3 funded #PhDs available in water and climate impacts engineering @nclceser @TyndallCentre #ibuild

Three fully funded PhD studentships, led by academics from CESER, are available in topics that address water and climate engineering:

1. Vulnerability of shallow groundwater and surface water resources used for irrigation in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to climate variability and change.
2. Will catchment scale afforestation for mitigating flooding significantly reduce water resource availability and productive farmland?
3. Attribution of climate risks in urban areas for the design of adaptation pathways.

Each Doctoral Training Award is for £20,000 per annum. This award is sufficient to cover home(UK)/EU fees and a contribution to an annual stipend (living expenses).  Applications from outside the EU are welcome but must note the stipend will be reduced according to the difference in tuition fees. Applications will be considered as they are received, until 18th August 2014 or sooner if the awards are made before this date.  Applicants must be able to start the PhD in September.

More information can be found via the links above, or at the CESER PhD webpage.

Funded #ibuild #PhD – Securing Private Sector Investment in Public Infrastructure: An International Comparative Analysis

Reference Code: GPS11

Closing Date: 5th February 2014

Name of the Supervisors

Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)

Dr Oliver Heidrich, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEGS)

Dr Jane Gibbon, Newcastle University Business School (NUBS)


Duration of the Award
Three years

Project Description
Financing public infrastructure renewal and development presents acute problems for governments internationally in the context of changing demands for infrastructure services, shifting models of valuation, climate change, energy resource shortages, innovative technologies and growing interdependencies between infrastructural systems. Such concerns have been accentuated following the global financial crisis, economic downturn and recession, state austerity and fiscal consolidation and the expected role of infrastructure as a generator of economic recovery as well as financial savings. The research aims to better understand and explain the models, valuation, roles and processes of private sector investment in public infrastructure in an international comparative context.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU RCUK rate and an annual stipend of £13,726 for up to three and a half years. Applicants must meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria.

Person Specification
To apply you must have:

  • achieved or be undertaking an MA/MSc programme in a relevant area
  • knowledge and experience of public and private sector finance, investment institutions, economic development and regeneration policy and institutions, and public infrastructure funding
  • commitment and knowledge of working on a multi-disciplinary research project and quantitative and qualitative methodologies and analyses
  • commitment and willingness to undertake a PhD studentship research project and work collaboratively within the iBUILD research centre.

How to Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form selecting ‘PhD School of Geography, Politics and Sociology – Geography’ as the programme of study. Please insert the code GPS11 in the studentship/partnership reference field. Please also include reference CURDS-iBUILD2014 in the research proposal field.

A CV and cover letter, quoting the studentship code GPS11 and reference number CURDS-iBUILD2014 should also be sent to: Professor Andy Pike, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), e-mail: andy.pike@ncl.ac.uk.

Further Information
For further details, please contact:
Professor Andy Pike
Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)
E-mail: andy.pike@ncl.ac.uk

Outstanding #sustainability #PhD scholarships available

Applications are open for three generous PhD scholarships through the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability.  The PhD topic can be anything that fits within the institute’s broad research programme.

Applicant’s should visit here to download the relevant application forms:


and speak to an appropriate Newcastle University academic to devise a project.  A number of indicative PhD topics have been placed on the web by CESER academics.

Research job #iBUILD and #CESER #infrastructure #systems modeller

iBUILD (Infrastructure BUsiness models, valuation and Innovation for Local Delivery) is a major EPSRC and ESRC funded research programme to improve the delivery of infrastructure systems and their services they provide.  iBUILD focuses on urban infrastructure where interdependencies between infrastructures, economies and society are most profound.

You will join the iBUILD team and develop and demonstrate new approaches to modelling the technical and market risks and opportunities associated with the interdependence of modern infrastructure systems.  For more details please visit:


or contact iBUILD Director: Professor Richard Dawson (richard.dawson@newcastle.ac.uk) or iBUILD Centre Manager Dr. Claire Walsh (claire.walsh@newcastle.ac.uk) directly


Advertising for a new “Research Impact computing officer” #jobs #newcastle #python #postgis #webdeveloper

Find the full job description and apply at: http://tinyurl.com/okwe545

Based at Newcastle University in the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, you will use your advanced computer programming and web skills to develop new and innovative approaches to making cutting-edge Civil Engineering, Geomatics and Geoscience research accessible to non-academic audiences and supporting the School’s research communication strategy more generally.

You may come from any technical background, but will have extensive knowledge of programming (ideally, this would include Python, Django, PostGIS, JQuery) and web development. You will also have experience of interface development and visualisation of data. In addition to having a strong technical background, you will have good interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt your skills to a range of applications. You will be ambitious and have an interest in communicating research findings to non-academics.

Duration: 2 years in the first instance, extension subject to success of activities.

For informal inquiries please contact richard.dawson@ncl.ac.uk or ian.head@ncl.ac.uk

Find the full job description and apply at: http://tinyurl.com/okwe545

Funded PhD in CESER available

PhD in Earth Systems Engineering: Sustainable cities, infrastructure and catchments

Earth Systems Engineering addresses the analysis, design, engineering and management of coupled human, environmental and engineered systems. It relates to how engineering decisions can take better account of long term changes (e.g. in the climate, land use and human behaviour), societal interactions (e.g. between the built environment, transport demand and greenhouse gas emissions) and other uncertainties.

The Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) at Newcastle University, U.K. is seeking an outstanding candidate for a funded PhD student position in its Earth Systems Engineering programme.

Our programme brings together work on (i) natural hazards and environmental change, (ii) field monitoring and geomatics, (iii) informatics and systems modelling, (iv) decision-support tools and methods. We invite applications in the topics above, in areas related to our catchment; sustainable cities or infrastructure systems programme.

Indicative PhD topics and more information on our programme can be found: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ceser/phds/

Application details here:

Funding Notes:
This award is available to the candidates who meet the ESPRC eligibility criteria. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stripend of £13,590 (2013-14).