PhD Studentship: Geotechnical Engineering: Field and Numerical Modelling Trials of Sustainable Railway Earthwork Stabilisation Measures

University of Bath - Architecture & Civil Engineering

Many earthwork slopes (embankments and cuttings) supporting the UK’s rail network require continual maintenance, stabilisation and renewal in order to ensure a safe and reliable railway. Recent advances in our understanding of earthwork slope behaviour mean that there is scope to review existing stabilisation measures to reduce cost and develop more sustainable approaches. 

This project will use a combination of field trials and finite element simulations to explore and improve the performance of earthwork stabilisation methods. The student will develop expertise in infrastructure earthwork management, geotechnical engineering, hydrogeology and finite element modelling.

Home/EU awards cover tuition fees, training support fee of £1,000/annum, and stipend of at least £14,553 (17/8 rate) for a duration of 3-3.5 years.

Overseas awards (3 years): Provides tuition fee, £1000 per year Training Support Grant, but no stipend.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Any English language requirements must be met at the time of application.

We welcome applications from self/externally funded students year round.

Preferred start date 1st October 2018

For an informal discussion about this project, please contact Dr Kevin Briggs on

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