Vacancies & Scholarships
PhD Funding at the Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering School
There are some general funding schemes such as the ‘Government of Ireland scholarships’ (http://research.ie/funding/postgraduate-funding) and many other sources of funding such as European Union projects, national agencies (such as EPA or Science Foundation Ireland) and industry-funded projects. When lecturers win these projects, they will often be looking for good candidates to undertake funded PhD studies. In many cases, such opportunities are not advertised.
If you are interested in doing a PhD, it is best to identify potential supervisors and to arrange to meet them to express your interest and to find out if there is funding available. A list of staff in the School, their email addresses and their ideas for PhD research is available here.
Other vacancies at University level
PhD position in the School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin:
Project Title - Mobile Automated Rovers Fly-By (MARS-FLY) for Bridge Network Resiliency (Funding Agency: SFI US-Ireland R&D Partnership at NSF)
Description: There is an interest in research and development that provides improved safety, mobility, and energy conservation in the monitoring and operation of the highway bridge network system which is reliable, adaptable, and secure while also being cost-effective. In the future, bridges will be monitored and load will be controlled electronically but the challenge with this is the cost, but being often in remote locations the cost of installing electricity and a data acquisition system in hundreds of thousands of bridges is prohibitive. The MARS-FLY project will develop a cyber-physical system (CPS) designed to monitor the health of highway bridges, control the loads imposed on bridges by heavy trucks, and provide visual inspectors with quantitative information for data-driven bridge health requiring no electricity and a minimum of data acquisition electronics on site. Unlike drive-by vehicle and other systems still in their infancy, it will bring down the cost of monitoring to the point that it will be feasible to implement it throughout the road and rail networks. To reduce the sensor power requirements, GPS-controlled auto-piloted drones will periodically carry data acquisition electronics to the bridge and will be used to download data from the sensors at close range. Larger Imaging drones carrying infrared cameras will be used to detect detail damages like concrete delamination.
Requirements/Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a 2.1 or first class honours degree in Civil, Structural,Mechanical Engineering, or a related discipline. A Masters degree in Civil Engineering or a related area may also be suitable. The candidate must be highly motivated and capable of working both independently and within a team. Strong numerical and analytical skills are essentials as is a demonstrated ability to communicate scientific research findings.
Project Duration: 36 months starting on the 1st October 2017.
Conditions: €18,500 Stipend per annum. Postgraduate fees for EU students will be covered by the project. In addition, any necessary travel and material costs incurred during the project will also be covered. These include meetings at University of Alabama (USA) and Queen's University in Belfast, in addition to international conferences.
Application Closing Date: 4pm on Friday 28th July 2017. Interviews are likely to be held in August. Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae (with names of 2 referees), together with a personal statement explaining (1) how you meet the requirements of the position and; (ii) why you would like to pursue a PhD Research Programme, to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the project, please contact: Assoc. Prof. Arturo Gonzalez, UCD School of Civil Engineering (email@example.com)
PhD position in the School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin:
Project Title - Identification and modelling of microplastic transport pathways from land through river systems (Funding Agency: Irish Environmental Protection Agency)
Description: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and strongly motivated graduate to undertake a PhD in University College Dublin (UCD) as part of a large-scale interdisciplinary 3-year research project “Sources, Pathways and Environmental Fate of Freshwater Microplastics” funded by the Irish EPA. This project is collaborative and involves research teams in the Galway, Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Given the increasing concern regarding knowledge gaps concerning microplastic pollution there is a need for a systematic approach to understand the movement of microplastics from sources to aquatic receptors and dispersal within freshwater ecosystems. Outcomes from previous studies on microplastics, coupled with the reliance on freshwater courses to receive and transport microplastic waste streams in Ireland, makes it vitally important to understand their pathways and fates so risk to ecosystems and humans can be understood. The overall project aims to gain further refinement of source characterisation, determine factors critical for pathway attenuation, investigate foodweb transfer and provide recommendations for monitoring of microplastics in freshwater environments. The UCD Dooge Centre for Water Resources in the School of Civil Engineering has a strong reputation in marine and freshwater research and has been involved in many national and international projects in the area.
Requirements/Qualifications: The successful candidate will hold a 2.1 or first class honours degree in Civil, Water Resources of Environmental Engineering, Geology (water and/ or sedimentation) or a related discipline. A Masters degree in Civil Engineering or a related area may also be suitable. The candidate must be highly motivated and capable of working both independently and within a team. Strong numerical and analytical skills are essentials as is a demonstrated ability to communicate scientific research findings. Experience in analytical laboratory and field measurement is desirable. A full, clean driving license is also required.
Project Duration: 36 months
Conditions: €18,000 Stipend per annum. Postgraduate fees for EU students will be covered by the project. In addition, any necessary travel and material costs incurred during the project will also be covered.
Application Closing Date: 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017. Interviews are likely to be held in late April/ early May. Applicants should submit their Curriculum Vitae (with names of 2 referees), together with a personal statement explaining (1) how you meet the requirements of the position and; (ii) why you would like to pursue a PhD Research Programme, to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information on the project, download the pdf file here or please contact: Dr. John O’Sullivan, UCD School of Civil Engineering (email@example.com) or Prof. Michael Bruen, UCD School of Civil Engineering (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PhD Position in the School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin:
Project Title - SKILLFULL project (Funding Agency: EU Horizon 2020)
Scholarship: Horizon 2020 project. Fees paid at EU rate with stipend of circa 22,000 euro per year OR
Fees paid at non-EU rate with stipend of circa 18,000 euro per year.
Commencing: As soon as possible.
Project: The PhD student will be working on a Horizon 2020 project (SKILLFUL) for 3 years (2016-2019) that explores the skills and competences that will be required by the transport workforce of the future, and will design training methods and tools for transport professionals.