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Research Fellow in Offshore Renewable Energy (Geotechnics): Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Pro rata per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Interview Date:   Wednesday 25 March 2020
Reference:  1234720DA

You will undertake research associated with the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Chair in Emerging Technologies in Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering that will include theoretical, numerical and experimental aspects.  Your work will include the development of geotechnical site investigation tools to be deployed, operated and retrieved with reduced vessel support, and development of a design methods to derive geotechnical engineering parameters from such smarter tools. You will also be involved in co-supervising associated PhD projects and UG/MSc student projects within the Characterisation work package.

You will be based at the new National Infrastructure Laboratory on the University’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus with access to the Geotechnical Lab, Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, Hydrodynamics Facility and maker spaces.

Maritime Engineering is co-located with Lloyd’s Register’s Marine division on the Boldrewood Innovation Campus providing the opportunity for this project to include development of design guidance for the adoption of new site investigation tools and methods.

The outcome of this project will be improved methods to test, in situ, and characterise the seafloor in a more efficient manner, with a reduced requirement for vessel support.     

This project forms part of the activities of and is funded by a Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Emerging Technologies in Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering.

To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in geotechnics.*

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants who wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, onsite childcare facilities.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

* Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**subject to qualifying criteria

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Daniel Ward (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1234720DA  on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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