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PhD studentship in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Design and Analysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

There is an opening for a fully funded PhD studentship in Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure Systems Design and Analysis at the Dyson School of Design Engineering (, Imperial College London (

The project focuses on developing a new data-driven methodology 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 project is motivated by the need for more resilient and adaptable infrastructure systems in the future, considering the realities of climate change, 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 - The work will also leverage ongoing collaboration with industry, in addition to a newly developed framework known as Data and Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure (DAFNI -

The project 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 and Transportation, but may also cover other areas such Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space, and Water Management.

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 at :

- 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 (

This fully funded opportunity is available thanks to an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), offered to UK students. An equivalent studentship can be provided to UK/EU students. Please read the full requirements ( before submitting an application.

Expected start date

30 September 2019
There is no submission deadline, the position will remain open until it is filled

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