17/05/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD candidates (x2) - Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN DuRSAAM Early Stage Researchers - University of Sheffield

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Sheffield
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringCivil engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    30/05/2019 17:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Sheffield
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37.5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    23/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813596

DuRSAAM is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN), aimed at improving the durability, reliability and sustainability of the built environment through the use of alkali-activated cements and concretes.

DuRSAAM is recruiting, at the University of Sheffield, two Materials Science and Engineering early stage researchers (ESRs), to design and validate the next generation of sustainable construction materials. DuRSAAM is a collaborative PhD framework creating a critical mass of experts skilled in innovative alkali-activated material (AAM) concrete, as a key enabling technology for a sustainable and resilient built environment. AAM technology presents a new generation of materials, ideally conceived to respond to the need for more efficient, durable, eco-friendly and reliable construction, and utilizing by-product resources as raw materials.

The ESRs will be recruited for 36 months and be enrolled onto a PhD programme at the University of Sheffield. They will expect to spend 1 month on industrial secondment and 6 months on academic secondment, during the term of their research, as outlined below:.

 

ESR1: Carbonation and related chemical attack in AAMs

This ESR will focus on generating and disseminating new insight into the influence of carbonation on AAM concretes, and ways in which this can be mitigated and controlled to enable the provision of AAM materials with excellent properties in service. This ESR will spend 1 month on secondment to Argos (Bogota/Medellin, Colombia), and 6 months on secondment to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), developing aspects of their project work.

 

ESR2: Durability and service life modelling for AAM concretes

This ESR will develop, implement and disseminate an advanced mathematical model that will enable the service life of AAM concretes to be predicted, making use of laboratory results generated across the DuRSAAM network, with value to both academic and industry interests related to structural design using AAM concretes. This ESR will spend 1 month on secondment to Sanacon (Ghent, Belgium), and 6 months on secondment to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany), developing aspects of their project work.

Benefits

The salary will be £37,428 per annum. This includes a non-pensionable Mobility Allowance of £4,902. An additional Family Allowance of £2,043 is available to those in a legally recognised partnership. 

Eligibility criteria

You will have, or expect to have by 1st September 2019, a Bachelor or Masters degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, or a related discipline. You should have knowledge of materials processing and characterisation. You will be expected to design and implement new test methodologies for materials, including analysis of results obtained, and should have the analytical capability to convert this analysis into useful mathematical models.

You will have a demonstrated capacity to undertake an independent research project and work to deadlines.

You will be a culturally responsive and self-motivated team member with a global mind-set who actively supports the values of diversity and collegiality and seeks to work across boundaries.

At the time of recruitment, 1 September 2019, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior, but should hold EU fee status for the purpose of doctoral study in the UK.

Selection process

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview and informed about the next stages, during June 2019.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

You will have, or expect to have by 1st September 2019, a Bachelor or Masters degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, or a related discipline. You should have knowledge of materials processing and characterisation. You will be expected to design and implement new test methodologies for materials, including analysis of results obtained, and should have the analytical capability to convert this analysis into useful mathematical models.

You will have a demonstrated capacity to undertake an independent research project and work to deadlines.

You will be a culturally responsive and self-motivated team member with a global mind-set who actively supports the values of diversity and collegiality and seeks to work across boundaries.

You should provide evidence in your application that you meet the criteria that are described in the full "About The Job" statement available from http://jobs.shef.ac.uk.

 

Specific Requirements

ESR1: Carbonation and related chemical attack in AAMs

This ESR will focus on generating and disseminating new insight into the influence of carbonation on AAM concretes, and ways in which this can be mitigated and controlled to enable the provision of AAM materials with excellent properties in service.

 

ESR2: Durability and service life modelling for AAM concretes

This ESR will develop, implement and disseminate an advanced mathematical model that will enable the service life of AAM concretes to be predicted, making use of laboratory results generated across the DuRSAAM network, with value to both academic and industry interests related to structural design using AAM concretes.

 

 

Both ESRs will be expected to:

  • Conduct their doctoral studies according to the University of Sheffield Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/code/), including following all monitoring milestones and submitting a finished thesis within the funded period
  • Plan and undertake the research and development necessary to achieve the aims of the project.
  • Design tests and experiments to address research objectives.
  • Analyse and write up results.
  • Compile and analyse data.
  • Contribute to the writing of research reports, progress reports, presentations and any other reporting obligations.
  • Disseminate the results via high quality peer reviewed journals, conference presentations, and project meetings.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of all findings.
  • Develop own scientific background, specialist knowledge and scientific contacts.
  • Participate in project meetings.
  • Attend national and international conferences and workshops to present the research results to a wider audience and stay up to date with current advances in the field.
  • Collaborate with the project partners.
  • Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
University of Sheffield
United Kingdom
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin St

EURAXESS offer ID: 409129

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