EngD Studentship: Embedding Circular Economy Principles into Infrastructure

Loughborough University

Start date: 01/04/2018    

Interview date: 5-16 February 2018


Primary supervisor:  Dr Mohamed Osmani

Secondary supervisors: Dr Chris Goodier


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

Project Detail:

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway. For further information go to:


The research project’s aim is to develop and validate a framework for embedding circular economy principles into HS2 projects through: a) assessing sustainability and circular economy requirements and processes currently being applied in HS2 Phase 1, and b) identifying and categorising HS2 assets and materials in relation to their potential for circular economy performance optimisation. The outputs will enhance HS2 stakeholders’ understanding and practice of circular economy, and help establish a culture of continuous improvement. For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/

Entry requirements:

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in built environment or relevant engineering or design discipline. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. The successful candidate should have a strong interest or/and experience in material resource efficiency, construction waste management and circular economy.

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st April 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,413 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

Name: Dr Mohamed Osmani

Email address: m.osmani@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: (01509) 228 155

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address: J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number: (01509) 228 549

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P04/Sustainable

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