EPSRC REMS CDT Studentship

4-year DPhil EPSRC Studentship at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Marine Structures, available for October 2016 (subject to eligibility requirements below).


Research Area

This studentship is 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 student will pursue research leading to the award of a DPhil degree through the REMS CDT (www.rems-cdt.ac.uk). The student will also need to complete a range of training and cohort activities through the four year program. The start-date is October 2016.


Award Value

The studentship covers 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.



To be eligible for a full award (stipend plus fees) the student must be a UK National.


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 this studentship, 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 http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduate/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.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply

Please quote REMS16_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:  Noon 26th August 2016