Research Associate - Electrical Property Measurements

Heriot-Watt University - School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) undertakes advanced research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics such as climate change, sustainable development, infrastructure deterioration, and security as well as specialist themes such as water management, high-speed railways, systems, sustainability and society, construction materials and geo-mechanics, and structures.

The Civil Engineering Material Research Group (CEMRG) within the IIE comprises academics with experience in the development and application of electrical property measurements for monitoring and characterisation of civil engineering materials for the 21st century, focussing primarily on hydraulic cementitious and soil/particulate systems. Work has focused, in the main, on application to concrete durability and performance. Work has been initiated exploiting the potential of multi-functional cementitious materials for making our future infrastructure more resilient, sustainable and intelligent.  Such work has involved the development of highly damage tolerant cementitious composite utilising by-products produced by the UK industries, structural and non-structural applications of novel cementitious composite, and the development of smart cementitious composite with built-in damage detection and self-repairing systems, with the application of advanced structural health monitoring also forming part of the work.

The CEMRG will be in collaboration with a Norwegian-based company ReStone AS in developing a cement product that will improve the outcome of well cementing where the wells may in the future encounter CO2 weathering in the next 10 000 years, as required by the EU legislation, forming the basis of the RePlugReady consortium project. The outcomes of this project would form the next step of the development of the patent pending well cement product RePlug. 

In the project, the CEMRG will develop a protocol for testing bonding between cement mixtures, and sandstone and steel casings to establish the bond strength of the material under simulated working conditions, under both direct tensile and shear forces. Work will also focus on the fresh and hardened key engineering properties of RePlug, the hydration process and microstructural development using electrical property measurements from initial gauging, setting, curing and long-term hardening.

You will have a PhD in Civil Engineering and experience in the area of electrical property measurement techniques and their application to cement-based systems and in testing the performance of steel reinforced cement-based systems in chloride rich environment and associated corrosion processes.

The post is available for 11 months

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Benny Suryanto at

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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