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PhD Studentship: Characterisation of Artificial Aggregates Made from Solid Wastes

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University

Supervisor Names:

Principal supervisor:  Prof Chee Seong Chin (XJTLU, Department of Civil Engineering)

Co-supervisor: Dr. Jun Xia (XJTLU, Civil Engineering Department)

Co-supervisor: Dr. Di Sarno, Luigi (UoL, Civil Engineering Department)

Project Description:

Concrete is commonly known as the most widely used construction material worldwide for infrastructure development. However, the rapidly developing world and the massive evolution of urban development have caused a massive surge in environmental pollution and depletion of raw materials. By making an optimised utilisation of industrial waste and by-products to make concrete is no doubt a significant step toward sustainable construction. This project aims to characterise the development of artificial aggregates made from solid wastes which would  include but not limited to coal combustion residuals, sludge from water treatment, red mud and phosphogypsum. The physical, chemical mechanical properties and durability of the newly engineered aggregates will be evaluated to ensure their suitability for civil engineering applications. Various treatment procedures will also be explored aiming at further enhancing the performance of the aggregates.

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Eligibility Criteria:

Academic qualification: The studentship is competitive and the candidate would be expected to demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding research potential. Candidate will have a first class honours undergraduate degree, or a distinction master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in civil engineering, material science or an appropriate field of study. 

Language qualification: Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English.

This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality. 


The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.


The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 5,000 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award.  It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching or research assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).

  • CV
  • Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
  • Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
  • Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)  
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Suzhou - China
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: ¥140,000
£15,632.68 converted salary* per annum (Covers tuition fee and stipend).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 3rd July 2019
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