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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in Civil Engineering - Determining anomalies in cast in-situ structures during concrete hydration process (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the Department of Engineering, to work on the EU funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "FINESSE". The aim of the project is to develop an anomaly-detection system based on detailed understanding of heat transfer as well as strain development and distribution within cast in-situ structures (diaphragm walls/piles) during the concrete hydration process using fibre optic sensors. In addition, theoretical analyses/numerical simulations will be conducted to develop a reliable interpretation tool.

The post holder will be located in the Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties are:

(1) Development of an experimental programme (2D and 3D) to study the heat transfer and strain development within model concrete piles/diaphragm walls

(2) Development of an instrumentation scheme, based on optical fibre sensing technology, data acquisition, data interpretation and analyses

(3) Development of a theoretical/numerical model to gain a better understanding of anomaly size and location detection and hence a reliable interpretation tool

(4) Attend secondments with industrial and academic partners

(5) Attend the FINESSE programme training schools organised by the FINESSE consortium in Belgium, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom

(6) Presentation of the details of the research work as required

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are:

  • Masters/undergraduate engineering degree in Civil Engineering (or any relevant discipline)
  • Strong background in experimental work, instrumentation, data acquisition and data interpretation
  • Strong background in theoretical analyses and/or numerical modelling - particularly in relation to concrete hydration and/or heat transfer problems
  • Experience in fibre optic sensing technology is beneficial

Please note that Marie Curie Research posts carry strict eligibility rules. Please refer to the HR7 for more details.

Salary: €44895.96 + Allowances (GBP converted equivalent).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents, which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, contact Dr Mohammed Elshafie (Email:, Tel: 0044 1223 332780). For questions about the application process, contact Jan Wojktecki (Email:

Please quote reference NM11592 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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