About the Project
The aim of this PhD project is to develop and apply new testing methods to quantify the effects of plant transpiration on the hydro-mechanical behaviour of vegetated soil. The research will be predominantly based on laboratory testing to identify the effects of transpiration-induced suction on mechanical shearing and its induced volumetric behaviour of unsaturated vegetated soil. Detailed soil-root interaction including interface sliding and root straining will be investigated. Key soil properties (such as water retention curve) that govern the root-water uptake capability of vegetated soil will also be identified. Output from this research will provide a comprehensive high-quality dataset that could help improving the understanding of soil-water-root interaction.
The successful candidate will predominantly implement the experimental work at the University of Dundee (UoD) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI; the largest agricultural/environmental research institute in the UK). The candidate will be directed by two supervisors with a background in Geotechnical Engineering (at UoD) and Plant and Soil Science (at JHI).
Application must attach the following supplementary Information:
Personal statements detailing
- Why you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree;
- Why you are interested in working on this project;
- What you would bring to the project; and
- What you would hope to gain from the project
Two academic references
Degree certification and transcripts
Applicants will be shortlisted and an interview will be arranged in early August 2014. Expected start date October/November 2014.
The evaluators in assessing the applications will be looking for evidence closely matching the majority of the following attributes:
• Clarity and focus of applicant's statement of purpose and potential for higher degree studies;
• Research experience, resulting in a paper presentation, publication in a scholarly journal or equivalent output to date;
• Degree of interest expressed by faculty / potential supervisors in working with the applicant as graduate student;
• Writing / communication skills as revealed through the statement documents attached in the application; and
• Status and quality of the applicant's references
Candidates should hold a minimum of a UK 2.1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant scientific or engineering subject. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this project, a wide range of subjects may provide an appropriate background, including Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Forestry, Physics/Physical Sciences, Physical Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biophysics, and Environmental Biology/Biologicial sciences.
The studentships are only open to both UK/EU nationals. The full award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and will provide an annual stipend at standard EPSRC rate.
Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.
Based on your current search criteria we thought you might be interested in these.