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Remote condition monitoring of civil assets to assist with the prediction of residual service life and maintenance interventions. (Advert Ref: RDFC22/EE/MCE/EDMONDSON)

   Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering

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  Dr Vikki Edmondson  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

An opportunity has arisen for 3-year funded PhD scholarship in the area of remote sensing, data acquisition and processing. The student will join the research group of Dr Vikki Edmondson and Professor James Martin who are investigating the use of remote sensing technologies to understand the deterioration of infrastructure assets.

The scholarship is part funded by Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), who provide water and sewerage services to 1.3 million properties in the north of England. NWG manage a range of civil asset encompassing, water and sewage treatment works, reservoirs, pumping stations, sewers and water mains.

The proposed collaborative PhD project will focus on the development of methods to undertake remote condition monitoring of NWG civil assets, to assist with the prediction of residual service life and timing of maintenance interventions. The investigate will target remote sensing techniques with students having the opportunity to developing skills capturing data using advanced acoustic surveying technologies, photogrammetry and ground penetrating radar. Data from the different measurement methods will be computationally analysed with the successful student developing program code in MatLAB or Python.

Students are encouraged to apply who demonstrate an:

-       interest in data analysis and computational programming,

-       interest in remote sensing technologies, water engineering or civil engineering,

-       ability to learn new skills and build relationships with new people in an effective manner,

-       strong written and oral communication skills.

To arrange an informal chat about the opportunity interested candidate can email Dr Vikki Edmondson at [Email Address Removed].

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:

·      Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.

·      Appropriate IELTS score, if required.

·      Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see 

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDFC22/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: Monday, 19 Sept 2022

Start Date: 1 March 2023

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our doctoral students. We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme. We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers. 

Funding Notes

The studentship is available to Home Students and includes a full stipend, paid for 3 years at RCUK rates (for 2021/2, this is £15,609 p.a.) and full tuition fees.
* please note: to be classed as a Home student, candidates must meet the following criteria:
• Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
• have settled status, or
• have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
• have indefinite leave to remain or enter.
If a candidate does not meet the criteria above, they would be classed as an International student.

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