Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - Upscaling Towards Applications: Water Transport in Agglomerates

University of Surrey - Department of Physics

A PhD funded by the MC initial training network ERICA (GA no. 764691) is available in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey.

The title of the PhD is “Upscaling Towards Applications: Water Transport in Agglomerates”

The objective of the project is to understand anomalous water transport in hydrate agglomerates in terms of changing microstructure by (i) pore-size resolved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measurements of time dependent water concentration profiles during water egress/ingress; (ii) comparing MRI data with models of transport which do/do not include time and water content dependent microstructure.

Further details including a description of the ERICA project is available at


These posts are part of “Engineered Calcium-Silicate-Hydrates for Applications”, a project funded by the European Union under the. Horizon 2020 – Marie Sklodowska-Curie - Innovative Training Network.

The student taking this project can expect:

  • To receive broad spectrum advanced training in materials science and engineering appropriate to cement based materials.
  • To receive broad spectrum training in professional skills relevant to a research career either in academia or industry.
  • To engage actively with the European wide cement science consortium Nanocem that will present opportunities for networking leading to future career enhancement.
  • To benefit from travel to and placements at partner organisations throughout the course of the PhD that will advance the research and researcher experience.

The project is funded by the EC Marie Curie Training network ERICA. For each project, full funding according to Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-2017 for Marie Curie Sklodowska-Curie action (PDF) is available for at least 3 years for eligible candidates. Full eligibility criteria can be found here but in most cases EC students may take a project in a country other than their own country/country of first degree.

Applications are welcomed from prospective students with a good Masters Level degree or equivalent in any of Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Civil Engineering or related subject.

Further details including a description of all the projects are available at

Applications should be received by 8th September 2017. Recruitment events will be held in October 2017 for project starts between November 2017 and January 2018.

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