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  Adaptive optimisation of road transport infrastructure management
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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A road transport system should aim to achieve a fair balance between safety, user satisfaction, condition, cost and the environment.
  Collapse investigation and retrofit of ageing infrastructure against hazardous events
  Dr K Skalomenos
Applications accepted all year round

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Our futuristic vision for Sustainable and Resilient Structures is one that has transparent expectations of structural performance against time, increased loads, environmental changes and natural disasters.
  Data mining techniques for road safety policy making
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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Road safety is associated with target setting at policy making lever. Such targets are usually associated with statistical analysis of accident data.
  Effective infrastructure measures to improve pedestrian safety at unsignalised crossings
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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The safety of pedestrians is a critical area for improvement in international programmes. The pedestrian star ratings used by iRAP provide an initial benchmark of safety performance and priority improvements that are cost effective.
  Investigating the Interactions between Drilling Mud and Surrounding Soil in Horizontal Directional Drilling
  Dr A Royal, Prof D N Chapman
Applications accepted all year round

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Horizontal directional drilling is a technique that offers the ability to install pipes and cables without the need for open cut excavation.
  Methods of estimation of pedestrian flow suitable for low and middle income countries
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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The safety of pedestrians is a critical area for improvement in international programmes. The pedestrian star ratings used by iRAP provide an initial benchmark of safety performance and priority improvements that are cost effective.
  Modelling road development costs and benefits due to changes in agricultural and industrial outputs to support HDM4 analysis
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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Road development cost and benefits due to changes in agricultural and industrial outputs are not directly included in HDM4.
  Numerical modelling of cement-bentonite barriers under various in situ loading, and hydrogeological, conditions
  Dr A Royal
Applications accepted all year round

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Hardened low permeability slurry walls are used to control groundwater/contamination plume flows in various engineering applications.
  Pedestrian risk of walking alongside roads versus risk of crossing roads
  Dr H Evdorides
Applications accepted all year round

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The safety of pedestrians is a critical area for improvement in a number of international programmes. The pedestrian star ratings used by iRAP provide an initial benchmark of safety performance and priority improvements that are cost effective.
  Potential use of Recycled/Secondary Aggregates in Geotechnical Engineering
  Dr A Royal
Applications accepted all year round

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The amount of primary aggregates, a finite and non-renewable resource, used annually in Europe is in the Gigatonne range, whilst more than a Gigatonne of wastes are landfilled each year.
  The aerodynamics of freight trains
  Prof Mark Sterling, Dr D Soper
Applications accepted all year round

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Developments in the capabilities of rail freight, including increased freight speeds and larger, better connected rail networks, will enable greater competition between rail and road markets while having many environmental benefits.
  The climatology of thunderstorm downbursts
  Prof Mark Sterling, Prof G Kopp, Dr M Jesson
Applications accepted all year round

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Thunderstorm downbursts are relatively short-lived, extreme winds which can result in wind speeds matching those of medium-strength tornadoes.
  Understanding and improving wind risk assessment for farm forests in Ireland
  Prof N Metje, Prof Mark Sterling
Application Deadline: 31 October 2020

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Strong winds can result in tree uprooting (windthrow, the most common one) and/or breakage (windsnap) causing considerable damage and leading to major financial losses for forest owners.
  Use of polymer concrete as a lining material for small diameter tunnels installed using Microtunnelling Machines
  Dr A Royal, Prof D N Chapman
Applications accepted all year round

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Trenchless technologies are used to install buried infrastructure without the need for open cut excavations. One such technique is microtunnelling; this uses microtunnelling machines to excavate the bore whilst the lining is traditionally installed via pipe jacking or auto-erecting segmental systems.
  Bistatic UHF Synthetic Aperture Radar Phenomenology
  Dr M Antoniou, Prof M Cherniakov
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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This project is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the UK with the research conducted at the University of Birmingham, UK.
  Design of a device for resection of bladder tumours
  Prof D Shepherd
Applications accepted all year round

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For all patients with bladder cancer, the initial surgical procedure comprises endoscopic bladder cancer surgery. transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) (This surgical procedure originated in the 1930s and has changed little since.
  Development of a bladder phantom
  Prof D Shepherd
Applications accepted all year round

