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PhD opportunity in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Design and Analysis

   Dyson School of Design Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

London United Kingdom Aerospace Engineering Applied Mathematics Civil Engineering Data Analysis Energy Technologies Environmental Engineering Operational Research

About the Project

I am always looking for excellent candidates to pursue PhD studies in my research group, focusing on the theme of Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Design and Analysis at the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London.

The research in my group currently focuses on developing new data-driven methodologies to analyze the design of complex infrastructure systems operating under uncertainty, and leveraging the concept of flexibility (also known as real options) as a way to enable better sustainability, resilience, and economic performance.

The research is motivated by the need for more resilient and adaptable infrastructure systems in the future in the UK and around the world, considering the new realities of climate change, physical and cyber terrorism, pandemics, and rapid urbanization, as well as uncertainty in upcoming technology, markets, and regulations. The goal is to develop new design decision-making tools that are inspired by and aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG - and ESGs (Environmental, Sustainable, and Corporate) criteria.

Pursuing a PhD in my research group will enable a highly talented and motivated individual to develop and deepen research skills in areas such as Data Analytics, Engineering Design, Finance, Machine Learning, Optimization, Real Options Analysis, Systems Engineering, and/or Uncertainty and Risk Analysis.

Infrastructure systems of interest are primarily in the areas of Energy (e.g. smart grids, power generation systems) and Transportation (e.g. on-demand mobility), but may also cover other areas such Aeronautics and Astronautics (e.g. airports of the future, electric aircrafts), Water Management (e.g. dam design), and Space Exploration (e.g. infrastructures for human settlements on the Moon, space mining).

Candidates with a strong connection with industry who can leverage this relationship for their doctoral studies are particularly welcome.

Application Process

If interested, please email the following information to :

- Cover letter (1 page): please explain why you are interested in the position, what skills and expertise make you a highly competitive candidate, why you want to pursue a PhD, and a short proposal on how you would tackle the above challenges
- Resume (2 pages): include all grades for your undergraduate and graduate studies (if any), evidence of impact (e.g. awards, competitive funding, publications). Note that only applicants from top universities in a relevant engineering, design, or scientific discipline will be considered, with a minimum of 2:1 or First Class (or equivalent GPA for other applicants). For more details see the School's entrance requirements (

Expected start date

On a rolling basis, applications submitted now will be considered for a start on or before 30 September 2020.
There is no submission deadline, opportunities remain open until filled.

Further information

For more information about this opportunity or to contact Dr Cardin, please go to the following link:

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