PhD Scholarship in Ireland 2023

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD scholarship in Ireland 2023 in Geotechnical Engineering. The position starting date is Jan 2023. The successful candidate is expected to apply experimental and numerical approaches to advance our understanding of the hydro-mechanical behaviour of biopolymer-treated soils including soil-water retention behaviour, hydraulic conductivity, undrained shear strength.

Dublin Ireland PhD Scholarship in School of Civil Engineering 2023

The candidate will adopt non-destructive imaging techniques, i.e., X-ray computed tomography, advanced soil water potential devices, and numerical simulation methods such as discrete element method.

Hydro-Mechanical Behaviour of Biopolymer-Treated Soils

Research project: The PhD position involves laboratory testing and numerical simulations on biopolymer-treated soils with enhanced erosion resistance, water retention, and vegetation etc. This soil improvement approach has a lower carbon footprint thus is more eco-friendly than chemical stabilizations with cement, lime, and fly ash. Field studies demonstrate the feasibility and potential of biopolymer applications in slope surface protection in various soil types, including organic peat covering 17% of Ireland. The viscoelastic gel-like biopolymers change soil properties primarily through particle binding, pore-filling, and pore-clogging.


Dr Budi Zhao, Dr Mike Long (Co-supervisor)


University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Applicant Requirements

We seek a highly enthusiastic PhD candidate who can independently plan and conduct the research project. Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in geotechnical engineering, civil engineering or other relevant fields such as mechanical engineering or physics. Excellent written, oral communication skills and a high level of competence in the English language are essential (See UCD’s policy on minimum English language requirements here).

Stipend & fees:

The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €18,000 per annum and the fully funded tuition fees for EU/non-EU applicants. The position is funded for four years – subject to satisfactory progress.

Application procedure:

Applicants should submit their CV, transcript, and recommendation letters from two referees as a single pdf document to

Application deadline:

The last date for submission of application is 21st October 2022.

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