PhD Studentship: Photonic Sensor Implementation for the Safe Operation of Civil Engineering Structure

Edinburgh Napier University - School of Engineering and the Built Environment

Contract type: Fixed Term (3 year)

Job Summary

Research team led by: Dr Lourdes Alwis, Dr Fateh Kerrouche

This studentship will provide a Stipend of £14,057 p.a. plus Home/EU fees (only) of £4,400 p.a. for 3 years. (Subject to review and satisfactory progress.)

The Engineering Research Group (ERG) at Edinburgh Napier University are working on the application of fibre-optic sensor technology for: the monitoring of deterioration in civil infrastructure; the detection of gas/chemical leakage; and a non-invasive sensing approach for biomedical applications. The group was awarded an Innovation prize for their work by Australian Water Association, New South Wales, earlier this year. ERG is expanding its research into the use of Photonic Sensors for further applications and is offering a PhD studentship to enable a suitably qualified candidate to join their vibrant research team. 

The project focuses on the design and implementation of distributed fibre optic sensors to monitor structural deterioration experienced by civil engineering structures such as railway bridges and buildings. The project will also focus on sensor applications related to geo-engineering applications, i.e. scour monitoring under railway bridges.

Candidate Profile

Interested applicants should:-

  1. Hold a Masters in Photonics, Advanced instrumentation or equivalent in a related discipline. Consideration will be given to candidates with a good Honours Engineering degree (2:1 or above) in Electrical, Civil, Photonics or equivalent, in a related discipline
  2. Be self-motivated, have good communication skills and critical thinking/analysis skills
  3. (Desirably) have previous experience working on similar projects

The studentship is available immediately. All applications must be received by Friday 27th October 2017, with interviews expected to take place on the week commencing from 13th November.

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Lourdes Alwis ( in the first instance.

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