13 PhD Positions

Open Position posted on 30/05/17

Location: Various locations

13 PhD studentships in advanced experimental and computational modelling studies of the nanoscale hydration and growth of calcium silicate and related hydrates that form the active component of cement based materials used in applications as diverse construction and dentistry and also for study of water dynamics and transport within these materials. Key experimental and numerical methods to be used include nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation analysis and imaging; electron microscopies, thermo gravimetric analysis and X-ray diffraction; key numerical methods include molecular dynamic and Monte Carlo simulations. 
Eleven of the projects are available at the University of Surrey (UK), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), Technische Universität Wien (Austria) and the Università di Bologna (Italy). Two projects that will award EPFL PhDs will be undertaken at HeidelbergCement research laboratories (Germany).
Students undertaking these projects can expect:
  • To receive broad spectrum advanced training in materials science and engineering appropriate to cement based materials.
  • To receive broad spectrum training in professional skills relevant to a research career either in academia or industry.
  • To engage actively with the European wide cement science consortium Nanocem that will present opportunities for networking leading to future career enhancement.
  • To benefit from travel to and placements at partner organisations throughout the course of the PhD that will advance the research and researcher experience.
Further details including a description of all the projects are available at http://www.nanocem.org/european-projects/mc-etn-erica
These projects are funded by the EC Marie Curie Training network ERICA. For each project, full funding according to Horizon 2020 workprogramme 2016-2017 for Marie Curie Sklodowska-Curie action (PDF) is available for at least 3 years for eligible candidates. Full eligibility criteria can be found here  but in most cases EC students may take a project in a country other than their own country / country of first degree.

Applications are welcomed from prospective students with a good Masters Level degree or equivalent in any of Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Civil Engineering or related subject.

How to apply page

Applications should be received by 30 June 2017. Recruitment events will be held in August and September 2017 for projects starting between November 2017 and January 2018.