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Realistic physical models, or phantoms, of the human bladder are essential for testing new medical devices and techniques before clinical trials, and to reduce the need for animals in device development (3Rs).
  Droplet Adhesion on Liquid-Repellent Surfaces
  Dr N Gao
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD student position funded at UK/EU rate is available to work on droplet wetting and adhesion behaviours in the group of Dr Nan Gao within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham.
  Ingestible sensors for the detection of gastrointestinal disease
  Dr G Cummins
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Medicine is changing due to the growing use of big data and continuous or regular physiological monitoring of the body using wearable sensors.
  Intra-body communication for ingestible electronics
  Dr G Cummins
Applications accepted all year round

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Galvanic and capacitive coupling are techniques whereby the human body is used as a transmission medium for the bidirectional transfer of low-power, and low-frequency electrical signals between two devices.
  Machine Learning in Cognitive Radar for enhanced detection and tracking
  Prof C Baker, Dr M Antoniou
Applications accepted all year round

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This project is funded by the EPSRC’s I-CASE scheme and BAE Systems. The over-arching aim of the programme is to develop the next generation of signal processing algorithms that will push the limits of radar situational awareness in challenging operating environments beyond what is currently achievable.
  Robust Detection of Small Airborne Targets for Secure Society
  Dr M Jahangir, Prof C Baker
Applications accepted all year round

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This project is funded by the Department of Transport on Future of Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme, and supported by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Aveillant Limited.
  Temporal Design for the Additive Manufacturing of Medical Devices
  Dr L Thomas-Seale, Dr R J Dyson
Applications accepted all year round

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Dr Lauren Thomas-Seale is a principle investigator in the Biomedical Engineering Research Group, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham.
  Deriving a new weighted capitation model for UK General Practice
  Prof T Marshall
Application Deadline: 1 September 2020

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BACKGROUND. Capitation payments make up the majority of General Practice income in the UK NHS. Capitation payments are weighted using the Carr-Hill formula to take account of factors affecting workload.
  Identifying typologies of General Practitioners’ through analysis of prescribing decisions
  Prof T Marshall
Application Deadline: 31 October 2020

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It has been demonstrated that used Facebook users’ “likes” can be used to reliably identify their personality characteristics and preferences.[1] This project proposes to use general practitioners’ (GPs’) prescribing decisions to characterise their treatment preferences and provide insights into variation in clinical behaviour between clinicians.
  Regulation of host cell DNA damage response pathways by adenovirus
  Dr A S Turnell, Dr C McCabe
Applications accepted all year round

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Human adenoviruses are small non-enveloped viruses with a linear, double-stranded DNA genome. Adenovirus has long served as a faithful model for dissecting the molecular basis of key cellular signalling pathways that regulate fundamental biological processes such as cell growth, cell differentiation and cell death.
  Analysing immune responses to metastatic ovarian tumours to identify therapeutic targets
  Dr J H Caamano, Dr D Withers
Applications accepted all year round

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Ovarian cancer remains the most lethal gynaecological malignancy for women over 50 years old (1).
  Creating “super” regulatory T cells to combat rejection, GVHD and autoimmunity through retroviral gene manipulation
  Dr N Jones, Dr S Lee
Applications accepted all year round

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Foxp3+CD25+CD4+ regulatory T cells (Treg) have been shown to be essential for the induction of tolerance to foreign organ transplants in experimental models.
  Investigating how ovarian tumours avoid immune responses in cancer patients
  Dr J H Caamano, Dr D Withers
Applications accepted all year round

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Ovarian cancer remains the most lethal gynaecological malignancy for women over 50 years old (1).
  Establishing a rationale for FGF23 modulation as a therapy in the critically ill patient
  Dr D Parekh, Prof D Thickett, Dr A Scott
Application Deadline: 1 September 2020

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Research interests/description of main research theme. Everyone suffers at least one critical illness during their life. In the UK, 160,000 critically ill patients are admitted annually to intensive care units (ICU).
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