PhD in Measuring Infrastructure Resilience

United Kingdom
Posted 1 year ago

Location of position: Bloomsbury, London

Duration of Studentship: 3 Years

Stipend Part or fully funded studentship for international or UK students respectively.

Vacancy Information Note: the studentship covers EU/international fees.

This research develops the notion of net resilience. Net resilience gain is about avoiding new infrastructure or infrastructure adaptations which do not have a measurable resilience benefit to the whole system that they will be included in. A set of novel digital methods and processes are needed to measure resilience which is a dynamic property of infrastructure changing on a regular basis depending on hazards and vulnerabilities, demand and supply, aging and degradation, integration and innovation in infrastructure, etc.. Right time data will be collected not just on infrastructure providing critical services, but also on weather, soils, behaviours, etc. Familiarity with information management, privacy and security, and other digitalisation techniques would be advantageous.

The outcomes of the research will support better collaborative decision making on infrastructure resilience and achieve national scale infrastructure resilience improvement. As part of the PhD, the candidate is expected to directly engage with infrastructure stakeholders.

The supervisory team for this position consists of Professor Liz Varga and Dr Tom Dolan, at the Infrastructure Systems Institute, and Department for Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering, The candidate will be based at the Department for Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering.

Studentship description

For international student applications, this is a part funded 3-year PhD studentship covering international fees only.

For UK student applications, this is fully funded for UK course fees and a £20,198 per annum tax free stipend in Year 1, rising with inflation.

Person specification

We are looking for an outstanding candidate with a background in engineering/science and demonstrable technical capabilities to manage flows of big data and related algorithms for data synthesis and insight. Experience with one of the infrastructure sectors: transport, energy, water, waste water, or telecommunications is preferred.

Eligibility

Applicants should apply through (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research-degrees/civil-environmental-and-geomatic-engineering-mphil-phd) and include a letter of motivation, CV and research proposal of no more than 1,000 words (excluding bibliography). In the proposal, please describe the research questions and objectives, proposed methods and data, and preferred infrastructure sector focus.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please reach out to Prof Liz Varga.

Contact name: Prof Liz Varga

Contact details: l.varga@ucl.ac.uk

Closing date: 31 May 2023

Interview date: TBC

Studentship start date: 25 September 2023

Funding Notes

For international student applications, this is a part funded 3-year PhD studentship covering international fees only.

For UK student applications, this is fully funded for UK course fees and a £20,198 per annum tax free stipend in Year 1, rising with inflation.

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