PhD Studentship: Characterization of Pile Driving Induced Ground Motions University of Nottingham, Department of Engineering United Kingdom

PhD Studentship: Characterization of Pile Driving Induced Ground Motions


Closing Date
Monday, 31st December 2018



Project description

Pile installation is a complicated, energy intensive process where codes and regulatory standards provide some guidance, but little is understood about coupling and transmission of pile driving energy into and through the ground in the form of vibrations. These vibrations can cause direct structural damage and damage due to settlement of granular soils.


This project aims to:

  • Validate a Finite Element code based on ground vibration monitoring data from full-scale and reduced-scale pile driving tests
  • Characterize the pile driving vibration environment
  • Develop a formula predicting the energy dissipation into the ground


Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master degree in these areas would be advantageous. 


If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.


Students with experience or a willingness to learn software such as MATLAB, Plaxis and Abaqus are encouraged to apply.


Due to funding restrictions this position is only available for UK or EU candidates. 



Eligible for Home / EU candidates. This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at £14,777p.a. tax free for 2018-19) awarded to the suitable candidate. 


Application details

The position is available to start in December, February, April or June (subject to date of application)


Duration: 3 years

Closing date: open until filled 


How to apply

Informal contact can be sent to Dr Athina Grizi ( before submitting an online application. Please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV with your up to date relevant experience. 


Online application can be made via Please quote the studentship reference and Dr Athina Grizi. 


When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship.


Contact details

Name: Dr Athina Grizi


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