UCL Bartlett: PhD studentship in Digital Building Services Engineering with Modus Services Ltd & Skanska Facilities Services Ltd based at Ministry of Defence, London.

University College London

Applications are invited for a PhD 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 area of digital facilities management, asset management, PFI management, costing and modelling tools relating to operational improvements at Main Building 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, 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 undertaking the MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management from September 2018 as well some day to day routine work to acquire essential industrial skills and knowledge. The candidate must obtain a minimum merit pass (60%) to proceed to the 3 year PhD Programme. 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 iDIBE Research Degrees Committee for approval to commence the project prior to March 2019. It is a condition of the award that the student is able to satisfy the 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,  email a CV and covering letter outlining your interest in researching the suggested topic; contact details for at least two academic referees; and grades achieved on current courses to michael.pitt@ucl.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2018, interviews will be held in May 2018. The project will commence in September 2018.

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