Doctoral researcher (PhD student) in Civil Engineering bij University of Luxembourg

About the University
The University of Luxembourg aspires to be one of Europe’s most highly regarded universities with a distinctly international and interdisciplinary character. It fosters the cross-fertilisation of research and teaching, is relevant to its country, is known worldwide for its research and teaching in targeted areas, and is establishing itself as an innovative model for contemporary European Higher Education.
The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Life Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.
Integrated structural health monitoring model for demountable and reusable elements in a design for deconstruction approach using BIM (SHM4REUSE).
The successful applicant will be integrated in the research group LSS, a research group which currently counts six doctoral students and two PostDocs. The doctoral student will be a member of the Doctoral School for Science and Engineering (DSSE) offering a Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering Sciences aiming to provide interdisciplinary and internationally competitive research training.
Your Role
This PhD position takes a key role within the project Integrated structural health monitoring model for demountable and reusable elements in a design for deconstruction approach using Building Information Modelling (SHM4REUSE), jointly funded by the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) and Compagnie De Construction Luxembourgeoise (CDCL) under the FNR-BRIDGES scheme. The ultimate goal of the SHM4REUSE is to facilitate a more sustainable construction industry by providing a scientifically-backed methodology to effectively identify and re-employ reusable components extracted from deconstructed buildings.
In the context of the foreseen research project, the successful candidate deals with the development of a novel condition assessment model of structural components in a building, which can be used to promote the reuse of them based on time-dependent analysis in the framework of a circular economy. The different influencing parameters on the material degradation have to be investigated. Experimental works in the laboratory have to be planned and executed to support the research plan. Advanced numerical models with nonlinear material laws have to be developed within the framework in order to enable reliable representation of the nonlinear behavior, material degradation and the corresponding formation of damage.
Your Mission
  • Research on condition assessment of demountable and reusable structures using time-dependent reliability analysis
  • Disseminate results through scientific publications and talks at conferences
  • Obtain a PhD in Engineering Science
  • Limited teaching activity of 1h per week

Your Profile
  • Master-degree in Civil Engineering
  • Profound knowledge in Structural Engineering
  • Language: English
  • Willingness to inscribe as PhD-student at the University of Luxembourg

In Short
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month - extendable up to 48 months if required
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Employee and student status
  • Foreseen starting date: July 2021
  • Job Reference: UOL03977

Further Information
Applications should be submitted online and include:
  • Motivation letter including CV, PDF of MSc graduation project, copies of diplomas including full list of marks).

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. Please apply ONLINE formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.
The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.
Here’s what awaits you at the University
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. WiFi on campus. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for societyand industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

Further information
For more information please contact professor D. Waldmann (Tel: +352 46 66 44 5279, )

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