Research Fellow, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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22 Jul 2020
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21 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is looking for a Research Fellow.

The Research Fellow will work on a project to conduct research on design and testing of smart connectors for Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) units. The roles of this position include:

  • Reviewing the current designs of steel and concrete connectors of PPVC units.
  • Re-engineering of connector designs to incorporate deformation/displacement sensor and to include communication capability.
  • In-situ lab testing of designed smart connectors under emulated service loads and measurement of deformation/displacement.
  • Finite element modelling and analysis of smart connectors using commercial software such as ANSYS, ABAQUS etc for verifying structural integrity.
  • Testing of designed smart connectors at the site and development of metrics for standardization.
  • Write project reports and scientific research papers for publication, attend and present the research outcomes in relevant meetings/conferences.


  • Re-engineer PPVC connector design to incorporate deformation/displacement sensors
  • Lab and site tests on developed smart connectors
  • Conduct numerical simulation on smart connectors
  • Develop metrics for standardization of PPVC connectors
  • Write reports and scientific research papers for publication


  • PhD degree in Civil Engineering or related field
  • Knowledge of Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction and assembly is highly preferred
  • Knowledge of structural design, mechanics and finite element analysis is desired
  • Expertise in sensing, data acquisition and interpretation
  • Publication track record is an advantage
  • Proficiency in English

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