PhD Studentship in Transport Engineering - University of Southampton

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An EngD Studentship is available for start immediately, sponsored by Mott MacDonald.

The EngD is a 4-year doctorate that includes taught modules, including technical courses offered by the School and management modules from the University’s MBA programme, and research in an industrial environment.

EngD stipends comprise an enhanced EPSRC studentship plus company sponsorship.

The minimum tax free stipend is currently circa £17,000 pa.

The UK railway system is fundamentally dependent on the performance ofearthworks which are typically 150 years old.

In the last ten years a new field of geotechnical engineering research activity has developed which focuses on the interactions between climate, vegetation and the deformation and delayed failure of old clay fill embankments.

The technical part of the EngD project will work towards an improved understanding of the behaviour of these structures, looking at the influence a changing climate and proactive approaches to vegetation management have on the serviceability and failures in embankments.

This will be done through analysis of existing field data, and numerical modelling of the hydrological and mechanical processes involved in embankment deformation and delayed failure.

Applicants should have a 1st or 2.1 class degree (or equivalent) in engineering or physical sciences.

Please contact:

Professor W. Powrie (wp [at] or Dr J. A. Smethurst (J.A.Smethurst [at] if you wish to discuss details of the project informally.

More information on the EngD programme is available from the EngD Co-ordination Centre,

Tel. +44 (0)23 8059 7705,

Email: engd [at]

Application forms and notes for guidance can be obtained online, from

or from:

Mrs Jacqui Holmes
School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ

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