This is a chance to be part of one of the largest graduate schools in the UK, in a rapidly expanding research group, and to provide some crucial new information for industry - as well as develop the understanding of submarine sediment density flows.
National Oceanography Centre Southampton (NOCS) is advertising for a PhD student to investigate how turbidity currents interact with the seafloor and oil and gas pipelines. Turbidity currents pose a credible threat to offshore infrastructure but due to the difficulties in obtain direct measurements in the deep sea, understanding their character is a major scientific challenge.
Full details on the project can be found at: http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs/
Applications for PhD projects should be via http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs/how-
A numerate candidate is sought from disiplines such as Civil Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics.The project will combine novel experimental techniques (electrical resistivity tomography), sediment core analysis and geotechnical testing to assess scour potential and provide direct input to existing numerical hazard models. This will provide key information for quantification of impact stresses exerted on seafloor structures.
In addition to the individual training provided at NOCS each CDT student will undertake a 20-week high quality training package, with each student benefiting from a rich cross-consortium teaching experience (see http://www.pet.hw.ac.uk/
The multidisciplinary approach leads to training over a wide range of methods and techniques, including soil mechanical principles required to understand and interpret geotechnical test results, geological datasets from the present-day ocean floor, sedimentological field work, and experimental modelling. This broad approach gives the doctoral candidate a solid base for a further career in either academia or industry.
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