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

 
No vacancies at present.

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Research Assistantships

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Tidal Stream Energy

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 6th of December 2017
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join The Tidal Energy Research Group at the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by The EPSRC and is initially fixed-term for 2 and a half years with the possibility of extension.

The successful applicant will join a research programme designing, developing and testing novel axial flow tidal stream turbines that use constructive interference effects to enhance device performance. You will work with a team of seven fluid dynamicists to develop overall device design, and will take specific responsibility for design of the physical experiments, procuring components and assembling test models, and running the experimental test campaigns at large external testing facilities.

You should possess a strong background in experimental testing applied to flow driven power generation. Hold a relevant PhD (or be near completion) and a strong publication history.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Richard Willden: richard.willden@eng.ox.ac.uk.

Further information can be found at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/jobs/current-vacancies/vacancy/131982-Postdoctoral-Research-Assistant-in-Tidal-Stream-Energy

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), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 6 December 2017 can be considered.

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

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Design Software Development for Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations

Applications to be received by 12pm on Monday 27th of November 2017
Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Civil Engineering research group at the Department of Engineering Science, central Oxford. The post is funded by a geotechnical software company (PLAXIS) and is fixed-term for 6 months.

You will take a leading role in a software development project to implement new design procedures for foundations, for offshore wind turbines, within the PLAXIS 3D finite element environment. You will be responsible for development of optimisation procedures, coded in Python, to calibrate simplified design models using data from PLAXIS 3D finite element analysis. Supporting the process of checking the foundation design software developed by PLAXIS and contributing to the development and checking of software documentation, including case studies.

You should possess an excellent first degree (First or Upper Second) and a PhD/DPhil (or nearing completion) in engineering or a related subject. You should have experience in developing engineering analysis software, including the use of Python and have excellent written communication skills.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Harvey Burd: .

Further information can be found at: http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/jobs/current-vacancies/vacancy/132077-Postdoctoral-Research-Assistant-in-Design-Software-Development-for-Offshore-Wind-Turbine-Foundations

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 27 November 2017 can be considered. 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), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.

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

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

 

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

 

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 £16,053 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 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 are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.
Please quote REMS18-FE in all correspondence and in your graduate application.
Information enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Harvey Burd, email: harvey.burd@eng.ox.ac.uk. Note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 19th January 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 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 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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