Post Doctoral Research Associate in Engineering
Department Of Engineering
Position Type :
Research Grade 7 (£32,548)
This post is full time and fixed term for 10 months.
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 to assess, evaluate and improve the seismic safety of historic urban infrastructure within Kathmandu's World Heritage sites. The post is funded by a British Academy Global Challenges Research Fund grant from its Cities and Infrastructure Program entitled “Reducing Disaster Risk to Life and Livelihoods by Evaluating the Seismic Safety of Kathmandu's Historic Urban Infrastructure”, which is a collaborative project led by Durham University (Departments of Archaeology and Engineering), that involves the Universities of Bradford, Stirling and Newcastle with ICOMOS (Nepal), Trubhuvan University, UNESCO and the Government of Nepal. The project as a whole aims to co-produce and disseminate a methodology to assess, evaluate and improve the seismic safety of historic urban infrastructure within Kathmandu's World Heritage sites, while preserving Kathmandu’s authenticity and traditions.
The focus of this appointment will be to appraise general historic structural and geotechnical practice and the specific conditions at selected test sites through structural/ground surveys, monitoring and geotechnical testing. This information will be synthesised with best practice in seismic retrofitting to produce recommendations for the assessment and remediation of historic structures.
Close collaboration with the other project partners will be essential to assist in a methodology for improving the seismic safety of historic urban infrastructure.
Closes midday on : 27-Nov-2017