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.

Academic Posts | Research Posts | Research Studentships


Academic Posts


Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Applications to be received by 12pm on Thursday 17th of January 2019

Grade 30S: £47,263 - £63,463 p.a. plus substantial additional benefits

The Department of Engineering Science intends to appoint an Associate Professor in Engineering Science (Civil Engineering). The successful candidate will work at the Department of Engineering Science (Central Oxford) and will be a Tutorial Fellow at St. Catherine’s College under arrangements described in the Job Description.

The combined university and college salary will be on a scale between £47,263 and £63,463 p.a. plus substantial additional benefits including; a housing allowance of £8,932 p.a. or free college accommodation; and other allowances including £1,005 p.a. for research support and £455 p.a. for entertainment (please see the job description for details of all allowances). 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 for which an allowance of £2,754 p.a. is payable. 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. The Associate Professor will build a research group specifically in one or more of the fields of geotechnical engineering, offshore renewable energy and numerical analysis applied to civil engineering problems. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in original research in the field of civil engineering, 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 doctorate in the subject or a cognate discipline as well as a strong background in research in civil engineering; 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 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/133836/0015378227.docx. The job ref is: DFSTC/133836. 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 contact detials below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 17 January 2019. It is expected that the interviews of the shortlisted candidates will take place on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

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

Job Description | Apply | Contact: Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci

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Research Assistantship

 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Origami Metamaterials

Applications to be received by 12pm on Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Grade 7: £32, 236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a recently awarded AFOSR (US Air Force Office of Scientific Research) Grant entitled “Programmable origami metamaterials with adaptive stiffness”. You will join the structures group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). This post is available fixed-term to 14 September 2019 with the possibility of an extension to 14 March 2020

The objective of the project is to develop novel structures and metamaterials using origami technique. This particular Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) position will investigate how to utilise some of the existing origami patterns to create structures with specific mechanical properties that are adaptive to the physical environment they operate in. You are expected to be able to carry out independent research under the supervision of the group leader.

You should possess a doctorate, or be near completion of doctorate in structural engineering, mechanical engineering, material sciences or any other relevant subjects, and have good knowledge of deployable and/or origami structures. You should have good communication skills.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Zhong You using the email address below.

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 online applications received before 12.00 midday on Wednesday 12 December 2018 can be considered.

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

Job Description | Apply | Contact: Zhong You

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Flow Through Soft Porous Media (Modelling)

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 4th of January 2019

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Poromechanics Lab, led by Professor Chris MacMinn, in the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). This post is part of the major ERC Starting Grant project DEFTPORE: “Deformation Control on Flow and Transport in Soft Porous Media”, and is for a fixed-term of 2 years.

The aim of the project is to combine high-resolution experiments with theoretical modelling to revolutionize our fundamental understanding of, and predictive modelling capabilities for, the coupling of flow, transport, and deformation in soft porous media. You will be responsible for the development and analysis of mathematical models as part of a collaborative team.

You should possess a PhD/DPhil (or be near completion with thesis submitted) in engineering, physics, geoscience, or applied mathematics, and have a strong background in mathematical modelling. Excellent communication skills and the ability to independently manage your own academic research and associated activities.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Chris MacMinn using the email address below.

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

Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 4 January 2019 can be considered.

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

Job Description | Apply | Contact: Professor Chris MacMinn

 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Flow Through Soft Porous Media (Experiments)

Applications to be received by 12pm on Friday 4th of January 2019

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Poromechanics Lab, led by Professor Chris MacMinn, in the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford). This post is part of the major ERC Starting Grant project DEFTPORE: “Deformation Control on Flow and Transport in Soft Porous Media”, and is for a fixed-term of 2 years (with the possibility of a 1-year extension).

The aim of the project is to combine high-resolution experiments with theoretical modelling to revolutionise our fundamental understanding of, and predictive modelling capabilities for, the coupling of flow, transport, and deformation in soft porous media. You will be responsible for the development, execution, and interpretation of experiments as part of a collaborative team.

You should possess a PhD/DPhil (or be near completion with thesis submitted) in engineering, physics, geoscience, or applied mathematics, and have a strong background in experimental fluid mechanics. Excellent communication skills and the ability to independently manage your own academic research and associated activities.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Chris MacMinn using the email address below.

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

Only online applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 4 January 2019 can be considered.

