A PhD position is available for candidates interested in the area of Geotechnical Engineering , University of Cambridge, UK
Offshore wind farms are becoming very popular with the UK Government’s commitment to increase wind energy to 20% by 2020. The foundations for the offshore wind farms often employ monopiles that pass through soil layers of contrasting stiffness. You will be working on a new EPSRC-funded project concerning the cyclic behaviour of monopiles that are subjected to wind and wave loading. The project involves both the development of new methodologies to characterise the soil using shear wave propagation, miniature CPT and statnamic testing. Using these, and the new 2-D actuator you will conduct a series of centrifuge tests on model monopiles in clay strata. A Postdoctoral Research Associate will also work on this project. The Geotechnical Group at Cambridge is a large vibrant group, comprised of about 35 PhDs students and 3 Post-docs, with research activity spanning most areas of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. http://www-civ.eng.cam.ac.uk/geotech_new/geotech.htm
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The application is open to nationals of any country, but full tuition fees are not covered for overseas (non-EU) students. Stipends for 2010-2011 are 13,590 GBP, and available for 3 years. Candidates should hold an undergraduate degree in civil engineering or related fields, and marks corresponding to the top 10-20 percent cohort of a top university.
Vacancy Reference No: NA06971
A letter of application, CV, transcripts and references should be sent as soon as possible to Mrs Zelda Stuck, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, (Tel +44 01223 332653, Fax +44 01223 339713, email: [email protected]. Applications may be sent by email or hardcopy.