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Job Description

Within the Civil Engineering Department, the Coastal & Geotechnical Engineering Research Group at KU Leuven, Campus Bruges, Faculty of Engineering Technology is currently seeking to recruit a highly enthusiastic and motivated person to pursue full-time doctoral studies in the field of Dynamic Soil-Structure-Interaction. The Group focuses on the interaction between water, soil and structures, with application in hard and soft sea defenses, offshore energy and (deep) foundations.

Project

This project will focus on producing reference solutions and pertinent codes for a range of Soil-Structure-Interaction (SSI) problems in Geotechnical Engineering. The main aim is to develop innovative models to predict the dynamic response of geotechnical structures which populate the agenda of a geotechnical engineer such as piles, caissons, retaining walls. Beyond the merit of deriving elegant, insightful, and novel solutions this research targets to further generate user-friendly, well documented codes which will be verified or/and validated by means of rigorous solutions or/and experimental results.  

Profile

The applicant is soon to obtain or has obtained an MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or a closely related field. Next to this, the applicant must have a solid background and keen interest in geotechnical engineering, dynamics, analytical and numerical modelling,strong communication, programming, and problem solving skills, is proficient in English (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificates C1/C2), is a team player, has the ability to meet the admission requirements of the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School, the potential to apply for scholarships and the motivation to successfully complete a full time PhD program within four (4) years. Besides the main research activities,the successful candidate will also serve as a teaching assistant for one or more courses related to civil/geotechnical engineering and co-supervise masters theses. The successful candidate is expected to take up the position as soon as possible and no later than 1 October 2020.  

Offer

 We offer a collaborative and internationally oriented research environment at one of the leading universities in the world (top 100 university worldwide). Founded in 1425, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for almost six centuries and today,it is Belgium’s highest-ranked university as well as one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. KU Leuven offers a truly international experience, high-quality education, world-class research, and cutting-edge innovation (tops four years in a row Reuters ranking of Europe's most innovative universities). A fully funded PhD scholarship of approximately 2,000 euro per month (net income, depending on experience and marital status) is provided. The successful candidate will be encouraged to present their research at international conferences and national events and can benefit from our strong international research and industrial network, ideally spending time abroad. Our new campus is located in Bruges, a magnificent medieval city in West Flanders,which among the most visited tourist destinations in Europe is also in the proximity of a network of engineering companies.

Interested?   

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Georgios Anogiatis (known as George Anoyatis)  phone: +32 50 66 49 78, E-mail: george.anoyatis@kuleuven.be as the leader of the broader mentorship and supervising committee within KU Leuven consisting of Prof. dr. ir. Stijn Francois and Prof. dr. ir. Geert Degrande.

You can apply for this job no later than May 14, 2020 via the online application tool.

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