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

Job Description | Apply | Contact: Professor Chris MacMinn

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 Wind Farm Modelling

3.5-year D.Phil studentship, available from E.ON and The University of Oxford.

Research Area

This studentship is a collaboration between the University of Oxford (Department of Engineering Science) and E.ON (Climate and Renewables). The academic supervisors are Prof. Willden and Dr. Vogel, and the industrial supervisor is Dr. Gunn.

The objective of the project is to reduce the cost of future large wind farms through the development of new wind farm flow interaction models. Engineering models are used to optimise the layout of wind farms, estimate loads on wind turbines, and investigate farm-wide control strategies. Current models, that were developed for smaller wind farms and less significant turbine interactions, are reliant on empirical turbine representations and overly simplified wake interaction models, that have been shown to be prone to error in even simple turbine interactional cases. Errors in such models can have a large impact on the Levelised Cost of Energy of a wind farm. Working with the E.ON renewables team the project will seek to develop a new type of wind turbine interaction model that is based on more complex flow interaction physics that will be simulated through blade resolved and reduced order CFD methods. The improved interactional physics will be used to build a new Lagrangian transport wind farm interaction model.

The successful applicant will be a member of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics group and will work as part of a team of fluid dynamicists with diverse interests spanning renewable energy and offshore fluid mechanics. Further information on the group can be found at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/civil/efm

Award Value

The studentship covers University and College fees at the level set for UK/EU students, plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £17,000 p.a.

Eligibility

This studentship is available to Home qualified students only.

Candidate Requirements

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

  • A first class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related field,
  • Strong understanding of fluid dynamics,
  • 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 computational fluid dynamics

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: 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. Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford.

Please quote 19ENGCI_RWCVM in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Richard Willden (richard.willden@eng.ox.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 25 January 2019, noon

Start date: October 2019

 

2x Research Studentships in Flow Through Soft Porous Media

Two 4-year D.Phil. studentships, available from October 2019(subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

These studentships are part of the major ERC Starting Grant project DEFTPORE: “Deformation Control on Flow and Transport in Soft Porous Media”, being undertaken by the University of Oxford under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

Fluid flows through soft porous media are ubiquitous in biology, medicine, and the earth sciences, and they play a key role in a variety of industrial and manufacturing processes. The defining feature of soft porous media is that they are highly deformable, enabling a strong two-way coupling between flow and pore structure. This coupling has profound implications for the transport and mixing of solutes and the interaction of multiple fluid phases, all of which are strongly coupled to pore structure. However, flow and transport in these systems are at the frontier of our ability to measure and model.

This ambitious project will combine high-resolution experiments with theoretical modelling across a series of classical flow problems to revolutionize our fundamental physical understanding of, and predictive modelling capabilities for, flow and transport in soft systems.

Both studentships will involve experiments and modelling. Studentship 1 will focus on miscible flows, including solute transport, dispersion, and miscible viscous fingering. Studentship 2 will focus on two-phase flows, including capillary phenomena, residual trapping, and immiscible viscous fingering<.

The two DPhil students will become members of the Poromechanics Lab in the Department of Engineering Science, supervised by Prof. Chris MacMinn. Further information on the group can be found at http://cwmacminn.com.

Award Value

Each studentship covers a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £22,000 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further 3 years. The studentship does not cover the payment of the annual course fees of £7,730.

Eligibility

The studentship is available to UK or EU nationals only.

Candidate Requirements

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

  • A first-class or high-upper-second-class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, Geoscience, or Applied Mathematics;
  • Experience with fluids-oriented research demonstrated by publication in international conferences or journals, or a first-class final year project report;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills;

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Experience with experimental fluid mechanics
  • Experience with solid mechanics or more general continuum mechanics
  • Experience with solute transport and mixing (studentship 1);
  • Experience with two-phase systems, including capillarity and wetting (studentship 2);

 

Application Procedure

Interested candidates are strongly advised to contact Prof. Chris MacMinn () with a copy of their CV before making a formal application. Please note that applications will not be accepted via email. All applications must be submitted in accordance with the instructions below.

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on the Engineering course page of the University website. Further details about making an application are available at www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/how-to-apply. Candidates are strongly advised to review the application requirements well in advance of the deadline. Applications should state a start date of October 2019.

Please quote 19ENGCIV_CMM in all correspondence, and in your application.

Application deadline: 25 January 2019, noon

Start date: October 2019

 

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

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