EngD studentship: Digital Building Services Engineering

University College London - The Bartlett Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment

Applications are invited for a EngD studentship (4 years) to research a topic related to the Digital Building Services Engineering work of the UCL Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment (iDIBE) within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. This will be in the general area of digital facilities management, asset management, PFI management, costing and modelling tools relating to the improvement of disability access to hospitals and other similar environments. The UCL project team will provide guidance on the exact topic providing that an applicant can demonstrate original thinking and motivation to research in this subject area. The student will be supervised jointly by Professor Michael Pitt (UCL, iDIBE), and a member of the Modus Services Ltd and/or Skanska FS asset management team (industrial supervisor). 

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, University College London, is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s leading research centres in the built environment. iDIBE was launched in August 2016 as a response to the challenges of the development and application of digital innovation within built environment operations.

The studentship will be based at the Ministry of Defence Main Building in London and will involve some day to day routine work to acquire essential industrial skills and knowledge. The studentship will be subject to regular performance review upon which continued funding will depend.

The successful candidate will hold a first degree (minimum 2-2) in a built environment, finance, computing, engineering or an appropriate business related field.

It is a requirement of this position that the researcher is able to obtain and hold standard security clearance. Applications are therefore limited to UK Passport holders who have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.

Research Topic

The Research Student will be involved in assisting the Modus Services Ltd team with the development of some aspect of the management of the MoD Main Building PFI contract. The key research areas will be in digital services engineering in facilities management, advice to operations and the development of digital systems enabling more effective use of the built assets.

The student will be required to submit a research proposal to the UCL Research Committee for approval to commence the project prior to January 2018. It is a condition of the award that the student is able to satisfy the Bartlett Research Committee of the suitability/rigour of both the researcher (the student) and the project.

The studentship will cover home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of around £19,000 per annum.

To apply, please write to Prof Michael Pitt at the address below with a covering letter and a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses).  The covering letter should outline your interest in researching the suggested topic.

The closing date for applications is 30th October 2017.  Interviews will be held in November 2017. The project is expected to commence in either January or September 2018. Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to michael.pitt@ucl.ac.uk

Professor Michael Pitt:

The Bartlett Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment, University College London, 132 Hampstead Rd, LONDON, NW1 2PS

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