School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Postgraduate research

Opportunities

We recruit over forty new PhD students each year. A number of these are self-funded, but places are also supported by annual studentship and Doctoral Training awards.

CICE - HS2 - Earthworks

Title: Innovations in Construction Quality of Trackbed and Geotechnical Assets

 

Location: Loughborough

 

Application details:

Reference number:          CICE/2018/P02/Earthworks

Project Start date:            01/10/2018

Advert Closing date:        17/06/2018        

Interview dates:                25 June – 6July 2018

 

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor:            Dr Matthew Frost

Secondary supervisors:      Dr Paul R Fleming

 

Intro:

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy.  A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

 

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University, via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

 

 

 

Project Detail:

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited  

 

The project’s aim is to develop novel and effective practices for site based compliance monitoring and/or testing to verify appropriate build quality of placed soils/fill materials and trackbed support. The research aligns with HS2’s design standards for high-speed rail, and aims to facilitate a step-change in construction assurance in respect of quality, risk, safety and programme.

For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/  

 

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

Entry requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in geotechnical/civil engineering, materials engineering or geophysics. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience in construction materials design and/or testing, earthworks engineering and/or transport infrastructure is desirable, and experience of data collection and analysis from laboratory and/or field work. Excellent communication and IT skills are required.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st October 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,277 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for more experienced graduates. This studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Dr Matthew Frost

Email address:                   m.w.frost@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 228 306

 

For information about the application process, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address:                   J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 228 549

 

 

How to apply:

 

Previous applicants need not apply

 

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

 

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P02/Earthworks

CICE - HS2 - Photogrammetry

Title: 3-D Data Capture and Monitoring using HS2 Service Train Imagery

 

Location: Loughborough

 

Application details:

Reference number:          CICE/2018/P03/Photogrammetry

Project Start date:            01/10/2018

Advert Closing date:        17/06/2018        

Interview date:                 25 June – 6July 2018

 

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor:            Dr Rene Wackrow

Secondary supervisors:      Prof Jim Chandler

 

Intro:

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

 

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

 

 

 

Project Detail:

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of High Speed Two – the largest construction project in Europe – and ensure it is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways. Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway.

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/high-speed-two-limited

 

The project’s aim is to investigate the potential of imagery acquired from HS2 trains to capture 3-D data representing trackside infrastructure. Such imagery and Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry will be used to generate 3-D representations and monitor change. The research will address the uncertainty of spatial data quality derived from high speed camera platforms and will help to facilitate improved provision of information to monitor change in high speed rail infrastructure. For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/

 

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

 

Entry requirements:

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) with a background in civil engineering or related fields. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.  Desired skills: Photogrammetry, Image Processing, Surveying, Programming or related skills.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st October 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,277 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Dr Rene Wackrow

Email address:                   r.wackrow@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 222585

 

For information about the application process, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address:                   J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 228 549

 

 

How to apply:

 

Previous applicants need not apply

 

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

 

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P03/Photogrammetry

CICE - HS2 - Sustainable

Title: Enabling long term resource efficiency in infrastructure projects

 

Location: Loughborough

 

Application details:

Reference number:          CICE/2018/P04/Sustainable

Project Start date:            01/10/2018

Advert Closing date:        17/06/2018        

Interview dates:                25 June – 6July 2018

 

Supervisors:

Primary supervisor:            Dr Mohamed Osmani

Secondary supervisors:      Dr Chris Goodier

 

Intro:

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are extremely sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

 

Applications are invited for a Research Engineer to undertake a joint research project between High Speed Two (HS2) Limited and Loughborough University via a prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’.

