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.

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Research Assistantship

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Experimental Geotechnics

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 31st of August 2018
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant, funded by EPSRC, to join the Geotechnical Engineering research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is fixed-term for 12 months, starting from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will work as part of the team on the Axial-Lateral Pile Analysis for Chalk (ALPACA) project, which aims to develop reliable design procedures for piles driven in chalk. They will be responsible for the management, interrogation and analysis of the data recorded during a set of reduced scale offshore wind foundation field tests at an onshore chalk test site (currently underway). The work will involve the processing of monitored data from instruments including state-of-the-art fibre optic strain sensors to assess the foundation soil reactions and application to future design methods.

You should hold (or be near to completion of) a relevant PhD/DPhil, along with appropriate experience. Researchers with relevant skills in signal processing and data analysis, even outside of Geotechnical Engineering, are encouraged to apply. You will need the ability to evaluate, interpret and report experimental data within a proposed framework to a high standard.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Ross McAdam (ross.mcadam@eng.ox.ac.uk).

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), a detailed CV and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application.

Applications must be received before 12.00 midday on 31 August 2018.

Job Description

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

 

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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

 

Ørsted Research Studentships in Geotechnical Design for Offshore Wind Turbines

Ørsted Research Studentships in Geotechnical Design for Offshore Wind Turbines Up to three 4-year DPhil studentships, fully funded by Ørsted, are available at Oxford University from October 2018.
The successful applicants will work on a major research project led by Oxford University funded by Ørsted (https://orsted.co.uk/), and will join the EPSRC-funded Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) CDT program (http://www.rems-cdt.ac.uk/).

Research Area

Ørsted and Oxford University have signed a five year research framework agreement to develop new design methods for offshore wind turbine foundations, with particular focus on cyclic loading of monopile foundations. The work develops from recent collaborations, including the PISA (Pile Soil Analysis) project, which has produced new design methods for monopiles, leading to reduced size and cost of the foundations. PISA was specifically focused on monotonic loading however the wind turbines are exposed to significant cyclic loading through the action of wind, wave and the operation of the turbine. This next phase of work, supported by the framework agreement, aims to develop design methods that specifically address cyclic loading conditions through theoretical development, numerical analysis, laboratory testing and medium scale field testing. The project will be led by Professor Byron Byrne, in close collaboration with Ørsted, as well as academic colleagues and students at Oxford.

Three fully funded studentships are available on this research program. The first studentship (Ørsted1) will focus on finite element modelling, developing the work from the PISA Project, applying it to new scenarios, as well as exploring the application of machine learning approaches to offshore geotechnical design. Candidates with expertise in the use of finite element modelling software are sought. The second project (Ørsted2) will focus on laboratory model and element testing, exploring the link between cyclic element testing (such as from triaxial testing), the macro behaviour of monopile foundations and theoretical models. Candidates should demonstrate relevant experience in laboratory testing. The final studentship (Ørsted3) will focus on theoretical developments, exploring the application of the Hyperplastic Accelerated Ratcheting Model (HARM) to monopile behaviour. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of theoretical mechanics and plasticity theory applied to geotechnical engineering. The team will work closely together to deliver the overall project alongside academic staff and engineers from Ørsted.

Further details and relevant papers are available from

Award Value

The studentships will cover University/College fees plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of at least £18,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further three years.

Eligibility

Up to three studentships are available. Home and EU candidates are eligible for full funding. Consideration will be given to funding of up to one candidate classified as overseas, if suitable candidates apply.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants 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;
  • Appreciation of design methods for offshore foundations;
  • Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for a doctorate;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English;
  • Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement.


The following 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 this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to :

  • Covering Letter: This should describe why you are suitable for this project and the REMS CDT, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil as well as your longer term ambitions. You should identify which studentship you wish to be considered for.
  • CV including transcripts/records of marks from university level courses.
  • Contact details for two referees, at least one of which must be academic.


Note: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/graduate-admissions-criteria 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 REMS18-Orsted in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Byron Byrne, email: . Note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

 

EPSRC REMS CDT Studentships

4-year DPhil EPSRC Studentships at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, available for October 2018 (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 2018.

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

  • 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 REMS18_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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