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Studentship at National Museums Scotland

From: Helene Telford <h.telford<-a>
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008
Deterioration and conservation of historic concrete structures
The National Museum of Flight military airfield at East Fortune

Professor Christopher Hall / Dr Andrea Hamilton
(University of Edinburgh)

Dr Jim Tate (National Museums Scotland)

A fully funded three-year PhD research studentship is available from
October 2008, to work on a project to be undertaken with the
National Museums Scotland. The studentship will be held in the newly
established Joint Laboratory for Conservation Materials Science
(University of Edinburgh / National Museums Scotland).

The research project

This fully funded three year studentship has been awarded through
the new AHRC/EPSRC Science and Heritage Programme. It provides an
exceptional opportunity to carry out conservation research on a site
of national importance. East Fortune is regarded as the best
preserved and most complete airfield in the UK, dating from the
early twentieth century. Our aims are to describe and analyse the
deterioration of the building fabric at the National Museum of
Flight, East Fortune, to undertake scientific and engineering
analysis of materials and construction, and to provide a sound
technical basis for conservation practice in the future. Of
particular interest, is the relation between the state of the
buildings and the immediate micro-environment. The project is an
opportunity to become expert in the conservation of historic
concrete structures, a topic of increasing world-wide interest.

Who should apply: Candidates should have, or be able to develop, a
strong interest in conservation science, materials and building
construction, together with an aptitude for numerical and analytical
modelling. A first or upper second honours degree, or equivalent, in
a physical science or engineering is the most appropriate academic
qualification, but candidates coming from other subject areas will
be considered. The successful applicant will register for a PhD
degree in the School of Engineering and Electronics at the
University of Edinburgh. Further information about postgraduate
study at the University of Edinburgh can be found in the
Postgraduate Prospectus at:


Fees and a stipend will be paid at the standard Research Council
rate, which includes: tuition fees (currently UKP3,667) and a
tax-free stipend (UKP12,600 in the first year, with annual
increases) for three years. Candidates must be resident in the UK
and must satisfy the eligibility requirements for UK Research
Council studentships: see


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Interested applicants should send their CV, or make informal
enquiries, to:

    Professor Christopher Hall
    +44 131 650 5679
    christopher.hall<-a t->ed< . >ac< . >uk

To apply, please send a CV by the end of May 2008 to
christopher.hall<-a t->ed< . >ac< . >uk

The National Museum of Scotland is currently undergoing a UKP46
million transformation. For more information visit:


Helene Telford
Human Resources Manager
National Museums Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
+44 131 247 4223
Fax: +44 131 247 4314

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