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


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Research Assistantship

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Wave Modelling

Applications to be received by 12pm on Thursday 8th of March 2018

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). The post is funded by EPSRC/NERC and is fixed-term for 18 months.

You will be part of the project “Wave loading on offshore wind turbine monopiles”, which is a collaborative project between the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. You will be responsible for developing and running a numerical solver for the evolution of envelope-type equations (cf. nonlinear Schrödinger equation and beyond) on slopes and extending these equations to higher order and in a stochastic framework using analytical techniques (perturbation methods).

You should hold a relevant PhD/DPhil (or be near completion) and have a strong background in fluid mechanics. You should have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: ton.vandenbremer@eng.ox.ac.uk.

You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, describing how past experience and interests fit with the advertised position, CV including a list of publications and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 8 March 2018 can be considered.

A job description and online application are available from the Engineering Science website.

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

 

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.

Application deadline: 9th March 2018

Research Studentship in Fast Finite Element Analysis for the Design of Offshore Foundations

Research Studentship in Fast Finite Element Analysis for the Design of Offshore Foundations
4-year DPhil EPSRC studentship, available at Oxford University from October 2018 
(subject to eligibility).

The successful applicant will join the EPSRC-funded Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) CDT program, which is organised jointly by Cranfield and Oxford Universities (http://www.rems-cdt.ac.uk/).

Research Area

Finite element methods are often employed in practice to support the design process for offshore wind turbine foundations. Commercial finite element codes - which typically provide a wide range of analysis capabilities - tend to be cumbersome and slow; this limits their usefulness for routine offshore foundation design purposes. 

This project will develop simpler, faster, forms of finite element model, tailored for specific offshore foundation engineering applications. Bespoke algorithms and software will be developed, providing scope to optimise them for particular design configurations. The software will be written to exploit cutting edge hardware technologies such as Graphics Processor Units (GPUs) using the CUDA programming language, multi- and many- core processors such as Intel Xeon and Xeon Phi processors and potentially cloud computing services.

The project forms part of a significant portfolio of offshore foundation research being conducted in the Oxford Civil Engineering Research Group http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/civil. The project will be supervised by Profs. Harvey Burd and Chris Martin, together with Dr Wesley Armour from the Oxford e-Research Centre.

Further details are available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/geotech/opportunities

Award Value

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

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fee) the student must satisfy the EPSRC eligibility requirements (found at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/).

Candidate Requirements

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

  • A good first honours degree (first or upper second) in engineering, physics, computer science or other cognate discipline.
  • Experience in writing engineering analysis software (e.g. demonstrated by undergraduate project work or industrial experience).
  • Appreciation of design methods for offshore foundations.
  • Demonstrable interest on offshore renewable energy technologies.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.


The following are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience of programming for parallel computing architectures.
  • Experience and/or knowledge in geotechnical engineering.


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 for the REMS CDT, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil as well as your longer term ambitions.
  • 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 at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote REMS18-FE in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

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

Application deadline: 9th March 2018

Research Studentship in 3D Computational Modelling of Subsea Pipeline Soil Interaction for Application in the Design of Controlled Lateral Buckling

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, starting October 2018 or earlier

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 large lateral displacements and the severe plastic deformation of the seabed soil mean that realistic numerical simulations of the (cyclic) buckling behaviour are 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 industry-leading computational modelling techniques that capture enough of the underlying physics to give realistic predictions, yet are 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 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 a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of at least £17,500 per year.

Eligibility

This studentship is open to students of any nationality, though overseas students would need additional scholarship or personal funding to cover the difference between Home/EU fees and overseas fees over the 3-year period of fee liability. Details of this difference are available here under the ‘Funding and Costs’ tab.

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 should send the following documents to :

  • 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 graduate application to the University must be made at the same time as applying formally for this studentship. Further details are available here.

Please quote 18ENGS_CM01 in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Application deadline: Friday 2 March 2018

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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