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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Geotechnical Engineering


Grade 7: £32,817 - £40.322 p.a.

Closing date

Jul 23, 2021 12:00PM



We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral research assistant in geotechnical engineering to join the Department of Engineering Science in central Oxford. The post is funded by Ørsted and the EPSRC Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub. It is fixed-term for two years, starting from 1 August 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The research activities focus on new design methods for the foundations of offshore renewable energy structures. You will be responsible for theoretical and numerical aspects of design, with an emphasis on cyclic loading of offshore wind turbine monopiles. The work will also explore application of design principles more widely to the anchoring of offshore renewable energy structures.  


You should hold (or be near to completion of) a PhD/DPhil in geotechnical engineering, along with experience in numerical methods and/or constitutive modelling and/or finite element analysis. You should have excellent mathematical skills, a strong understanding of mechanics and an ability to undertake scientific programming. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and an ability to work both independently and as an effective member of a team. 


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor Byron Byrne (email:


Only online applications received before midday on 23rd July 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology. 

Additional actions

Renewables, Offshore, Geotechnical, Wind, Theoretical

Contact name

Professor Byron Byrne

Contact email