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Job ID: 181402

PhD on Composite Materials and Structures
Imperial College London

Date Posted Mar. 15, 2022
Title PhD on Composite Materials and Structures
University Imperial College London
London, United Kingdom
Department Civil and Environmental Engineering
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Jan 2022
  • Post-Doc
  • Structural Engineering
    Polymer Science
    Civil Engineering

About the Positions

Applications are invited for PhD positions on composite materials and structures in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. You will be working on topics related to polymers and polymer based composites, cementitious composites, natural fibre/polymers composites, smart and functional nanocomposites, bio-inspired composites, timber, and structural applications of these materials such as strengthening of structures, structural health monitoring, 3D printing, smart wearable devices etc. The research will be carried out within the material section of the department, and the access to the facilities across the college will be made available when necessary.

International candidates should have an IELTS score no less than 6.5, and GPA 88% min (or equivalent to 1st class of UK grade) for both UG and MSC studies. Those with research experiences in the above mentioned areas are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates are expected to have a master degree in engineering, science, or equivalent experiences. Basic understanding of materials, mechanics and modelling is essential. The other requirements include but not limited to the ability to communicate effectively via presentations and written publications, well organised and ability to work independently, ability to learn new skills and build relationships with new people in an effective manner.

Funding is available to support PhD positions but only offered to very competitive candidates. Self-fund candidates are welcome to apply.

About the University

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focused entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world. You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in WhiteCity. We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation, and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces. It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

About the Department

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the largest and most highly rated civil engineering department in the UK. We aim to develop the understanding, tools and people needed to create and maintain sustainable natural and built environments, working on most of the major challenges facing the world today, including resilience of communities to natural and man-made extreme events, sustainable urbanization, providing water for all, climate change mitigation/adaptation, diminishing natural resources, renewable energy, low carbon economy and extending the life of our infrastructure.

About the Facilities

The laboratories of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering provide state-of-the-art facilities and are amongst the most up-to-date and best equipped in Europe.:

Our Structural Engineering lab has recently re-opened after a £10 million refit, and is now one of the best in the world, able to undertake a wide range of experimental work.
The Geotechnics lab is equipped with sophisticated purpose-designed equipment for soil testing and analysis.
The Applied Hydrodynamics lab has wind-wave generators, flumes and tanks.
Our two Environmental Engineering labs can undertake high level pollution/chemical analysis.
Our recently-established Intelligent Infrastructure and Transport lab is fully equipped with monitoring, sensing and electronic prototyping equipment that can support lab- and field-based studies on transport operations and civil infrastructure.

The UKCRIC Advanced Infrastructure Materials Laboratory will be the centrepiece of a new Imperial Centre for Infrastructure Materials where researchers will develop a new generation of construction materials that are more durable and robust, able to withstand ever heavier loads, and more cost effective to manufacture and maintain.
In addition, the Department has outstanding computing and library facilities. These complement the facilities provided by the College and provide a very supportive environment for postgraduate study.

About the Application

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. An application should include IELTS score no less than 6.5, and GPA 88% min (or equivalent to 1st class of UK grade) for both UG and MSC studies, a latest CV with a publication list, a cover letter, and the contact information (including name, affiliation, phone number and email address) of at least two references, and other supporting documents, in a single PDF file to Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Due to the amount of applications, we are not able to reply to every applicant. Those applicants who do not receive the reply from us are encouraged to move on to look for other opportunities.

Scholarships and Contacts

Funding is only available to support PhD positions but only offered to very competitive candidates. Self-fund candidates are welcome to apply.

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