ACHILLES is a £4.9M EPSRC-funded programme led by Newcastle University working with 5 other UK Universities, the British Geological Survey and stakeholders.
ACHILLES aims to combine new scientific understanding of the deterioration of engineered soils with statistical approaches, to improve design and management of long linear geotechnical infrastructure (primarily transport & flood protection). The outcome will be significant lifecycle cost savings for infrastructure owners/operators and reduced disruption to society.
The team are looking for 3 outstanding PhD candidates to join the team and make an active contribution to one of its Research Challenges (RC):
RC 1 - Deterioration processes: material-scale testing and modelling
RC 2 - Asset performance: slope-scale testing, monitoring and modelling
RC 3 - Forecasting and decision support: network-scale statistical modelling, and whole-life costing
We are particularly keen to recruit students to undertake research at one of our two full-scale field sites. The work will be a combination of monitoring, sampling and experimentation in line with the aims of RCs 1 and 2. Other areas of interest are:
Successful candidates will expect to work in a team environment, make presentations at meetings and contribute to discussions with research and stakeholder partners. There may be opportunities for deeper engagement with industrial partners where appropriate.
This PhD project is primarily based at Newcastle University with Prof Stephanie Glendinning; Dr Ross Stirling; Dr Mohammed Rouainia; Prof Stefano Ultili; Prof Darren Wilkinson; Prof Chris Kilsby
The applicant is expected to have a first-class or 2.1 degree; BSc or MSc degree in engineering, environmental science, mathematics, or other relevant field. Experience in a laboratory or field environment is desired where relevant.
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.
If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.
You will need to:
3rd April 2020