with each student based at a different partner university. Interns will be expertly supported by their host institution to drive their particular contribution to this work. Partners in this work are Cubico Sustainable Investments, the Wind Energy Innovation Division of the Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences (OST), and Texas A&M University (TAMU). Strathclyde’s intern on this project will take on the role of wind energy knowledge-lead.
Background and motivation: The digital transformation is one of the key drivers for reducing costs and risks of wind energy. A lack of data and knowledge sharing is one of the largest barriers to a successful digital transformation of wind energy. WeDoWind is seeking to take away the fear associated with data and knowledge sharing – and foster collaborative mind-sets in wind energy! This will ultimately help the world reach its ambitious net zero goals. The WeDoWind is a method for solving the most pressing problems collaboratively based on setting “challenges” and using data provided by the industry, providing both challenge providers and solution developers with added value and access to what they need. Cubico has recently published two sets of open wind farm SCADA data for the wind farms Kelmarsh and Penmanshiel. Several WeDoWind Challenges are already running in the WeDoWind Cubico Open Data Exploration (CODE) space. However, Cubico is continuously looking for new and exciting ways to use their data. This collaborative Game Changers project has therefore been developed to mutually benefit both the programme participants (the interns) and the challenge provider (Cubico Sustainable Investments). The interns will have the opportunity to work closely with experts at their host institutions, have access to real world turbine data, and will actively contribute to important ongoing research. In return, Cubico will be provided with a wide range of interesting and useful inputs and solutions to their problem(s).
What will you do? In order to allow for free and open innovation, the parameters of this work have been left up to the interns. The first task of the assembled research team will therefore be to explore the available data, seek to understand Cubico’s needs and requirements and then, supported by their expert supervisory teams, identify the specific problem that will be tackled, and the outcomes which will be sought. The research interns contributing to this work will tackle the problem collectively, but, each will have a different role which reflects the expertise available at their host institution. Strathclyde’s intern will take on the role of wind energy knowledge-lead, requiring them to drive efforts to understand the practical nature of wind turbine operation and monitoring data, the form that data takes, and the impacts of additional effects such as turbine curtailment events. They will develop this domain knowledge through interactions with wind energy experts at Strathclyde, as well as being supported by a PhD student mentor from the Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures CDT. Your role on the overall team will then be to use this contextual knowledge to support how the identified data-driven problem should be best approached given the operational turbine knowledge you develop. For example, this may lead you to suggest that the data be partitioned according to operating region, wind speed etc. OST and TAMU interns will assume knowledge-lead roles related to data driven methods and machine learning. Beyond each team members’ specific role, all interns will contribute to the overall analysis, coding and testing.
Required skills and experience: Candidates should have an interest in renewable energy technology and data-driven analysis. An engineering or relevant STEM background is desirable, ideally with some exposure to wind energy. Proven communication and team working skills are key. Candidates should be comfortable leading information gathering efforts, including eliciting support from third parties where necessary.