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Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £34,804 to £40,322 Per Annum
Fixed Term Contract
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Thursday 10 October 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 10 November 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  081819

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the area of Energy Geotechnics. The successful applicant will work on the EPSRC funded project “Investigation of thermo-mechanical performance of Geothermal Energy Pile”. The project is multi-disciplinary and requires understanding of geotechnical engineering, structural & material engineering, and environmental engineering. It is closely aligned with Surrey’s research themes: Urban Living and Sustainability.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be hosted at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Surrey. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Rao Martand Singh, and will be responsible for both experimental and numerical modelling parts of this project. Specific tasks include: 1) Experimental investigation of a laboratory scale geothermal energy pile embedded in unsaturated soils under different thermo-mechanical loading; 2) Developing a finite element method based thermo-hydro-mechanical (THM) model and simulating the experimental results.

The candidate must have a PhD (or equivalent qualification) in Geotechnical or Geoenvironmental Engineering with a good publication record evident by papers published on geothermal energy piles in highly ranked journals. The candidate must demonstrate the deep understanding of geothermal energy piles and unsaturated soil mechanics. The candidate will have research experience in both experimental and numerical techniques of THM concept, and soil-structure interaction. Experience with the understanding of material (concrete) engineering is highly desirable. Strong communication/interpersonal skills, project management and an ability to work independently are essential. The project is supported by various industry partners and therefore it will require travel to liaise with them.

This post is offered on a full time, fixed term contract with funding for 18 months and possibility of extending it to 24 months. The expected starting date is 2nd December 2019 or earlier, depending on availability.

Enquiries can be addressed to Dr Rao Martand Singh,

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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,302) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,236).

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