Post-doc position at Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics

The Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics (NCG) and the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre (NTEC) will be undertaking a large multi-disciplinary EPSRC funded project related to the assessment of new materials within railway drainage systems. NCG brings together expertise from the worlds of civil and geotechnical engineering as well as mathematics and material sciences to solve all forms of soil and rock-related engineering design and construction problems. NTEC is the UK’s foremost university research centre focused on pavement engineering and materials, infrastructure asset management, and operational risk and reliability. The project benefits from the direct involvement of industry partners and seeks to make developments which could significantly advance the methods and materials used in railway drainage systems. We seek a highly motivated researcher to join our team to work on this challenging project.

The objectives of the project are to investigate the potential use and whole-life cost of new materials in railway drainage systems. The role of this appointee will include performing both field-scale tests and small-scale physical modelling using the Nottingham geotechnical centrifuge. As such, the successful candidate should have a background in designing and conducting laboratory and/or full-scale based experimental programmes. The research will also include involvement and input into the development of a numerical hydraulic model (performed by a separate researcher), therefore some background in the use of numerical modelling codes for geotechnical analysis would be beneficial.

Candidates should be inquisitive, with a strong interest in applied research, and the personality and drive to interact effectively with industry and project partners. They will have a first degree or equivalent in Civil Engineering or cognate subject and will have been awarded a PhD or equivalent (or have submitted their thesis for examination), ideally in an area of Geotechnical Engineering. A good publication record will be an advantage but its absence should not hinder applications from those who have recently submitted their theses.

The full-time post is available immediately and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 36 months.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Alec Marshall, tel: 0115 9513908 or Email: . Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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