A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the EPSRC project WindAfrica. Outstanding applicants are sought to carry out high-quality research ultimately aiming to provide design guidelines for the foundations of wind turbines in unsaturated soils. The post is funded by a major EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund grant (EP/P029434/1) entitled "Performance-based design of foundations of wind turbines in Africa (WindAfrica)". The project is in collaboration with Durham University, University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), University of Khartoum (Sudan) and several industrial partners.
The research project focuses on the foundation systems of wind turbines on unsaturated soils; the ultimate goal is to make available to the engineering community an efficient and effective tool that can be used for design and analysis of wind turbine foundations in unsaturated soils. The main focus of this advertised post is to plan and perform field testing on the dynamic response of pile foundations in unsaturated soil; the field tests will be conducted in the town of Alfao, Sudan, approximately 300km (South East) from the capital Khartoum. Close collaboration with the other project partners will be essential for formulating a set of design guidelines for wind turbine foundations on unsaturated expansive soils. The field testing will be complemented with numerical modelling, centrifuge modelling and laboratory testing carried out by the different academic partners. For detailed information about the Key Responsibilities of the post and the Person's Profile please refer to Further Information Sheet HR7.
The post holder will be primarily located in Central Cambridge, UK. However, please note that the post holder is required to travel to Sudan, and spend significant time on site at AlFao town, to organise and supervise the field testing.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 30 months in the first instance.
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