Inelastic performance of steel-timber hybrid building systems

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic individuals to undertake cutting edge research on the structural performance of innovative steel-timber building systems.

Start date
3 January 2022
36 months
Application deadline
Funding source
University of Surrey
Funding information

The studentship is fully funded by the University of Surrey. Tuition fees and stipend are available for Home students. Excellent international students are encouraged to apply, and full funding can be obtained depending on the quality of the application.


Steel-timber hybrid systems can benefit from the synergetic behaviour of two materials combined, providing significant reductions in embodied carbon compared to conventional systems, and have the potential of being reused at the end of life by adopting a design for disassembly strategy. Application of such systems on a large scale is limited due to a lack of specific design guidance both at limit states and under extreme loading, particularly for resisting disproportionate collapse.

This project addresses the multi-scale modelling and testing of steel-timber hybrid systems under static and dynamic loading, with an overarching goal of providing specific structural design recommendations and guidance for reuse at the end of life.

Applications are invited from talented and enthusiastic candidates that have a keen interest in numerical modelling and experimental testing, as well as awareness of wider sustainability standards in construction.

This is a 36 months project, supervised by Dr Dan Bompa and Dr Juan Sagaseta commencing in January 2022.

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

The successful applicant will use state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities across the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and interact with external collaborators. They will be proactive, keen to work in an international environment, and have full commitment to the principles of equity diversity and inclusion.

The University of Surrey is a short walk from Guildford town centre, adjacent to the Surrey Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, and 40 minutes by train from central London.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in civil/structural engineering (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good masters degree (distinction or merit).

Full details on country-specific entry requirements can be found on the Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD page.

English language requirements: Normally, IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab.

You will need to clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application, as well as:

  1. Two-page curriculum vitae (including qualifications, possible research output and two references).
  2. Two-page supporting statement, outlining how your academic record and interests match the project description.

Application deadline

Contact details

Dan Bompa
25 AA 02
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683390

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