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 2017/18. 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:
|CDT-SIS-160: The influence of hydrodynamics on the collective behaviour of fish: an ecohydraulics approach to mitigating environmental impacts of water and energy infrastructure||Details|
|CDT-SIS-311: Development of behavioural deterrents to protect the European eel at dams and power stations||Details|
|CDT-SIS-115: Real Options Analysis to Manage Financial and Environmental Risks in Major Transport Infrastructure Projects (Oxera)||Details|
|CDT-SIS-132: Mechanical properties of re-used ballast||Details|
|CDT-SIS-133: A Whole Life Carbon Model for Railway Track System Interventions||Details|
|CDT-SIS-135: Noise and vibration mitigation at Switches & Crossings||Details|
|CDT-SIS-155: Effects of multiscale roughness on turbulent flows||Details|
|CDT-SIS-156: Effects of turbulent flow conditions on performance of wind and tidal turbines||Details|
|CDT-SIS-158: The friction and wear behaviour of automotive ring-liner materials subject to transient start-stop operation||Details|
|CDT-SIS-301: 1. Low cost printed pressure sensors for stability monitoring of earthworks||Details|
|CDT-SIS-302: Loading of railway earthworks: Expressing a link between the applied loading due to railway traffic and the capacity of an earthwork in terms of the load models that are used for route classification in the INF TSI||Details|
|CMEES-INF-119: Fibre reinforcement for railway ballast||Details|
|CDT-SIS-161: Microstructure, properties and fatigue behaviour of multiple metallic materials manufactured by novel 3D printing technique.||Details|
|CDT-SIS-162: Development of an Advanced High Temperature Xenon Resistojet Thruster for Telecommunication Spacecraft Propulsion||Details|
|CDT-SIS-295: A porous micro-electrospray propulsion system for cubesats.||Details|
|CDT-SIS-308: Characterisation of short crack growth behaviour in a notch stress field under varying block loading cycles in steam turbine blade material||Details|
|Surface texturing of lightweight alloys for low friction automotive applications||Details|
|CDT-SIS-153: Combining Transient and Steady State Methods for Acoustic Leak Detection||Details|
|CDT-SIS-307: 3D mapping of geometrically complex seafloor infrastructures using marine vehicles||Details|
|Hydrant Dynamics for Acoustic Leak Detection||Details|
|Pipe wave modelling for Acoustic Leak Detection||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