PhD on safety and sustainability in bio-based composites' structural design

Eindhoven University of Technology
May 26, 2024
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PhD on safety and sustainability in bio-based composites' structural design

Are you interested in sustainable structural design to reduce the CO2 footprint of buildings? Are you passionate about bio-based composite material systems and want to enhance their use in architecture? Then you may be an excellent candidate for this PhD position.



Irène Curie Fellowship



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The increasing demand for new buildings and infrastructure is one of society's most critical environmental challenges since a large amount of waste, pollution, and gas emissions are produced. In the last decade, bio-based composite materials have shown the potential to develop sustainable building systems for architecture. However, a significant challenge is the scarcity of comprehensive data regarding their performance and characteristics. This lack often leads to difficulties in assessing safety, prompting the application of overly conservative safety factors and unnecessary material usage, which also detriments their sustainability level. Moreover, the intricate relationship between safety and sustainability is frequently underestimated or disregarded in current practices.

In this position, you will research and develop a comprehensive design framework that integrates safety assessment and sustainability considerations for bio-based composite materials, addressing the current challenges and gaps in understanding their performance and characteristics. The main key objectives and challenges of this PhD position would include:

  • Explore bio-based fiber-polymer composite materials as a promising avenue for sustainableconstruction.
  • Address the scarcity of comprehensive data regarding the performance and characteristics of bio-based composite materials.
  • Develop a comprehensive design framework to assess safety in the structural design of bio-basedcomposite material systems.
  • Integrate sustainability considerations seamlessly into the structural design process to optimizebuilding performance and minimize environmental impact.
  • The position is embedded in the newly formed chair of Sustainable Structural Design of the Unit Structural Engineering and Design at the Department of the Built Environment.

    Job requirements
  • A master's degree (or an equivalent university degree) in architecture or structural engineering.
  • A strong interest in sustainable structural design, bio-based material systems, and circularity.
  • In-depth knowledge of parametric design and other relevant software programs (e.g., finite elementmethod). Experience with computational design and digital fabrication is preferred.
  • A research-oriented attitude. Proficiency in research methodologies and data analysis.
  • 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)= IELTS: 7.0 score or TOEFL: 90 score.
  • 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. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • 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.

    Curious to hear more about what it's like as a PhD candidate at TU/e? