Probability-based prediction of human structure interaction effects for vibration serviceability design

   School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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  Dr Andre Jesus, Dr A Palmeri  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


The design of modern infrastructure is increasingly driven by vibration serviceability, rather than ultimate limit states. Case studies, such as the Millenium footbridge, illustrate the importance of developing research into human-structure interaction effects and imparting this knowledge towards new design standards/codes.

The 'Structures and Materials' research group invites applications for a PhD position in the area of human-structure interaction (HSI). Under the supervision of Dr Andre Jesus, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, the PhD student will have the unique opportunity to develop expertise in HSI, advanced probabilistic modelling and be involved with leading experts/use state-of-the-art research facilities in the field. The student’s interests and background will steer the research direction, although the primary goal of this project is to develop probabilistic tools which allow to reliably predict HSI.

We are seeking a talented student who is enthusiastic about developing innovative solutions to quantify HSI in this emerging area. The candidate could have a background in any relevant STEM subject, including (but not limited to) structural engineering, sports, biomechanics, computational probabilistic modelling, AI. The candidate should have strong analytical skills and ideally have experience in programming and working with large data sets. Previous experimental work related to sensing and instrumentation is also advantageous. The successful candidate will have the chance to conduct innovative research with leading researchers both within the UK and internationally. Candidates should contact Dr Andre Jesus to discuss the research proposal and funding options. Highly competitive candidates can receive full/partial funding.


Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in subjects relating to structural dynamics or probabilistic mechanics are particularly welcome. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

A strong candidate may be put forward for a competitively awarded school studentship to start in October 2023.

Architecture, Building & Planning (3) Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

Funding Notes

UK FEE £4,500 Full-time degree per annum
INTERNATIONAL FEE £24,100 Full-time degree per annum

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