Post Doctoral Research Associate in Engineering & Computing Sciences

Durham (GB)
01 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
24 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Post Doctoral Research Associate
Durham University
School Engineering & Computing Sciences
Grade 7 (32,004 - £33,943) 

This post is full time, fixed term until the end of April 2020.

Outstanding applicants are sought for the post of Research Associate, to be employed by the Department of Engineering at Durham University, who will carry out high-quality research, involving field monitoring and numerical modelling, in South Africa in association with University of Pretoria. The post is funded by a major EPSRC Global Challenge Research Fund grant (EP/P029671/1) entitled “Sustainability and Resilience of Transportation Infrastructure in African Countries”, which is a collaborative project led by Durham University, that involves Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana), University of Pretoria (South Africa) and Nyaoro & Associates (Tanzania). The project as a whole will investigate (i) the use of sustainable (locally occurring) construction materials in road construction and (ii) the impacts of climate change on transportation infrastructure.

The focus of this appointment will be to study climate change impacts on a railway line under investigation In South Africa and the wider implications for other African Countries. This will involve the following tasks:

1.\tDevelop a series of climate scenarios to represent current and future weather patterns for the three countries (Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania). 
2.\tPerform field monitoring of suction and water content of the railway infrastructure from Limpopo and Mpumalanga to Richards Bay port. 
3.\tValidate a thermo-mechanical numerical model by replicating the field observations. 
4.\tApply the climate scenarios in the numerical analyses to assess the likely future effects of climate change.
Close collaboration with the other project partners will be essential for developing a complete picture of climate responses on road and rail construction projects, bringing together data from different climatic zones in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania.

Closes midday on :  24-Aug-2017