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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in Deep Embedment Shear Strengthening of Concrete Structures using CFRP



Important description
The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) at the University of Bath has a rich and strong reputation for its creative and inspirational approach to research and teaching in the built environment. There are around 45 academics, 80 PhD students, 100 MSc students and 800 undergraduate students in the department. Hosted within ACE is the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRECICM), one of the largest research centres in the University. In RAE2008, 70% of our research in ACE was judged to be at least internationally excellent, and in the 2012 QS World Rankings research in civil engineering at Bath was ranked fifth in the world for its citations. More information about the Department can be found at www.bath.ac.uk/ace. BRECICM is seeking to appoint an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the field of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) shear strengthening of concrete structures using the Bath-invented technique of deep embedment. This 3-year fixed-term PhD post forms part of the EU-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘ENDURE’. The network partnership includes 14 top universities and 10 industrial partners from 11 European countries, and covers a wide range of expertise. More information about the MC ITN endure can be found at www.endure-itn.eu. The three-year PhD research project will involve fundamental experimental work and analytical research, investigating the strengthening of existing major concrete beam-and-slab structures where the webs of the beams are inaccessible. This is often the case where closely-spaced precast beams form the structure, and this has been a particularly popular form of construction of concrete bridges for several decades now. In such situations, it is impossible to use CFRP sheets or NSM techniques to strengthen the beams in shear. Instead, CFRP bars need to be embedded vertically in drilled holes. If the holes are drilled from the soffit upwards, this will avoid traffic stoppages during strengthening works. This project will investigate the feasibility and predictive modelling of this technique. The ESR will register for a PhD at the University of Bath, and will also be required to spend a period of secondment at one of the Partner Institutions to receive additional training. This is very likely to be at the University of Patras in Greece. As an ESR you will participate in network-wide events (training schools, seminars and conferences) and will become familiar with a wide range of research methods and industry related issues. You will be working in an environment driven by world leading scientific committees alongside the top experts in the field (the ESR will become an associate member of fib TG9.3 and contribute to its activities).


Eligibility and other criteria
BRECICM is seeking to appoint an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in the field of Carbon Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) shear strengthening of concrete structures using the Bath-invented technique of deep embedment. This 3-year fixed-term PhD post forms part of the EU-funded Marie Curie Initial Training Network ‘ENDURE’. The network partnership includes 14 top universities and 10 industrial partners from 11 European countries, and covers a wide range of expertise. More information about the MC ITN endure can be found at www.endure-itn.eu.


Application deadline
* March 28, 2014


Additional information, and important URL
http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions
http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/pg-research/how-to-apply/index.html,
http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm

This position is subject to the Marie Curie Fellowships terms and conditions. Candidates applying for this position must (at the time of recruitment) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided. The candidate can be of any nationality and is required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the position. At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date of their employment. More information on Marie Curie Initial Training Networks can be obtained at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/index_en.htm . The salary for this post will be confirmed during the selection process, but will be at least £24,000 per year. In addition to this competitive pay, which will be in line with Marie Curie rules, the researcher will benefit from a mobility allowance and contribution for participating in networking, training and knowledge transfer activities. In order to apply for this post, please do so online at http://www.bath.ac.uk/engineering/graduate-school/pg-research/how-to-apply/index.html, stating under ‘Preferred Supervisor’ that you wish to work with ‘Professor Tim Ibell on ENDURE’. Please also submit a full CV, which should be prepared according to the Europass template: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions . The deadline for applications for this post is 5pm on Friday 28 March 2014. For further information, please address informal enquiries to Professor Tim Ibell (t.j.ibell@bath.ac.uk).


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