PhD position at Heriot-Watt University

Applications are welcome for a PhD position within IAPETUS2 Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), funded and accredited by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The project focuses on the fundamental mechanics of soils, rock formations and their interaction in consequence of thermo-mechanical actions through a cross-scale experimental campaign. It is co-led by supervisors from both Heriot-Watt University (HW) and Newcastle University (NU).

Detailed information on the project can be found below:

Stability controls in subsurface interfaces subjected to thermal and mechanical actions – IAPETUS2

The studentship is available to both Home and Overseas students.

Home students can directly submit their application from the following link before the 5th of January 2024.

The overseas students are requested to contact us first, no later than the 11th of December 2023, before submitting their applications. Otherwise, the application will not be considered valid. (More details on this under the “International Applicants” title).

The successful candidates should possess at minimum a MSc and undergraduate degree in civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, earth science or a similar field. Strong interest and experience in experimental soil and rock mechanics are essential requirements of this project.

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

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