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Prospective Researchers

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PhD studentships

  • One Ph.D. Studentship is available to start on 1 Oct 2017 for suitably qualified candidates to conduct research leading to the award of a Ph.D. Degree in Engineering. The studentship topic is the automation of as-is geometric railway Building Information Models (BIM). The research will be supervised by Dr Ioannis Brilakis and conducted at the Construction Information Technology laboratory. The studentship is partially funded by Bentley Systems (U.K.) LTD. For more information please email Dr. Brilakis (ib340@cam.ac.uk).
  • The Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (A*STAR) provides fully-funded scholarships for Singaporean and ASEAN students in science, technology and engineering at top research universities around the world. The University of Cambridge is proud to partner with A*STAR to offer PhD research opportunities to an elite group of A*STAR Scholars. For more information please visit http://www.a-star.admin.cam.ac.uk/

 


Information for Prospective Researchers 
By the laboratory director

This information is addressed to prospective graduate students who would like to join the CIT group. Please read it carefully before submitting your application and verify that it fits your needs. I accept into the CIT group every year a number of prospective graduate student researchers and post docs based on the lab's current projects and funding availability. Candidates are advised to apply as early as possible, to meet the deadlines for scholarships at the University of Cambridge (see below). You must start by taking a careful look at the information provided in this website, particularly the research tab, and possibly read 1-2 of our papers to gain a better understanding of the research focus of the group. Candidates are expected to have a basic understanding and significant interest in at least one of the relevant civil, electrical or information engineering disciplines commensurate with their level of studies. This includes the following:

  • Civil Engineering: Building information modelling; information technologies for construction, structural or transportation engineering and management; and intelligent automation of construction and inspection/monitoring tasks.
  • Electrical/Information Engineering: basic programming skills in functional and/or object oriented languages, preferably in C#, C++, Visual Basic, or Java; signal/image processing; computer vision; robotics.

It is understood that the actual knowledge may vary on a case by case basis, and students are not expected to be familiar with all of the above. It is for this reason that most incoming student researchers are expected to refresh and enhance their knowledge on these subjects by taking extra courses/modules and self-study in their first year with the CIT group. Hence, you are not required to know everything, but you must have at least basic knowledge of some of these subjects. You should also be willing to pick up some additional knowledge or refresh existing ones when you start here.

I expect you to be able to work with a large degree of independence (with proper supervision, of course), and to solve all small problems on your own. Normally, we organize group meetings each week to discuss the progress made and potential problems/solutions.

The most important thing is that you have to be really interested in your research area. Hence, I want to stress that your first task is to study all the relevant information on this website and, if necessary, contact me for more information. When working with enthusiasm, results can be achieved much faster than when just doing work to graduate. I expect that you have a certain degree of enthusiasm and that you are interested more in learning than in simply getting a degree.

I normally invite every promising applicant for a phone interview. The purpose of the interview is to make sure that you have appropriate knowledge and skills, a piece of enthusiasm, and that you are ready to attack a complex problem with a reasonable probability of success. It is very important that you have a proper background so you are able to finish your work on time and to avoid any disappointment.

If you wish to do your graduate studies under my supervision, you should have a good grade average especially on related courses and competitive test scores. If this is the case, please apply to the Department of Engineering's graduate program at the University of Cambridge (http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/); choose either the MPhil in Engineering, or the PhD (Probationary) in Engineering option, and indicate me as your potential supervisor. When you do so, please send me an email indicating your application confirmation when you receive it). Keep in mind that only complete applications will reach me and receive full evaluation. Due to a large number of applications, I will contact only competitive applicants. Students should contact GraduateAdmissions@admin.cam.ac.uk to check the status and completeness of their application file and for any non-scientific questions, such as English requirements, questions on certain application parts, and the applications online system.

Funding is available on a case by case basis to outstanding students (i.e. that satisfied the above criteria). Students who apply early (i.e. in October/November) also have the opportunity to apply to all of the scholarships of Cambridge through their application. In general, I encourage you to apply to the myriad of independent scholarship opportunities that you are eligible for at the local, national and international level. Many research students apply to Cambridge with scholarships from their countries, non-profit organizations or the private sector. When your application reaches me, I will also evaluate it for funding under one of the group's sponsored research projects.