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ERC-funded PhD position in KU Leuven

The Structural Mechanics Section of the Department of Civil Engineering of KU Leuven invites

applications for an

 

ERC-funded PhD position on the prediction of noise and vibration transmission in buildings

 

The Structural Mechanics Section is performing internationally leading research on noise and

vibrations in the built environment and vibration based structural identification and evaluation,

combining both theoretical and experimental work. A wide range of applications is covered, including

sound insulation, monitoring of vibrations, dynamic system identification, parameter identification

and structural health monitoring. (http://bwk.kuleuven.be/bwm).

 

Research Project

 

An important way of protecting people from noise is by ensuring a sufficient overall sound insulation

in buildings. However, this is a complex problem since multiple transmission paths are important,

uncertainties can have a large effect, acoustic performance requirements often conflict with

structural and thermal requirements, and accurate vibro-acoustic modelling with currently available

numerical prediction tools requires a huge computational effort. An efficient yet sufficiently accurate

prediction framework for the acoustic design of building systems is therefore needed, taking all

relevant uncertainties into account and opening up the way for model-based optimization. For the

development of this framework, a prestigious Starting Grant has been awarded by the European

Research Council (ERC).

 

This PhD forms a vital part of the ERC project. The aim of the PhD is to develop an efficient yet

sufficiently accurate numerical method for predicting the transmission of vibrations across realistic,

complex junctions between building elements. This type of transmission very often limits the overall

sound insulation performance of a building system. The targeted development will involve the

exploration and hybridization of advanced methods and modelling concepts in elastodynamics,

including finite element and boundary element techniques and modern statistical energy analysis.

Since the robustness of the method will be a crucial aspect, its development will also involve

quantifying the combined effect of all uncertain parameters in a logically consistent and

computationally efficient way. Based on these numerical and statistical developments, robust

structural junction types of high performance will be designed, implemented and tested.

 

Profile

The successful applicant is soon to obtain or has obtained a MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil or

Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with good to excellent grades. A solid background

and demonstrable interest in structural mechanics and finite element modelling are essential. He or

she will show good communication skills, good programming skills, proficiency in English, and a

strong motivation towards completing a PhD within four years.

Offer

We offer a collaborative and internationally oriented research environment at one of the leading

engineering faculties worldwide as well as a PhD scholarship of about 1900 euro per month (net

income, the exact amount depends on family siutation). The successful candidate will be encouraged

to present his or her research at international conferences and he or she can benefit from our strong

international research network. Besides the main research activities, the successful candidate will

also act as a teaching assistant for one or more courses related to structural mechanics. Depending

on background, he or she may need to pass a pre-doctoral test (e.g. selected courses and

presentation of research plan) prior to being allowed to the PhD program. The Civil Engineering

Department is located centrally in Europe in a scenic setting, next to the Arenberg Castle at the

outskirts of Leuven. The position is available from 1 August 2017 onwards.

 

Application

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through the link to the online application tool

available at https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54131632 no later than May 22, 2017.

Applications should include a brief motivation letter (max ½ page), a full cv, a complete transcript of

records, a copy of the MSc thesis (if available) and the most recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (if

available). For more information please contact Prof. Edwin Reynders (tel.: +32 16 32 16 77, email:

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