Majid Sedighi is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering. He is also the Director of Internationalisation in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. He joined the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 2015, following a period of four years working as a UNESCO Research Fellow at Cardiff University (2011-2015). He is a Civil Engineer with an MSc and PhD in Geotechnical Engineering. He also worked as a Senior Design Engineer in consulting engineers for five years (2002-2007). His expertise and research interest cover areas of geo-energy and geo-environmental engineering with a focus on coupled phenomena and chemically controlled processes in geo-materials.
He completed his PhD on coupled thermal, hydraulic, chemical and mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils at Cardiff University. In his PhD, he advanced the understanding of chemically coupled processes in compacted clays. He has developed reactive transport models under coupled THCM formulations which have been used for studying the behaviour of compacted clay barriers in the context of geological disposal of high level radioactive waste.
As part of his Research Fellowship, he co-managed the scientific developments of several research projects at the Geoenvironmental Research Centre, Cardiff University on i) geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste (SAFE Barriers funded by EPSRC, Rock thermal data analysis and inverse modelling through two projects funded by Posiva Oy and Petrus III programme), ii) geological carbon sequestration, ground source heat, advanced computational modelling and decision support system development as part of a £10M European funded research project on geoenergy problems at Cardiff University. He has supervised more than 10 PhD students since 2011 who have worked on laboratory/field scale experimental and computational research projects.
The current research of Majid and his team spans over areas of geo-materials engineering for environmental applications and technologies for subsurface energy applications.