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PhD Scholarship in Civil Engineering: Intelligent Data Analysis for Civil Engineering Applications in the Context of Urban Water.

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    Dr David Ayala-Cabrera
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  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

If you have a strong desire to undertake a PhD programme which focuses on the Intelligent Data Analysis for Civil Engineering Applications in the Context of Urban Water, you could be selected to receive a four-year PhD scholarship at the UCD School of Civil Engineering. University College Dublin is an Ireland’s global university and a world-leading centre for cutting-edge research and education in Civil Engineering and related disciplines The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Dr David Ayala-Cabrera ( and will receive a four-year scholarship covering full tuition fees, a stipend and a research fund to work at the UCD School of Civil Engineering. The School’s core values are of excellence in both research and education, and a willingness to engage in university and professional life.

The research project will explore intelligent data analysis for applications in civil engineering within an urban water context. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute/develop one of the following two challenging research lines: 1) buried asset assessment using non-destructive techniques; e.g. ground penetrating radar (GPR), and 2) complex system analysis and resilience. The aforementioned research lines are articulated through Intelligent Data Analysis and both focus on the Protection of Critical Infrastructures in the context of Urban Water. This PhD scholarship aims to provide one student who has great potential and very strong analytical skills, the opportunity to work within an exciting multidisciplinary research field. We invite applications for the PhD programme, starting September 2020 or January 2021 (depending on circumstances). On completion of the PhD, the successful candidate will earn a PhD in Civil Engineering from University College Dublin, under the supervision of Dr David Ayala-Cabrera. Potential candidates with background in Engineering / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Science or cognate disciplines from an accredited institution are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Applications are accepted from candidates from Ireland, the EU and worldwide.
• An upper 2.1 or first class honours degree or equivalent in Engineering / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Science or cognate disciplines from an accredited institution. An upper second class degree in a Master’s degree programme in an appropriate STEM area such as Engineering / Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Science or a related area may also be suitable.
• Experience (or interest) in urban water sector, including research, industry or public sector.
• Experience (desirable) in the use of tool for analysing data; e.g. Phyton, MatLab, R.
• Excellent communication skills in English, particularly in relation to report writing and delivering presentations. Further details on the UCD’s minimum English language requirements can be found at
• Strong organizational skills.
• Ability to work as part of a team, including collaboration with other disciplines but also independently.
• The candidate is expected to publish her/his research in scientific journals and conferences.

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How to Apply

The PhD has a commencement date in September 2020 or January 2021 (depending on circumstances). The application must be submitted via email to [Email Address Removed] no later than 15th May, 2020, 23:59 Irish Standard Time, and must include:
• A curriculum vitae, CV
• A cover letter, outlining the research interests of the applicant, with particular relevance to the topics involved in the advertised PhD position. Please make sure to include in your document examples of projects in which you successfully demonstrate your knowledge and technical and analytical skills. (max 2 pages).
• The contact information for two professional referees from whom references may be requested.

Selected candidates will be interviewed in June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 30th June 2020 should consider their application has been unsuccessful in this occasion.

About School: The UCD School of Civil Engineering is a dynamic, research-driven school with a clear focus on delivering excellent teaching programmes. The School host two research centres: The Dooge Centre for Water Resources Research ( and Centre for Critical Infrastructure Research ( For more information about the research structure and programmes consult the UCD School of Civil Engineering website (

Funding Notes

The PhD successful candidate will receive the following financial support for 4 years:
• A stipend of €18,000 per annum to assist with living expenses.
• Full funding for UCD tuition fees for EU/non-EU applicants.
• A research allowance of €4,000 per annum towards research cost of PhD student.
• Successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of the UCD Structured PhD programme. This programme offers several innovative and high-quality measures designed to support UCD PhD students to achieve academic and professional objectives. Further details about the UCD Structured PhD programme can be found at

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