PhD Scholarship available in Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Geotechnical Science and Engineering, The University of Newcastle, Australia.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a PhD scholarship to investigate the mechanisms governing laboratory and in situ testing in soft natural clays. The multifaceted research project will involve an intriguing blend of laboratory testing of high-quality undisturbed samples recovered from the Centre’s National Soft Soil Test Facility at Ballina, NSW, and advanced numerical simulations of soil tests allowing for very large deformations.
This project is part of the Centre’s research themes on Geomaterials Science and Moving Boundary Problems. Its focus will be on the development of novel testing procedures, together with the modelling of strain softening and rate effects on the shear strength of clays in large deformation boundary value problems.
Suitable candidates will have a Civil Engineering background, preferably with an MSc in Geomechanics or Computational Mechanics. candidates should have relevant experience in computer programming and/or laboratory testing.
The scholarship stipend will depend on the merit of the candidate, and will be in the range of AUD 30,000 – 35,000 p.a. (tax free) for three years.
Please submit expressions of interest along with a copy of your CV to Dr. George Kouretzis.
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Closing date for applications: 31 August 2014
The scholarship is available to commence immediately.