Four post-doc and five PhD positions in soil-structure interaction for tree stability

Project title: Engineering a safer urban forest under extreme storms

Brief description: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUTS) is actively recruiting multiple post-doc and PhD positions for studying tree stability problems using geotechnical and structural engineering principles and research methods. We are looking for candidates who are interested in:
(1) Field testing of tree biomechanics and root anchorage;
(2) Centrifuge modelling of soil-root interaction;
(3) Numerical modelling of soil-root interaction;
(4) Wind tunnel modelling of wind-tree-soil-root interaction; and
(5) Analytical tree dynamic modelling for reliability-based analysis
Different positions require different skill sets; please see attached detailed job advert. for more information: JobAdvert-PhD and JobAdvert-PostDoc

Conditions of employments:
Post-doc: Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits including medical & dental benefits and annual leave will be provided where applicable. Initially appointment will normally be made on a 1-year contract, renewable for a maximum of 3 years subject to performance and research output.
PhD: Successful applicants will be offered a full studentship of 3 years (master holder) or 4 years (without master), at a monthly rate of HK$ 19.5k. They will be enrolled in HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School (, and they are expected to complete the programme as outlined in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (, in order to earn a PhD degree.

Interested candidates are invited to send (i) a motivation letter (< 2 pages); (ii) a CV with a full list of publication; (iii) proof of English proficiency (valid IELTS/TOFEL certificates); (iv) names of 2 references; (v) copies of bachelor, master degrees or/and PhD degrees and transcripts; and (vi) abstract of master dissertation (if any) to the project coordinator, Dr Anthony Leung (
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed (remotely) by project members. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Starting date is Sep 2021.

Contact: For more information about these positions, please contact the project coordinator: Dr Anthony Leung; Email:

About Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the HKUST ( The Department has 30 faculty members, teaching about 480 undergraduate students and 200 postgraduate research students. Offering academic degrees in BEng, MSc, MPhil and PhD, we conduct comprehensive teaching and research programmes in basic and applied aspects of civil engineering. The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities and is ranked consistently among the top 20 in the world according to the QS World University Rankings.

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