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PhD Studentship: Risk Management of Railway/Highway Earth Retaining Structures


Location:  UK Other
Closing Date:  Monday 24 April 2023
Reference:  ENG1626

Project description

Retaining walls are important infrastructure assets that are generally overlooked compared to bridges and pavements in terms of asset management practices. Knowledge of actual design life for earth retaining structures is minimal and failures that have occurred to date have happened without warning. This study will develop a data-driven risk assessment program associated with retaining wall systems. 

This project aims to:

  • Conduct a review of reported highway/railway retaining wall management methods and failure case studies
  • Assess the state of practice in retaining wall monitoring and repair
  • Propose an effective monitoring strategy for highway/railway agencies from experimental and analytical results

Application details

The position is available to start in October 2023.

Duration: 3 years

Closing date: open until filled 


Eligible for home and international students.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering 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.

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

Dr Athina Grizi (

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