Mechanical characterization and engineering design of seismic-resistant earthen structures
Posted on 01.03.2023
Earthen structures (i.e. structures using soil as a construction material) possess many of the necessary characteristics for a green and circular construction industry. Nevertheless, construction of new earthen structures is in decline worldwide mostly because earth is not considered a robust and safe construction material.
The objective of this PhD thesis is to investigate and exploit the mechanical characteristics of soil in order to build seismic-resistant earthen structures. This will be achieved with a combination of experimental work for the mechanical characterization and the development of numerical tools for the design and structural analysis of earthen structures.Your Profile
You have a Master's Degree in civil or structural engineering. A strong background in structural mechanics is required. Knowledge in soil mechanics and earthquake engineering is of advantage but not mandatory. Good programming skills are necessary. You are proficient in spoken and written English.We offer
We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary. The EPFL offers an outstanding international ecosystem full of training and development opportunities. The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE). More information on PhD studies at EPFL can be found here.Application Procedure
If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter, CV, contact details of three referees and all university records as a single pdf-file to [email protected] The position is open until filled. Starting date at the latest September 2023.
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