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Research Engineers needed to help shape High Speed 2

The University is looking to recruit four research engineers to work on an exciting new partnership with High Speed Two Ltd (HS2), the largest construction project in Europe.

Successful applicants will play a key part in ensuring HS2 is one of the world’s most technologically advanced railways, developing innovations which will help in the design, delivery and operation of the project.

The four-year Engineering Doctorate posts will cover four core strands that align with HS2’s priorities and build on existing areas of strength at the University. These are:

  • Embedding circular economy principles in infrastructure
  • Capture and monitoring using HS2 Service Train Imagery
  • Innovations in construction quality of Trackbed and geotechnical assets
  • Model-based systems engineering for a BIM-centric virtual railway network

The posts will be based at Loughborough’s School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering and HS2’s Birmingham head office, full details can be found here. The closing date for all applications is January 12 2018.

Jacqui Glass, Professor of Architecture and Construction in the School, said: “We are delighted to be working with HS2 on these important areas, which are of great relevance to infrastructure delivery within and beyond the HS2 project.

“Without research in these critical areas, industry’s ability to create world-class, durable and sustainable transport systems will be hampered. These four projects are based on our well-established Engineering Doctorate model, which has been recognised for its high impact approach to collaborative research with industry partners, so we anticipate the outcomes will be very influential.”

Iain Roche, Head of Innovation at HS2, added: “We are excited to work with Loughborough to support the development of innovative capabilities that will deliver value throughout the life of the railway, from its design through construction and in the ultimate operation of the railway.

“HS2 will require cutting edge technology and innovation to enable us to deliver a 21st century railway which will set new standards in efficiency, cost-effective maintenance and reliability, and we are looking forward to exploring how the new thinking emerging from these doctorates will help us do that.”

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