Research Studentship (DEng) on "Effect of Scour and Scour Protection on Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations"

4 Year DEng studentship in the Centre for Doctoral Training on Renewable Energy Marine Structures, available from E.ON and HR Wallingford (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

Offshore wind has seen a rapid growth in European waters. Wind turbines are typically sited on monopile foundations – these are expected to remain the dominant foundation type for future wind turbines. Therefore, a significant research effort is focused on developing improved understanding of monopile response to various loading conditions. This project will explore the effect of scour and scour protection on the operational response of an offshore wind turbine using numerical, analytical and experimental techniques. It is expected that the project will lead to the award of a DEng degree through the REMS CDT ( This project is being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (Professor Byron Byrne), E.ON (Steve Hillier) and HR Wallingford (Professor Richard Whitehouse). The research will take place in the laboratories at Oxford and HR Wallingford and the offices of E.ON. The start-date is 5th October 2015.

Award Value

The Doctor of Engineering (DEng) studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £15,557 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further 3 years. The studentship covers college fees (c £2848 p.a.).


A full award (stipend and fees) is open to Home / EU qualified candidates. Overseas candidates would need to fund the difference between Home and Overseas fees from other sources.

Candidate Requirements

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

  • An upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in Engineering or a relevant subject (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Geological Sciences);
  • Good mathematical and computational skills as applied to civil engineering problems;
  • Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for the DEng;
  • Good English written and spoken communication skills;
  • Evidence of high self-motivation and good organisational 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;
  • Ability to communicate scientific ideas clearly, both orally and in writing;
  • 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 :

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for study, what you hope to achieve from the DEng and your research experience)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made (please apply for the course code 004034).  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about graduate applications are available at

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

Informal enquiries, about the project and the REMS CDT, may be addressed to . Please note that applications sent to this email address will not be accepted. 

Application deadline:  12 noon on 30th September 2015. This deadline will close earlier if a suitable applicant is found.