Research Masters (MEngSc) in Engineering Geology / Geotechnical Engineering at UCD


Project title: Development of a tool kit for imaging shallow karst

Supervision team: Mike Long (UCD) and Peter OíConnor (APEX Geoservices)

Project advisors: Volker Rath (DIAS) and Nicola Piana Agostinetti (DIAS)

Project description: This project focuses on the investigation of infilled shallow karst features with a particular emphasis on their influence on civil engineering projects. Although such conditions exist in several places in Ireland the project will concentrate on two contrasting settings namely the East Galway / South Mayo area and on the Munster Valleys. A literature review / evaluation of existing published and unpublished data will be carried out to (i) understand the nature and distribution of the problem, (ii) identify what sort and shape of feature is significant in terms of an engineering structure and (iii) what is achievable with a geophysical survey. Some forward modelling of synthetic ground profiles will be carried out to inform the latter point. At least two sites, where the conditions are well known, will be chosen and a comprehensive series of geophysical surveys will be carried out. These could include GPR, resistivity, microgravity, seismic refraction, surface waves and electromagnetics. Ultimately the project seeks to deepen an understanding of the mechanisms at play and appropriate investigation methods for shallow infilled karst features. It will also assist in developing a risk matrix to help characterise the risk of developing such sites.

Position Description: This two-year full-time Masterís by research (MEngSc) position is funded through the new Geohazard and Geotechnical Engineering spoke of Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG). The successful candidate will be registered at University College Dublin, starting no later than 2nd January 2018. The Masterís stipend is Ä18,500 per annum, with a contribution to EU fees of Ä5,500 per annum. The candidate will also be required to contribute up to 150 hours per annum demonstrating undergraduate laboratory classes and / or tutorials.

Candidate Experience: The candidate should have a minimum 2.1 in an honours Bachelorís degree in Engineering Geology, Geology, Geophysics or Civil Engineering, or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. Some experience in ground investigation and geophysical methods for civil engineering works would be an advantage.

Application: Please e-mail a CV (max. 2 pages) and a cover letter outlining your experience and motivation to Assoc. Prof. Mike Long (mike.long@ucd.ie) by 17:00 on Friday 27th October 2017.

posted: 28 September 2017 ††††Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.