PhD Studentship Measuring Segmental Tunnel Behaviour and Implications for Design

Limit of tenure: 3.5 years 

An EPSRC funded Industrial Case Studentship Award is available for a suitably qualified candidate to conduct research leading to the award of a PhD degree in the field of civil engineering as part of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge ( The award is sponsored by CH2M Hill-Halcrow ( with whom the student will work closely in the research of segmental tunnel behaviour. The main objectives of this project are to assess the actual performance of segmental tunnel behaviour through innovative monitoring (e.g. distributed optical fibre strain measurement and wireless sensor network) and advanced numerical analysis and to find practical implications for design of future segmental tunnels such as Thames Tideway tunnel and Crossrail 2 tunnels.


The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level with an upper second or first class honours degree in Civil Engineering This Studentship will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide a tax-free stipend at the EPSRC rate of £13,726 p.a. for 3.5 years, starting on 1st October 2013. Due to the nature of funding the studentship full funding is only available to UK citizens although EU students may be eligible for a fees-only award (no maintenance grant). For student eligibility criteria, please visit:

Please send a covering letter, a CV, your academic transcripts, and the names of two academic referees who can be contacted should you be short-listed, to Ms Amanda Pyatt, Geotechncial Group Administrator (Div D), Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, (Tel +44 (0)1223 332717, Fax +44 (0)1223 339713, or send an email by clicking ‘Apply’ below), to reach her not later than 15 June 2013. Please include reference to ‘PhD Studentship-Segmental Tunnel Behaviour ‘ in any correspondence. Informal enquiries about this post may be addressed to Professor Kenichi Soga (

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Closing Date: 15 June 2013

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