Funding and Finance EPSRC PhD Studentship In Responsive Materials for Architecture

Reference Code: CI628

Closing Date: 30th June 2013


Name of the supervisors
Dr Ben Bridgens, School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences (CEG)

Dr Graham Farmer, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape (APL)

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) & Newcastle University (School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape)

Duration of the award
3.5 years

Project description
The ability of buildings to respond to changes in the environment, such as temperature or moisture, is crucial to enable them to minimise energy use and efficiently optimise the internal environment. This project seeks to develop inherently responsive materials appropriate for building facades, and implement them in prototype cladding systems that do not require sensors or external energy to operate. The project is jointly supervised by the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences and the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape.

Value of the award and eligibility
This award is available to candidates who meet the ESPRC’s eligibility criteria. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,590 (2013-14).

Person specification
You will have a background in civil, structural or materials engineering with a strong interest in the built environment and architecture. You will have an aptitude for laboratory testing, design & development of prototypes, and structural analysis. You will be creative and willing to work across the disciplines of Architecture, Structural Engineering & Materials Science.

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How to apply
You must apply by clicking ‘Apply’ below, inserting the reference number CI628 and selecting ‘PhD School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Civil Engineering (Structural)’ as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed, plus a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference number CI628 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

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