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Interested in joining us?

Funded PhD studentships and Post-Doctoral Research Associate positions at the CIT group are advertised in this page typically between October and January each academic year. Please check back frequently during this period if you are interested.

PhD studentships

  • Coming up: Six PhD studentships in “Digital Roads” covering road construction and maintenance using Digital Twins, Data Science, Smart Materials, and Automation & Robotics will be advertised between Q4 2021 and Q1 2022.
  • The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment at the University of Cambridge provides annually funded MRes + PhD Studentships in Civil Engineering. The programme is structured as a one-year MRes + three-year PhD.
  • The Agency for Science, Technology and Research in Singapore (A*STAR) provides annually 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.
  • The PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme of the Islamic Development Bank offers fully funded scholarships to applicants from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries.

Postdoctoral positions

  • The PhD and Post-Doctoral Research Programme of the Islamic Development Bank offers fully funded scholarships to applicants from member countries and Muslim Communities in non-member countries.

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 several 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:

  • Built Environment disciplines: Digital twinning & 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 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 meetings each week to discuss the progress made and potential problems/solutions.

The most important thing is that you must 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 virtual 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 can 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; 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) can also apply to all the scholarships of Cambridge through their application. In general, I also 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.

Latest news

A fully funded PhD studentship is now available

30 April 2021

The project is a fully funded 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Studentship, commencing on 1st October 2021, to investigate methods for generating...

A postdoc opportunity in Construction Information Technology sponsored by the EC H2020 OMICRON

13 April 2021

A 36-month position is being advertised for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering to work on the project titled "OMICRON...