PhD Studentship: Characterisation of Pile Driving Induced Ground Motions

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Nottingham, SCOTLAND
Deadline: 16 Dec 2022

Closing Date
Friday, 16th December 2022

Application details

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

Duration: 3 years

Closing date: open until filled 

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
  • Supplement the existing data with experimental testing to be conducted at the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics’ centrifuge
  • 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 Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master degree in these areas would be advantageous. 

Due to funding restrictions this position is only available for Home candidates. International students may be considered but should contact Dr Athina Grizi before applying to discuss.


This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at £16,062 p.a. tax free for 22/23) awarded to the suitable candidate. 

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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