 

 

 

Project Detail:

Working under an umbrella theme of “Innovation for whole life value”, HS2 is working with Loughborough University to help optimise the design, build and operation of the HS2 railway (https://www.hs2.org.uk/) 

 

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop innovative approaches which will enable long term resource efficiency for the HS2 programme. There will be opportunities for the candidate to shape the research direction, based on their background and interests, with the possibility to develop approaches which look at the assessment of whole life value, data and information management, the decision-making process or another mechanism identified through the research. The outputs will enhance the understanding and practice of circular economy in HS2’s stakeholders and supply chain, and help deliver a more sustainable legacy for the programme. For further information go to: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/cice/vacancies/

 

The successful candidate will be required to work between HS2’s Birmingham Head Office and Loughborough University, and with parties from the HS2 supply chain.

 

Entry requirements:

Applicants will need at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) and could have a background in a variety of fields, including but not limited to project/construction/asset management, architecture, quantity surveying, or civil/ structural /environmental engineering. A relevant Master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage. The successful candidate should have an interest or/and experience in sustainability, material resource efficiency, construction waste management and the circular economy.

Funding information:

The studentship is for four years and is intended to start on 1st October 2018. The studentship provides a starting minimum tax-free stipend of £19,277 per annum (2017/18 rates – the stipend will rise in line with the level set by the RCUK) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

Contact details:

For information about the research project, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Dr Mohamed Osmani

Email address:                   m.osmani@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 228 155

 

For information about the application process, please contact:

 

Name:                                 Mrs Jackie Williams

Email address:                   J.Williams2@lboro.ac.uk

Telephone number:          (01509) 228 549

 

How to apply:

 

Previous applicants need not apply

 

All applications should be made online at www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/.  Under programme name, please select ‘Civil and Building Engineering’.

 

Please quote reference number: CICE/2018/P04/Sustainable

Advertised studentships

Each year the School awards a number of EPSRC, NERC, University and School funded studentships (for three years’ study towards PhD). School opportunities are generally advertised in October/November, and awarded by the end of February, for studies commencing in October. Graduate School studentships may be available at other times.

Contacting the supervisor of an advertised position is strongly recommended. Your perspective on the area can then be included in the project details section. Please make sure your application includes the relevant vacancy reference.

For information about current School studentships please click here →

Applicants should apply online from the Graduate School website. These scholarships are very competitive, and only candidates who meet the qualification criteria (e.g. have an appropriate UK/European residency connection) and have outstanding qualifications should apply.

Doctoral Training Centres and the Industrial Doctorate Centre

LoLo: The London-Loughborough Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand

The EPSRC-funded LoLo Centre offers researchers a novel learning structure based at either Loughborough University or University College London (UCL). Before embarking on their three-year PhD, students undertake a one-year MRes course that allows them time to absorb the context of energy demand studies and to pick up the rules, tools and methods that can support powerful, influential research. Please see the CDT website for full details.

NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Our new NERC Doctoral Training Partnership offers excellent doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council. See Central England NERC Training Alliance.

EngD Studentships

Engineering Doctorate (EngD) studentships are awarded when funding is available from EPSRC and/or industry. For details on previous studentships and projects, please see the CICE website.

Research Associates

The School also recruits a variety of salaried Research Associates each year to undertake Research Council, EU, Government or industry sponsored research. Successful candidates may also register as part-time students to study for an MPhil or PhD. These posts are advertised on the University recruitment pages.

Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC)

WEDC is one of the world's leading education and research institues for developing knowledge and capacity in water and sanitation for low- and middle-income countries. For over 45 years, WEDC has been delivering high quality postgraduate education for professionals working in international development across the developing world. Join us and study in the UK or by distance learning.

Open applications

Candidates may apply for a research degree at any time, even if specific vacancies are not advertised. These applications may be considered for any vacancies that arise later in the academic year, or candidates can source their own funding.

An online application should be made through the Graduate School website. Please provide a summary of your proposed area of research (approximately 500 words) including your research interests, initial thoughts on a topic, references to previous work, and the methodology and general approach you wish to take. You should also indicate how the research would make an original contribution to knowledge.

If you do not have a firm research proposal it is still important to provide as much information as possible including possible topic areas and intended sources of funding.

Further information