Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (TERRE - ESR14) (82577)

University of Strathclyde - Civil and Environmental Engineering

FTE: 1.0 
Term: Fixed (2 years)
Closing Date: 27 August 2017

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been successful in an application under the Horizon 2020 programme for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (H2020 Marie Curie Actions grant number 675762). The project ‘Training Engineers and Researchers to Rethink geotechnical Engineering for a low carbon future’ (TERRE) is led by the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde and includes participants from UK, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

The candidate will be responsible for the research undertaken at Strathclyde on novel design concepts for the design of low-carbon geotechnical infrastructures, which will include coastal and river embankments. This research is highly inter-sectoral and will involve a combination of laboratory and field experiments and numerical analysis of the performance of carbon-efficient geotechnical infrastructure.

The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will be supported for 2 years. The candidate will be recruited for 12 months by the University of Strathclyde and then 12 months by Kempfert Geotechnik GmbH in Hamburg (Germany). Salary conditions at Kempfert Geotechnik GmbH will be set out according to rates fixed by the EC. The ESR will be involved in interdisciplinary training, attendance at annual schools, and international meetings. There is the potential for an additional 1-year studentship to allow the ESR to complete a 3-year PhD programme.

Applicants will be required to meet Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) eligibility criteria. In particular, you must not have resided in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to commencing in the role, and you must not have been awarded a Doctoral Degree. Applicants must be in the first four years of their research career.

In addition to the above, you will have a MEng or equivalent in Civil Engineering or a relevant subject area (with First Class Honours or equivalent). You will have a strong academic background in the disciplines of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, experience in laboratory testing and field investigation, and experience in interacting with private and public sector.

You will have an ability to undertake research and disseminate results and you will be creative, with the ability to apply initiative and problem solve. You will have excellent communication skills with the ability to interact with a range of stakeholders and you will have excellent technical presentation skills. You will have excellent organisational skills and be able to work well both independently and as part of a team. Willingness for significant mobility throughout Europe to academic and industrial partners is required.

The successful candidate will receive a financial package consisting of a living allowance, a family allowance (where applicable) and a mobility allowance, according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The minimum salary consisting of Living and Mobility Allowances will be approximately £30,160). The salary will be increased to approximately £33,550 if the ESR is entitled to receive the Family Allowance.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Alessandro Tarantino, Professor of Experimental Geomechanics, by email alessandro.tarantino@strath.ac.uk or phone: +44-7969199370.

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