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Modelling coastal cliff erosion/collapse as a result of extreme weather impacts: case study at east coast of the UK


Civil Engineering

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Dr M Heidarzadeh No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project titled “Modelling coastal cliff erosion/collapse as a result of extreme weather impacts: case study at east coast of the UK”. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK.

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Coastal cliff erosion/collapse is a major problem along the coasts of the UK and has been considered as a major national challenge. As the weather is becoming more severe, and more intense storms are coming to the shores of the UK, it is projected that the coastal cliff erosion/collapse would speed up. This project is aimed at developing a numerical model for the case of severe coastal cliff erosion occurring along the UK coasts. The model will be validated using the existing cliff erosion data and then will be employed to study the effects of extreme storm scenarios.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to apply numerical simulations in Coastal Engineering using open-source numerical packages such as OpenFOAM and TELEMAC.

Please contact Dr Mohammad Heidarzadeh at [Email Address Removed] for an informal discussion about this studentship.

Eligibility
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.

Experience in Numerical simulations in Coastal Engineering subjects is an advantage. In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to Apply
Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to [Email Address Removed] Interviews will take place in July 2020.
• Your up-to-date CV;
• Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
• Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
• Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
• Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.
Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.


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