PhD Studentship in Digital Building Services Engineering

University College London

United Kingdom


Vacancy Information
UCL Bartlett: PhD studentship in Digital Building Services Engineering with Skanska Facilities Services Ltd and Modus Services Ltd based at Ministry of Defence Main Building London. (UK Passport holders only may apply).

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship (4 years) to research a topic related to the Digital Building Services Engineering work of the UCL Bartlett School of Construction & Project Management within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. This will be in the general area of digital facilities management, asset management, PFI management, artificial intelligence, costing and modelling tools relating to operational improvements at MoD Main Building and other similar environments. The UCL project team will provide guidance on the exact topic providing that an applicant can demonstrate original thinking and motivation to research in this subject area. The student will be supervised jointly by Professor Michael Pitt (UCL), and a member of the Skanska FS and/or Modus Services Ltd asset management team (industrial supervisor).

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment at UCL, University College London, is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s leading research centres in the built environment.

The studentship will be based at the Ministry of Defence Main Building in London and will involve some day to day routine work to acquire essential industrial skills and knowledge. The studentship will be subject to regular performance review upon which continued funding will depend. The successful candidate will hold a first degree (minimum 2-1) in a built environment, finance, computing, engineering or an appropriate business related field as well as a relevant masters level degree.

It is a requirement of this position that the researcher is able to obtain and hold standard security clearance. Applications are therefore limited to UK Passport holders who have resided in the UK for a minimum of 5 years.


Research Topic
The Research Student will be involved in assisting the Modus Services Ltd and Skanska teams with the development of some aspect of the management of the MoD Main Building PFI contract. The key research areas will be in digital services engineering in facilities management, advice to operations and the development of digital systems enabling more effective use of the built assets.

The student will be required to develop and submit a research proposal to the School as part of the application process and to commence the project in early 2019. It is a condition of the award that the student is able to satisfy UCL of the suitability/rigour of both the researcher (the student) and the project.

The studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of around £19,000 per annum.

To apply, please write to Prof Michael Pitt at the address below with a covering letter and a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses). The covering letter should outline your interest in researching the suggested topic.

The closing date for applications is 30th August 2019. Interviews will be held in September 2019. The project will commence as early as possible in 2019. Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to

Professor Michael Pitt
The Bartlett School of Construction Project Management
University College London
1/19 Torrington Place

Contact Name: Tristan Cardwell
Contact Details:

In your application, please refer to