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School of Civil Engineering PhD Positionsat University of Sydney, Australia

School of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney invites applications for three years PhD Positionsin the field of computational mechanics and concrete and geomechanics engineering. It is a full-time position, with a tax-free stipend of approximately$25,849/year. A top-up of $5,000/year may be available based on merit. There is a potential for the applicants to earn an extra $5,000/year through assistance in undergraduate teaching. The application deadline is 15 August, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The studentships are awarded in the field of computational mechanics and concrete and geomechanics engineering.
Course Level: The studentships are available for pursuing PhD programme in the School of Civil Engineering.
Scholarship Provider: School of Civil Engineering, University of Sydney, Australia
Award can be taken at: Australia

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Eligibility: Applicants need to satisfy the eligibility criteria for PhD enrollment at The University of Sydney. Backgrounds in civil engineering, fluid mechanics, applied mathematics, numerical methods and programming languages will be appreciated. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong commitment to academic research in the proposed field. He/she will have excellent written and oral communication skills. He/she will be willing to create and develop original approaches to tackle open questions. He/she will be willing to join a world-leading research group and collaborate with its team members.

Open for International Students: University of SydneyApplicants from Australia can apply for these PhD scholarships.

Description:  Applications are invited for a three years PhD award in the field of computational mechanics and concrete and geomechanics engineering in the school of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney. These projects are as follows:
-PhD opportunity–Concrete and reservoir rock hydro-cracking: The applicant will carry out fundamental and applied research in the field of concrete and reservoir rock failure.The purpose of the project is to identify the micro-mechanisms governing the permeability of concrete and rocks featuring cracks, and those governing the crack opening induced by increasing pore-water pressure.The research will comprise laboratory experiments as well as computer simulations. The final goal is to develop a computational framework based on the discrete crack approach to predict the seepage and structural soundness of concrete dams, and to discover effective ways of recoveringwater/oil from reservoir rocks.
-PhD opportunity – Computational and fracture mechanics: The need to predict the fractured behaviour of a structure with a high degree of certainty is becoming a significant problem in the construction industry, whether for designing new structures or for assessing and strengthening existing structures. It is becoming critical to bring new predictive tools to assure the safety and serviceability of these structures, and to accomplish the full potential of the new construction designs that are now becoming possible. This research will aim at developing a computational framework based on the discrete crack approach that can be efficiently used in engineering. The outcome will be an effective platform for technological development that will allow a close-to-reality prediction of the behaviour of reinforced concrete structures and geomaterials.

Number of award(s): Two PhD Positions(one is in the field of concrete and geomechanics engineering and other in the filed of computational mechanics) are available in the school of Civil Engineering at University of Sydney.

Duration of award(s): These PhD opportunities are awarded for the duration of three years.

What does it cover? It is a three years full-time position, with a tax-free stipend of approximately$25,849/year. A top-up of $5,000/year may be available based on merit. There is a potential for the applicants to earn an extra $5,000/year through assistance in undergraduate teaching.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Applications should be sent by email to Dr Daniel Dias-da-Costadaniel.diasdacosta-at-sydney.edu.au. It should include a Resume and a Cover Letter. In their Cover Letter, applicants are invited to include a short (about 250 words) research statement explaining how they understand the issues related to permeability and crack opening in porous materials such as concrete and rocks, and proposing key questions the research should focus on.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 August, 2015.

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