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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Geotechnical Engineering

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science

Location: Oxford
Salary: £32,236 to £39,609 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th June 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019
Job Ref: 141453

Department of Engineering Science, Parks Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a. 

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Geotechnical Engineering to contribute to a collaborative research project between Oxford University and Ørsted, focused on geotechnical design methods for offshore wind turbine foundations. The post is fixed-term for 2 years, starting from 1 October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will contribute to the delivery of field testing on reduced scale offshore wind foundations, and will also perform element testing as well as model-scale tests in the Oxford laboratory. They will need to work at the field test sites, as a client liaison to the field test contractor, and be able to process the monitored data from the test instrumentation as well as develop an interpretation of the test results. In the laboratory they will contribute to commissioning new soil element testing equipment and execute advanced static and dynamic soil element tests using triaxial and simple shear apparatus. 

Candidates must hold (or are near to completion of) a relevant PhD/DPhil, along with appropriate experience, and should have the ability to evaluate, interpret and report experimental data within a proposed framework to a high standard. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Byron Byrne ( 

You will be required to upload a covering letter / supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), a detailed CV and the contact details of two referees as part of your online application. 

Applications must be received before 12.00 midday on 31 July 2019. 

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Closing Date: 31-JUL-2019 12:00

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