Research Associate - Electrical Property Measurements

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
17 May 2018
End of advertisement period
16 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.

The School enjoys facilities consistent with its location in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. The School is well equipped in respect of laboratories for materials, structures, engineering, building services and hydraulics research and teaching. Our research and teaching facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Dubai Academic City and Putrajaya, respectively.


The School’s undergraduate teaching on our Edinburgh campus covers civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying, geography, urban studies, interior design and the biology suite. On our Dubai campus we teach civil & structural engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction management, quantity surveying and interior design. On our Malaysia campus we teach civil engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying and petroleum engineering. We offer a high quality educational experience underpinned by practical and laboratory teaching, and informed by contact with professional practice. Most of our degree programmes hold the appropriate accreditation from the relevant professional body. This educational philosophy ensures excellent employment prospects for all of our graduates.

Programmes of postgraduate study are aligned to the expertise contained in each of our research institutes. Our postgraduate students therefore benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen study area. You can find further information about the School’s postgraduate programmes at https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/po...


The School is one of the leading research centres in the UK. It has sustained a high reputation for the international standing of its research over two decades.

Research within the School is organised into six Institutes: https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/re...

Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)

The Urban Institute (TUI)

Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE)

Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)

Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design (CESBD)

Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)

All academic staff based on the Edinburgh and Dubai campuses contributes to the research activities of one of our Institutes.

These Institutes support a wide range of research activities of relevance to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society. Institute staff undertake research funded by research councils, charitable foundations, local and national government. Research outcomes are published in leading international and national journals and key findings are widely disseminated through other media and forms of output.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) undertakes advanced research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics such as climate change, sustainable development, infrastructure deterioration, and security as well as specialist themes such as water management, high-speed railways, systems, sustainability and society, construction materials and geo-mechanics, and structures.

The Civil Engineering Material Research Group (CEMRG) within the IIE comprises academics with experience in the development and application of electrical property measurements for monitoring and characterisation of civil engineering materials for the 21st century, focussing primarily on hydraulic cementitious and soil/particulate systems. Work has focused, in the main, on application to concrete durability and performance. Work has been initiated exploiting the potential of multi-functional cementitious materials for making our future infrastructure more resilient, sustainable and intelligent. Such work has involved the development of highly damage tolerant cementitious composite utilising by-products produced by the UK industries, structural and non-structural applications of novel cementitious composite, and the development of smart cementitious composite with built-in damage detection and self-repairing systems, with the application of advanced structural health monitoring also forming part of the work.

Further information about the broad range of exciting and innovative research ongoing at IIE can be obtained at:http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/res...

The CEMRG will be in collaboration with a Norwegian-based company ReStone AS in developing a cement product that will improve the outcome of well cementing where the wells may in the future encounter CO2 weathering in the next 10 000 years, as required by the EU legislation, forming the basis of the RePlugReady consortium project. The outcomes of this project would form the next step of the development of the patent pending well cement product RePlug.

In the project, the CEMRG will develop a protocol for testing bonding between cement mixtures, and sandstone and steel casings to establish the bond strength of the material under simulated working conditions, under both direct tensile and shear forces. Work will also focus on the fresh and hardened key engineering properties of RePlug, the hydration process and microstructural development using electrical property measurements from initial gauging, setting, curing and long-term hardening.

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

Liaise with key suppliers

Undertake experimental investigations to establish bond properties with steel and sandstone under direct tensile and shear tests

Undertake relevant industry standard tests to develop a comprehensive database about the fresh and hardened properties of the material during curing and long-term hardening and under varying environmental conditions

Prepare technical reports and articles

Attend meetings with project partners

Collaborate with existing PhD researchers and involve in graduate student projects in a relevant topic

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.


A PhD in Civil Engineering

Experience - Essential

Experience in the area of electrical property measurement techniques and their application to cement-based systems

Experience in testing the performance of steel reinforced cement-based systems in chloride rich environment and associated corrosion processes

Knowledge of early hydration of Portland cement and Portland cement blended with supplementary cementitious materials

Proven ability in the operation of frequency response analyser (particularly Solartron 1260), benchtop LCR meter and MUX

Experience in the operation of Instron testing machine and viscometer

Experience in the operation of remote interrogation system

A developing track record of publications

Competencies, Skills and Knowledge

Excellent laboratory skills

Good team player with good interpersonal skills


Good knowledge of standard test specifications used by the Petroleum industry

Knowledge of technology used in carbon capture and storage

Experience of software and hardware installation and maintenance

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 19 June 2018

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Benny Suryanto at B.Suryanto@hw.ac.uk

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