PhD on Building Simulation for R&D of Adaptive Facades

Eindhoven University of Technology
January 22, 2023
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PhD on Building Simulation for R&D of Adaptive Facades

Will you join us in our pursuit to achieve breakthrough developments in adaptive building envelope technologies that combine outstanding indoor comfort with low environmental impact? We look for an aspiring PhD candidate to advance the use of building performance simulation to achieve that goal.



Irène Curie Fellowship



Built Environment

Graduate Program(s)

Architecture, Building and Planning



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Job description

A promising pathway for the decarbonization of the building stock is the application of adaptive façade technologies that act in response to dynamic weather conditions and occupants' needs. In this project, we will collaborate with industry partners to harness the latest developments in automation and advanced sustainable materials, to test and implement novel building skin solutions. In particular, the project will focus on the potential of dynamic thermal insulation and smart radiation management to minimize building energy demand without compromising indoor environmental quality.

You will play an active role in this process by providing insights about building performance (e.g. thermal comfort and energy efficiency) to the R&D team. The project will develop novel algorithms to implement adaptive façade technologies in building performance simulation software, and will use these to evaluate the performance of various design concepts, while simultaneously also optimizing operational control strategies of such systems. Through the combination of sensitivity analysis and uncertainty propagation techniques, the intention is to provide rich decision-support and ease the adoption of such innovative technologies in practice.

Your research will be embedded in the Building Performance group at the Department of the Built Environment. In the project, you will collaborate with a consortium of companies and research institutes across Europe.

Job requirements
  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in Architectural Engineering, Building Science, Building, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. is essential.
  • A research-oriented attitude with Interest in physical processes (heat, air and moisture transfer) in the built environment, sustainable energy technologies, and indoor environmental quality.
  • Demonstrable experience in computational building performance simulation (e.g. EnergyPlus, Trnsys, IDA ICE), scripting and data analysis (e.g. using Python, Matlab or R).
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and interested in collaborating with industrial partners.
  • Motivated to develop your teaching skills and coach students.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English (C1 level).
  • Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. € 2.541,- max. € 3.247,-).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    About us

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager Roel Loonen, Assistant Professor, or +31 40 247 2571.

    Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Scott Jacops, HR Advisor, or +31 40 247 3161.

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    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the apply button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of three references.
  • We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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