Architect Job: PhD Studentship: Resilient and Sustainable Steel-framed Building Structures

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Supervisory Team: Dr Sheida Afshan 

Project description

The more frequent extreme conditions and the challenges associated with climate change mean that our structures and infrastructure need to be designed to be efficient, resilient, sustainable and capable of meeting the demands of modern society as well as current and future risks. 

In this project you will investigate the behaviour and design of steel-framed structures with novel hybrid stainless steel/carbon steel joints as a means of improving their resilience under extreme loading conditions. You will conduct both experimental and numerical modelling research using the state-of-the-art structural and material testing facilities in the new UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory at the University of Southampton. Your PhD research outputs will lead to real structural design guidance rules and potential adoption into standards and practice. 

You will be part of a vibrant research group focussed on a range of Structural Engineering challenges and be based in Southampton’s brand new National Infrastructure Laboratory at the Boldrewood Innovation Campus. We will be collaborating with industry and you will receive mentoring and training through the University’s Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities Centre of Doctoral Training. 

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Sheida Afshan, Infrastructure Research Group, Email: 

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). 

Closing Date: Applications should be received no later than 31 August 2023 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place. 

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2022/23, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Sheida Afshan. 

Applications should include:

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date  

For further information please contact:

The School of Engineering is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

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