Are you an enthusiastic and motivated researcher with an interest in geotechnical engineering and asset management? Do you have experience of a range of commercial and/or open source software for geotechnical analysis? Do you want to further advance your career in one of the UK’s leading research-intensive Universities?
Infrastructure is fundamental to our economy and society. Geotechnical assets, of which there are over 100,000 km in the UK, are a major component of this infrastructure and fundamental to the delivery of critical services over long distances (e.g. road & railway earthworks, pipeline bedding, flood protection structures). However, failure is still commonplace; the costs are high; and our vulnerability to these failures is significant. For example, in 2015 there were 143 earthwork failures on the GB rail network; the cost of repairing these is 10 times greater under emergency conditions than when carrying out planned works; and if we get it wrong train derailments may occur. Despite this, the exact causes and timing of failures are poorly understood, and therefore difficult to mitigate. This leads to unanticipated failures, which cause severe disruption and damage reputations. These challenges will be exacerbated by future climate change and trends to use geotechnical assets in higher load bearing, higher frequency patterns, with reduced timescales for maintenance.
At the University of Leeds we are championing research into our infrastructure and cities, with expertise in climate resilience of infrastructure and high speed rail in particular. We are looking for a geotechnical engineer to join our team working on the resilience of geotechnical infrastructure assets. Are you an ambitious researcher looking for a new challenge? Do you have expertise in the analysis and assessment of embankments and cuttings? Do you want to join an expanding geotechnical research team at the University of Leeds?
We are a partner in the ACHILLES (Assessment, Costing and enHancement of long lIfe, Long Linear assEtS) programme grant, with a vision for the UK’s infrastructure to deliver consistent, affordable and safe services, underpinned by intelligent design, management and maintenance. As part of that programme we are seeking to appoint a geotechnical researcher to work alongside Dr Fleur Loveridge to deliver aspects of the forecasting and decision support elements of the research programme.
The research programme is multidisciplinary across multiple institutions and you will also be required to work with a range of collaborators including in the areas of climate science, statistical analysis, infrastructure systems and economic modelling.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Fleur Loveridge, University Academic Fellow
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2248 or email: F.A.Loveridge@leeds.ac.uk
|Location:||Leeds – Main Campus|
|Faculty/Service:||Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences|
|School/Institute:||School of Civil Engineering|
|Salary:||£34,304 to £40,927 p.a.|
|Due to funding restrictions, an appointment will not be made higher than £36,382 p.a.|
|Working Time:||37.5 hours per week|
|Post Type:||Full Time|
|Contract Type:||Fixed Term (11 months (grant funding))|
|Release Date:||Tuesday 14 June 2022|
|Closing Date:||Wednesday 29 June 2022|
|Interview Date:||To be confirmed|
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