Monday, 6 January 2014

NEW PhD Opportunity: Fully Funded Studentship in the Structural Conservation of a Tudor Warship

Application deadline: ASAP

Start date: February 2014

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship to undertake research in the area of Structural Monitoring, Modelling and Materials Science of the Mary Rose Hull structure during the environmentally controlled drying phase of its conservation.

Funding - Courtesy of The Mary Rose Trust
University tuition fees at home/EU level will be fully covered and a tax-free bursary of £13,726 per year will be provided for the three-year duration. Home/EU applicants are eligible for full funding.

Project description
The successful applicant will join the Structural Engineering research group in the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying at Portsmouth University.

The objectives of the proposed research are to:

• Study and understand local movement in The Mary Rose timbers due to shrinkage and
• Monitor and interpret global movement of the timbers and their reliance on existing and
  any additional supporting structures, cradle and barge.
• Investigate additional structural monitoring methodologies and propose/optimise suitable
  future structural support mechanisms for The Mary Rose.

The applicant is also expected to actively participate in the publication of journal and
conference papers.

Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a Masters degree or First (or Upper Second) Class Honours degree in Engineering, Physics or Material Science.

Further information
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact the academic
supervisor Dr David Begg.

How to apply
Applications (preferably by email) should consist of a letter of application explaining your reasons for applying for the position and your initial thoughts on the research area, a detailed CV (including expected or actual degree class), together with the names and contact details of two academic referees who can be contacted prior to interview.

These should be sent to Dr David Begg by email:, or by post to Dr David Begg, School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portsmouth, PO1 3AH.

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