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PhD Studentship: Flood Resilient Bridge Modelling and Design

University of Bristol - Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 p.a. (subject to contracts)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th May 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019

The project:

Transport systems are responsible for moving people and goods, delivering services and ensuring connection within and among urban areas. Flood events are the most frequent cause of damage to infrastructure compared to any other natural hazard. Bridges located over waterways are particularly prone to failure during flood events and constitute one of the current research priorities. Many of the strategic bridges are not designed to cope with the current increasing pressures of a changing climate, and their frequency of use has outstripped their design specification.

This project tackles the challenge of improving bridge resilience to floods by investigating how hydrodynamic forces damage bridges and disrupt their functionality. The research draws on risk-based principles to re-think infrastructure and to support the near future of our cities through resilient measures against flooding events (e.g. retrofitting). The project will be tailored to the candidate’s interest, and may also include aspects of: smart bridges, sensoring and monitoring, network analysis, climate change. Results will be accessible to local stakeholders, providing a series of risk-based information to inform decision-making. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial and academic partners and should have excellent interpersonal skills.

The PhD project is affiliated to

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select < Civil Engineering> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements: 

Candidates should possess either a 1st ; high 2:1 honours; or Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Geotechnics, Computing or a related discipline and should be interested in civil engineering and infrastructure resilience.

Experience in computing skills (MATLAB, Python or R) is required. Previous experience in conducting modelling research would be an advantage but not essential.  

A recognised English language qualification is required if English is not your first language at Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 1st September 2018) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,777 in 2018/19). EU nationals resident in the UK may also apply but will only qualify for PhD tuition fees.


Informal enquiries, please email Dr Maria Pregnolato,

General enquiries, please email

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