Two interconnected PhD positions at Heriot-Watt University and Newcastle University

Applications are welcome for two PhD positions within IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The projects focus on experimental and numerical investigations within the Energy Geostructures field and are co-led by supervisors from both Heriot-Watt University (HW) and Newcastle University (NU).

Detailed information on both of the projects can be found below:

HW University led PhD project:

NU led PhD project:

The projects are available to candidates from Home/EU (resident in the UK for 3 years or more prior to the commencement of their studies). Further information on eligibility criteria and application procedure can be found in the following link:

Prospective students are required to apply to the HO hosting the projects of their choice via the postgraduate student applications system of the partner organization. Below are the links to the HO application portals:

Project hosted by HW:

Project hosted by NU:

The successful candidates should possess at minimum a masters and undergraduate degree in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, earth science or a similar field. Strong interest and experience on experimental soil and rock mechanics and/or discrete element modeling are essential requirements of these projects.

Further enquiries on the vacancies can be directed to Dr. Melis Sutman (, Dr. Sadegh Nadimi ( and Dr. Elli-Maria Charalampidou (

The closing date for the applications is January 10th, 2020.

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