EPSRC FIBE2 CDT PhD studentship with McAuliffe and Geostream UK: Engineered waste for sustainable and resilient land regeneration

Start date: 1st October 2021

Duration: Four years

Closing date for applications: 30th May 2021

This is a four-year (1+3 MRes/PhD) studentship funded through the Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT). The FIBE2 CDT aims to develop the next generation of infrastructure professionals who can create, shape and deliver the national vision for UK infrastructure, who will be equipped with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skill set to meet the most complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to better infrastructure decision-making in the UK. Further details can be found at: fibe-cdt.eng.cam.ac.uk

The project is funded in collaboration with major UK design and build environmental contractor, McAuliffe Group, and its specialist technical soils and groundwater remediation arm, Geostream UK.

Waste is a significant challenge in major infrastructure projects and the ability to minimise and utilise waste will deliver significant cost savings and added value. Waste streams relevant to infrastructure projects include both mineral (industrial by-products, mineral wastes, EC&D waste) and organic waste (e.g. biomass and plastics). Contaminated land is another challenging and complex waste stream, with government, fiscal and environmental incentives encouraging remediation. A significant number of remediation projects currently involve some aspects of soil stabilisation and/or solidification processing with binder additions, which are also used for ground improvement as well as greening applications. The design criteria applied mean that a wide range of waste streams are suitable for use.

The project will map and prioritise several waste streams and explore their potential in the development of a range of smart, cost-effective and sustainable binders for use in land remediation and regeneration. The project will build on the significant advances made as part of the TSB project SMiRT (Soil Mix Remediation Technology). The project deliverables will contribute to national and global decarbonisation and circular economy strategies as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For general enquiries, please email cdtcivil-courseadmin@eng.cam.ac.uk. For project-specific enquiries please e-mail Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa at aa22@cam.ac.uk.

How to apply

The FIBE2 CDT studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible students. Further details about eligibility and funding can be found at:




To apply for this studentship, candidates must apply through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal. The portal is at:

www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdfib and there is a £70 fee for PhD applications, with ‘Engineering Waste for sustainable and resilient land regeneration’ quoted on the form and Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa identified as the potential supervisor.