Research Studentship in Offshore Foundations

3.5 Year D.Phil studentship, available from EPSRC (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

Offshore wind is a growing area in the UK, and in Europe, with more than 1000 turbines already installed and 1000s more expected to be installed in the next decade. Offshore wind turbines are typically founded on monopile foundations. It is expected that this foundation type will continue to be used for many future wind farms. As a consequence, there is a significant research effort, both in industry and in various universities, focused on developing improved understanding of monopile response to various loading conditions. This Research Studentship provides support for a graduate student to work in the area of monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines, within the Oxford Civil Engineering Research Group. It is expected that the project will lead to the award of a D.Phil. degree.

This project is being jointly undertaken by the University of Oxford (Professor Byron Byrne) and Mott MacDonald (Dr Barnali Ghosh) through a studentship funded under the EPSRC Industrial CASE award scheme.

Award Value

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,057 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further 2.5 years. The studentship covers college fees (c £2848 p.a.). A stipend top-up from the company funding will also be available.


To find out if you are eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) or a fees only award, candidates should follow this link:

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well 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 a doctorate
  • 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 the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
  • 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 at the same time as applying for this studentship (please apply for two courses using the codes 002420 and 004033).  Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

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

Informal enquiries may be addressed to . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. 

Application deadline:  Noon on 26th June 2015