The world leading Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (CDT-SIS) at the University of Southampton aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists with the interdisciplinary skills needed to develop the UK's infrastructure that is essential for economic growth, security, societal wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The CDT is jointly funded by EPSRC, the University of Southampton and partners from industry, and focuses on 3 key sectors:
Particular attention is directed at the interactions between the sectors and the concepts of sustainability and resilience. The Centre forms part of a programme of initiatives to further develop the University of Southampton’s outstanding research expertise and experimental facilities in engineering and the environment, linked to the construction of a new National Infrastructure Laboratory at the University’s Boldrewood Engineering Campus.
Around 10 fully funded studentships are available for 2016/17. You will join a dynamic cohort of high calibre students representing the 3 key sectors identified, and work as part of a team with world leading academics and industrial partners.
The programme is based on a 1+3 year integrated model with the first year comprising a formal taught component encompassing transferable, interdisciplinary and management skills as well as technical aspects. The first year taught programme will be flexible and based on your background, experience, and needs. In the following 3 years you will conduct your research project supervised by a strong academic team in collaboration with industry. Projects cover a wide range of topics in the interdisciplinary and globally important area of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems.
A unique selling point of the CDT-SIS is the opportunity to engage with international partners on overseas training placements. This is in recognition of the global nature of the infrastructure challenge in both developed nations (where refurbishment may be the priority) and developing nations (where the focus may be on new build). This will allow you to work closely with international collaborators to gain insight into similarities and differences in the infrastructure challenges faced in different regions, and the processes by which solutions are developed. During the international training placements you will join a network of experts in your selected field and gain access to world class facilities outside of the UK.
All projects are supported by both the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and an industrial or other sponsor. This provides for full UK fees for the 4 years and enhanced tax-free stipends (typically around £15,000 per year), along with support for project related costs. Additional funding of up to £8,000 will be available to each student as a contribution to the costs of an international placement.
You will benefit from the intellectual challenge of PhD level research as part of a cohort of high calibre dynamic students based within a community of world leading academics and industrial partners addressing exciting challenges associated with the delivery of sustainable infrastructure critical to the UK.
Other benefits include:
Applicants for the iPhD in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems must have, or expect to gain, a good first degree in engineering, or appropriate science discipline. The scheme offers full funding to UK nationals. If you wish to apply for the iPhD, please indicate this on your application form and ensure a personal statement, full degree transcripts and two references are included on applying.
Enquiries from potential students and industrial sponsors are always welcomed.
To view available projects please click on the links below:
|Development of integrated horizontal fish screen / bypass / fish pass system||Details|
|Protection of the Critically Endangered European eel: assessing the environmental and economic impact of alternative protection measures||Details|
|A Whole Life Carbon Model for Railway Track System Interventions||Details|
|CMEES-INF-119: Fibre reinforcement for railway ballast||Details|
|Ground support and modelling through railway switches & crossings and transitions||Details|
|Mechanical properties of re-used ballast||Details|
|Noise and vibration mitigation at Switches & Crossings||Details|
|Biological nutrient removal and phosphorus recovery from wastewater||Details|
For more details, and how to apply visit the Engineering & the Environment web pages
Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