High speed rail lines, at ever-increasing speeds and distances, are in development in the UK and worldwide. Significant cost reductions may be achievable if the initial costs of construction, the duration of construction and the land-take could all be reduced. The EPSRC LOCORPS project aims to develop and test two novel embankments that have the potential of reducing all three of these cost factors provided their stability is provable. Therefore, a programme of physical modelling is to be carried out using the University of Dundee geotechnical centrifuge and the Heriot-Watt track-testing facility in order to prove the performance of these embankments in a range of conditions, and hence develop suitable design guidance.
This requires a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to join the University of Dundee Geotechnical Group as a centrifuge modeller. Based in the Department of Civil Engineering, you will be responsible for carrying out the centrifuge modelling work towards achieving the goals of the project. You will also need to undertake some development of existing equipment in order to produce the requisite loading regimes, and will liaise with the track-testing team at Heriot Watt. The provisional start date is 1 February 2016.