Fully Funded PhD Studentship in the Structural Conservation of a Tudor Warship

Application deadline: Wednesday 9 October
Start date: ASAP – by negotiation

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship to undertake research in the area of Structural Monitoring, Modelling and Materials Science of the Mary Rose Hull structure during the environmentally controlled drying phase of its conservation.

Funding – Courtesy of The Mary Rose Trust

University tuition fees at home/EU level will be fully covered and a tax-free bursary of £13,726 per year will be provided for the three-year duration. Home/EU applicants are eligible for full funding.

Project description

The successful applicant will join the Structural Engineering research group in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at Portsmouth University.

The objectives of the proposed research are to:                                                

  • Study and understand local movement in The Mary Rose timbers due to shrinkage and collapse.
  • Monitor and interpret global movement of the timbers and their reliance on existing and any additional supporting structures, cradle and barge.
  • Investigate additional structural monitoring methodologies and propose/optimise a  suitable future structural support mechanisms for The Mary Rose.

The applicant is also expected to actively participate in the publication of journal and conference papers.

Entry requirements: Applicants should hold a Masters degree or First (or Upper Second) Class Honours degree in Engineering, Physics or Material Science.

Further information: If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact the academic supervisor Dr David Begg.

How to apply: Applications (preferably by email) should consist of a letter of application explaining your reasons for applying for the position and your initial thoughts on the research area, a detailed CV (including expected or actual degree class), together with the names and contact details of two academic referees who can be contacted prior to interview.

These should be sent to Dr David Begg by email: David.Begg@port.ac.uk, please click the APPLY button below, or by post to Dr David Begg, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying Engineering, University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

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