International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
PhD Studentship: In Biological Self-…

PhD Studentship: In Biological Self-healing for Sustainable Building and Smart Heritage Conservation (NUAcT)

Organizing institution(s): Newcastle University
Location of fellowship: Newcastle upon Tyne
Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,285. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards: 1

Start date and duration: 28th September 2020 for 3 years.


We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in the world’s first Hub for Biotechnology in the Build Environment. We are looking for a highly motivated and talented Researcher to join the team for Sustainable Building and Smart Heritage Conservation and take a leading role in the innovative field of biological self-healing by exploring the potential of traditional and advanced masonry materials to be responsive to the environment and self-heal via biomineralisation.

This exciting research will develop novel technologies based on biological mechanisms that can provide masonry structures with an inbuilt durable immune system. The project aims to (i) promote the adaptation and reuse of existing properties and heritage buildings as an alternative to new construction, (ii) develop smart technologies for reducing the maintenance operations of new and existing structures, offering radical solutions that align with the international targets for sustainable development.

This three-year studentship will offer a unique opportunity to join the vibrant and multi-disciplinary Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment (HBBE) and the Geotechnics and Structures Research Group at the School of Engineering. The project will be supervised across Architecture, Civil Engineering and Biological Sciences.


Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowship (NUAcT), HBBE

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr. Magdalini Theodoridou, Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment, School of Engineering.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

A 2.1 degree in Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Architecture or subjects related to construction materials and biotechnology applications in the built environment.
Experience in construction materials and/or bio-inspired applications.
Masters level qualification in Engineering, Materials Science, Conservation Science, Biotechnology or a related field.

The studentship is open on a full-time basis. This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

Newcastle is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.
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