Biological self-healing for advanced and sustainable masonry materials


   School of Engineering

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About the Project

Biological processes, such as biomineralization, have been explored for consolidating porous materials and as a new class of self-healing cement-based building materials. However, the technologies have yet to be explored for a range of environmentally friendly, cementless materials, such as stone and lime-based composites, which constitute a significant part of masonry and heritage structures worldwide.  

We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Researcher to join the team for Sustainable Building and Smart Heritage Conservation and take a leading role in the innovative field of biological self-healing by exploring the potential of traditional and advanced masonry materials to be responsive to the environment and self-heal before damage becomes critical.  

The project aims to (i) promote the adaptation and reuse of existing properties and heritage buildings as an alternative to new construction, (ii) develop smart technologies for reducing the maintenance operations of new and existing structures, offering radical solutions that align with the international targets for sustainable development. 

The PhD student will have the unique opportunity to join the vibrant and multi-disciplinary Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment and the Geotechnics & Structures Research Group at the School of Engineering. The project will be supervised across Civil Engineering, Architecture and Biological Sciences. 

Applicants must have: 

  • a 2.1 degree in Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Architecture or subjects related to construction materials and biotechnology applications in the built environment.   
  • experience in construction materials and/or bio-inspired applications. 
  • Masters level qualification in Engineering, Materials Science, Conservation Science, Biotechnology or a related field. 
  • IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills) if English is not your first language.  

Newcastle is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.  

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices. 

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