Research Fellow in Geotechnical Engineering – ROBOCONE Project 

This is a fixed term contract Post-doctoral Research Fellow position for up to 3 years, working on the ROBOCONE project, based at the University of Southampton.

You will join our team to support the development of robotic new geotechnical site investigation tool concepts. Your role will focus primarily on numerical modelling, with additional involvement in physical testing in the laboratory and the field.

ROBOCONE is a multi-disciplinary research project, in collaboration with research teams at University of Bristol and Trinity College Dublin, aiming to advance the use of robotics in civil engineering site investigation. The project is focused on new tools for advanced characterisation of static and cyclic soil properties and their use in modern geotechnical infrastructure design.

This role provides an opportunity to conduct research at the intersection of robotics, infrastructure resilience and geotechnical site characterisation. We are seeking candidates with a background in civil engineering, preferably with experience in geotechnical numerical modelling. You will be responsible for developing numerical models of the in situ tools, and exploring methods for interpreting soil parameters from in situ measurements.

You will join a major new research project comprised of teams at three universities, working alongside researchers with complementary skills in robotics and fieldwork, and a range of industry partners and international collaborators.

You will be based at the new National Infrastructure Laboratory on the University’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus, and you will be embedded within professional networks addressing the challenges of onshore and offshore infrastructure and decarbonisation as part of the Southampton Marine & Maritime Institute (SMMI) and the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC).

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