Organisation/Company: The Slovak University of Technology
Research Field: Engineering Other Physics
Researcher Profile: First Stage Researcher (R1)
Application Deadline: 27/09/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
Location: Slovakia › Bratislava
Type Of Contract: To be defined
Job Status: Full-time
Hours Per Week: 37,5
Eu Research Framework Programme: H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Reference Number: 14857/2022
Marie Curie Grant Agreement Number: 101072598
This PhD focuses on the exploration of bio-materials for heat storage and
thermal comfort applications in buildings, while fitting in the framework of
the ACTAREBUILD EU - DN - project.
Innovative solutions are needed for storing thermal energy in periods of
abundance, and releasing it when and where needed. Phase change materials
(PCMs) are promising candidate materials to address this need. However, many
challenges remain concerning their practical implementation, cost and
sustainability. One possibility is to implement PCMs as thermal buffer
materials in walls to dampen temperature and heat flux fluctuations outdoors,
thus keeping the indoor temperature within a comfortable range and saving
energy consuming measures (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). PCMs
may be incorporated in bricks, mortar, concrete, and other building components
in the form of capsules (warm PCMs are liquid) integrated in a matrix, or
the PCM filled matrix should be made leak proof. Sustainable PCM-matrix
composites must satisfy both thermal requirements and all requirements related
to functionalities as building components (e.g. long term mechanical
This research will consist in developing and screening material combinations
with optimized effective heat (buffering) capacity, stability across
multiple thermal cycles, non-toxicity, encapsulation and structural integrity
of PCM-matrix composites, suitable for integration in building applications.
Special attention will be given to PCMs originating from bio-waste and nature
renewable sources. In addition, supercooling PCMs will be investigated for
possibilities for controlled release of stored latent heat. All solutions will
be screened by a life cycle assessment.
This interdisciplinary research is hosted by the Department of Materials
Engineering and Physics at STU Bratislava (headed by Prof. Igor Medved) in
close collaboration with and exchange visits to the Laboratory of Acoustics in
the Soft Matter and Biophysics Unit of the Department of Physics and Astronomy
(Prof. Christ Glorieux) at KU Leuven. For producing materials, facilities
and guidance will be available at the two universities, and samples and know-
how will also be exchanged with industrial partners of the ACTAREBUILD project
A remuneration package in line with Marie Sklodowska Curie Doctoral
Network regulations, which is competitive with industry standards in
Belgium, a country with a high quality of life and excellent health care
The researcher allowances granted by Europe will cover all (employer's
and employee's) taxes and contributions; the exact (net) salary will be
confirmed upon appointment.
An opportunity to pursue a PhD in Science, in a stimulating and ambitious
research environment, with 3 years funding within the ACTAREBUILD ITN
An opportunity to work within a challenging European research project with
leading industry players across Europe.
A stay in a vibrant environment in the heart of Europe. The university is
located in Bratislava, a city of approximately 450,000 inhabitants. Being
the capital of Slovakia, it has many museums, theatres, galleries and
other cultural institutions, sport facilities and stadiums, several
universities, and business and financial institutions headquarters. It is
located close to Vienna (80 km) and Budapest (200 km). The Slovak
University of Technology in Bratislava strives to be an internationally
recognized and important, research-oriented technical university that
continues a legacy of the Mining Academy in Banská Štiavnica founded in
This PhD will be performed in STU Bratislava (Slovakia), in
collaboration with KU Leuven (Belgium) and the candidate will be awarded
by a joint PhD degree.
If you recognize yourself in the story below, then you have the profile that
fits the project and the research group.
I have a master degree in civil engineering or materials science
engineering or physics.
I am proficient in written and spoken English.
I do not yet have a PhD.
During my courses or prior professional activities, I have gathered
experience with thermal science, material science, performing experiments,
numerical simulations and mathematical modelling and I have a profound
interest in these topics.
As PhD researcher I perform research in a structured and scientifically
sound manner. I read technical papers, understand the nuances between
different theories and implement and improve methodologies myself.
I work goal-oriented and have a getting-things-done attitude, always with
In frequent reporting, varying between weekly to monthly, I show the
results that I have obtained and I give a well-founded interpretation of
those results. I iterate on my work and my approach based on the feedback
of my supervisors which steer the direction of my research.
I feel comfortable working as a team member and I am eager to share my
results to inspire my colleagues and be inspired by them.
I value being part of a project that aims at finding sustainable solutions
in the domain of building applications and I am eager to learn how
academic research can be linked to industrial innovation roadmaps.
During my PhD I want to grow towards following up the project that I am
involved in and representing the research group on project meetings or
conferences. I see these events as an occasion to disseminate my work to
an audience of international experts and research colleagues, and to learn
about the larger context of my research and the research project.
During the past 3 years I have not resided, studied or worked in Slovakia
for more than 12 months.
For more information, please contact us email@example.com by e-mail and
mention ACTAREBUILD and REF nr. DC4 PCM in the subject title.
Applications in English should be submitted online and include:
Curriculum Vitae (including your contact address, work experience,
publications, as well as all other academic achievements)
Cover letter explaining your motivation
Transcript of all courses and grades for your Bachelor and Master program
A short description of your master's work (max 1 page)
Your consent with processing your personal information by STU (under
You can apply for this job no later than 27/09/2022 and email all the required
documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website for additional job details
https: // actarebuild.eu/?pageid=166
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
Other: Master Degree or equivalent
Organisation/Company: The Slovak University of Technology
Department: The Faculty of Civil Engineering - The department of
materials engineering and physics
Organisation Type: Higher Education Institute
Website: https: // www. svf.stuba.sk/en/kmif.html?pageid=3336
Postal Code: 81005
Street: Radlinského 11