Vacancies in Civil Engineering at Oxford

All vacancies in Civil Engineering at Oxford University will be notified here. These posts are also advertised in "New Civil Engineer", the weekly magazine of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and/or "New Scientist". Jobs are also advertised at "jobs.ac.uk". Please contact the person named for further information on any particular post. See also the general list of jobs in the Department of Engineering Science.

We receive a large number of requests for "Summer Internships", especially from students in India. Please do not write requesting an internship as we are unable to offer any such positions.

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Academic Posts

Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Civil Engineering – Structures)

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 2nd of June 2017
From £45,562 p.a. plus substantial additional benefits

The Department of Engineering Science intends to appoint an Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Structures) from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible after that. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford) and will be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Mansfield College under arrangements described in the Job Description. The combined University and College salary will be on a scale currently from £45,562 p.a. plus additional benefits including a housing allowance of £8,352 p.a. and research allowance of £500 p.a. (see Job Description for full details). The post of Associate Professor can be an entry-level permanent academic position, and can also be held by more senior academic staff, some of whom hold the title of Full Professor. An allowance of £2,655 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

This appointment will add further strength to the Department’s internationally-renowned research in Civil Engineering and its applications. The Associate Professor will conduct original research in structures, building a research group within Civil Engineering and/or collaborating with existing teams of academics in the Department who are engaged in Civil Engineering research.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in original research in the field of structures, to secure research funding and to assist in the teaching of their subject at both undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate teaching may include lectures and practical classes, and the supervision of undergraduate design and project work. She or he will have a strong background applicable to research in structures, including a doctorate in the subject or a cognate discipline, a proven research record of high quality at international level, significant future research potential, and the ability to attract research funding and develop an independent programme of research.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in civil engineering or a related subject with a proven research record. They will have the ability to teach effectively, both at undergraduate and graduate levels, and have excellent interpersonal skills for undertaking tutorial teaching.

Further Particulars, containing full details of the application procedure and duties, may be obtained from: https://source.data.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/127632/0013864671.docx The job ref is: DF17MAN. Please quote this in all correspondence.

Queries about the post that are not answered in the further particulars should be addressed to Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, Head of Department of Engineering Science using the email address below or tel: 01865 273003.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 2 June 2017. It is expected that the interviews of the short-listed candidates will take place on Tuesday 4 or Tuesday 11 July 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Contact: Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, Head of Department of Engineering Science

Associate Professorship or Professorship of Engineering Science (Civil Engineering Fluids)

Applications to be received by 12pm on Monday 22nd of May 2017
From £45,562 p.a. plus substantial additional benefits

The Department of Engineering Science intends to appoint an Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Civil Engineering Fluids) from 1 September 2017 or as soon as possible after that. The successful candidate will work at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford) and will be offered a Tutorial Fellowship at Worcester College under arrangements described in the Job Description.

The combined University and College salary will be on a scale currently from £45,562 p.a. plus additional benefits including free accommodation in housing provided by the college or a housing allowance of £8,484 p.a. and assistance with house purchase (see Job Description for full details). The post of Associate Professor can be an entry-level permanent academic position, and can also be held by more senior academic staff, some of whom hold the title of Full Professor. An allowance of £2,655 p.a. would be payable upon award of Full Professor title. The appointment will be initially for 5 years at which point, upon completion of a successful review, the postholder will be eligible for reappointment to the retiring age.

This appointment will add further strength to the Department’s internationally-renowned research in Civil Engineering and its applications. The Associate Professor will conduct original research in fluid mechanics, building a research group within Civil Engineering and/or collaborating with existing teams of academics in the Department who are engaged in Civil Engineering research.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in original research in the field of civil engineering fluids, to secure research funding and to assist in the teaching of their subject at both undergraduate and graduate level. Undergraduate teaching may include lectures and practical classes, and the supervision of undergraduate design and project work. She or he will have a strong background applicable to research in civil engineering fluids, including a doctorate in the subject or a cognate discipline, a proven research record of high quality at international level, significant future research potential, and the ability to attract research funding and develop an independent programme of research.

The successful candidate will have a doctorate in civil engineering or a related subject with a proven research record. They will have the ability to teach effectively, both at undergraduate and graduate levels, and have excellent interpersonal skills for undertaking tutorial teaching.

Further Particulars, containing full details of the application procedure and duties, may be obtained from https://source.data.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/127631/0013855263.docx The job ref is: DF17WOR. Please quote this in all correspondence.

Queries about the post that are not answered in the further particulars should be addressed to Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, Head of Department of Engineering Science using the email address below or tel: 01865 273003.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 22 May 2017. It is expected that the interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place during the last week of June 2017.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

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Research Assistantships

 

If no posts are currently advertised please do not write requesting a "research assistantship" as unfortunately we will not be able to help you.

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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 (subject to eligibility requirements below)

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 £14,296 per year, supplemented by a stipend top-up from the industrial sponsor.

Eligibility

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

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to postgraduate.studies@eng.ox.ac.uk:

  • Detailed CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the doctorate, and your research/industry experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

Note: A full graduate application to the University 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. Further details about making a graduate application are available here.

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Chris Martin (chris.martin@eng.ox.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: as soon as 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 (www.rems-cdt.ac.uk). 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.

Eligibility

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 postgraduate.studies@eng.ox.ac.uk

  • 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 www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/how-to-apply 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 http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Byron Byrne (byron.byrne@eng.ox.ac.uk)

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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