Vacancies in Civil Engineering at Oxford

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Research Assistantships


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Research Studentships

EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentship: 3D Computational Modelling of Subsea Pipeline-Soil Interaction – for Application in the Design of Controlled Lateral Buckling

3.5 year DPhil studentship, available from October 2017

Research Area

This doctoral studentship is a collaboration between the University of Oxford (Department of Engineering Science) and Crondall Energy Subsea Ltd under the EPSRC Industrial CASE scheme. The academic supervisor is Chris Martin, and the industrial supervisors are David Bruton and Malcolm Carr.

Subsea pipelines are frequently required to operate at high pressure and high temperature (HPHT). In deep water, pipelines are laid directly on the seabed, and are therefore susceptible to lateral buckling caused by thermal expansion. A major design objective is to initiate controlled lateral buckles in pre-determined locations. Because pipeline operation involves numerous shutdowns and restarts, lateral buckling is a cyclic process, with the pipe scraping back and forth across the seabed and accumulating differential settlements along the pipe axis. The severe plastic deformation of the seabed soil makes numerical modelling extremely challenging.

Many HPHT pipeline projects face a significant challenge to predict the full cyclic pipe-soil interaction response in 3D, which is inadequately represented by current design tools. This project aims to develop an industry-leading methodology for pipeline lateral buckling analysis that captures enough of the underlying physics to give realistic predictions, yet is efficient and robust enough to be used by pipeline engineers in real design situations. The project is strongly supported by two major oil and gas operators, and will build on the success of the recently-concluded SAFEBUCK Joint Industry Project in which all three supervisors were closely involved.

Award Value

The studentship covers University and College fees at the level set for UK students, plus the standard EPSRC stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,553 per year, supplemented by a stipend top-up from the industrial sponsor.


The studentship is open to both UK students (full award – fees plus stipend) and EU students (partial award – fees only). Full details of the EPSRC eligibility requirements can be found here.

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours (or high 2.1) degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field
  • Strong understanding of structures and mechanics
  • Ability to undertake scientific programming in Matlab, Python, Fortran, C/C++, etc.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience in finite element analysis
  • Experience in structural, mechanical or geotechnical engineering

Application Procedure

In the first instance, interested candidates are encouraged to make an informal enquiry to Professor Chris Martin (

To apply formally for this studentship, candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria.  Details are available on the course page of the University website at

Please quote CES17_CM in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Closing date for applications: Friday 25 August 2017, or earlier if a suitable applicant is found


EPSRC REMS CDT Studentships

4-year DPhil EPSRC Studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, available for October 2017 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

These studentships are available at Oxford University for research into any aspect of geotechnical engineering applied to offshore renewable energy development. The research could focus on applied soil-structure interaction problems, such as the optimisation of foundation design, or directed towards solving more fundamental soil mechanics problems. Techniques to advance the research ideas could include laboratory based experimental work, theoretical analysis or numerical analysis using a range of computational tools. There are opportunities to work with industry to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the academic work directly into industrial practice. There will also be opportunities to work with other leading institutions around the world. The students will pursue research leading to the award of a DPhil degree through the REMS CDT ( The students will also need to complete a range of training and cohort activities through the four year program. The start-date is October 2017.

Award Value

The studentships cover University / College fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £15,796 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.


To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fees) the student must satisfy the EPSRC eligibility requirements (found here).

Candidate Requirements

Candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class, or upper second class, honours degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or a cognate discipline (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Geology);

  • Evidence of good mathematical and computational skills as applied to civil and geotechnical engineering problems;
  • Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for a doctorate;
  • Good English written and spoken communication skills;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Detailed knowledge of geotechnical engineering;
  • Specialist skills such as use of FE programs or laboratory based work;
  • Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational skills;
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to contribute effectively in a large research group.

Application Procedure

To apply for one of these studentships, candidates should send the following documents to

  • Covering letter
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from university level courses
  • Statement of Purpose: This should be a combined personal statement and research proposal, not more than 2000 words, focused on geotechnical engineering applied to offshore renewable energy development. The personal statement should cover why you would be suitable for the CDT as well as your longer term ambitions.
  • At least one academic or professional reference sent directly by the referee. Contact details for a further two referees.

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship.  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application (use course-code RV_1). Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote REMS17_BB in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Byron Byrne (

Application deadline:  As soon as a suitable applicant is found


For more information about graduate study at Oxford please see our graduate study page.

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