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EPSRC iCASE Studentship - Digital Twins for Infrastructure

One PhD studentship supported by EPSRC and Costain is available to work in the area of digital twins for infrastructure. According to the core principles set out by the UK Digital Framework Task Group, the national digital twin will be a federated set of digital twins. Digital twins that represent systems, networks, and cities etc., will be developed by building a 'connection' to and between lower-scale twins. At each scale, the digital twins will have a purpose that is defined at that level- e.g., an asset digital twin will aim at optimising asset performance, whereas a city digital twin will aim at optimising the city's economic and social objectives.

This research will define the data framework and models that are necessary to define the links between higher-level objectives (e.g., network/city/national level) to the lower-scale digital twins (e.g., asset/system) and the data collected by them. This research will be underpinned by the current body of knowledge in different domains - smart cities, Internet of Things, Building Information Modelling, etc.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in Engineering or Physical Sciences. Some experience of digital applications in the infrastructure sector would be an advantage. In addition, applicants will be expected to have a strong aptitude for working with industrial partners and policy makers.

This studentship can cover UK University fees and a maintenance allowance.

EPSRC ICASE studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for UK students or provide fees only for EU students from outside the UK, subject to eligibility requirements. Further details about eligibility can be found at:

To apply for this studentship, please send your two page CV to Dr Ajith Parlikad (

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £65 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: The final deadline for PhD applications is 30 June 2020, although it is advisable to apply earlier than this.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.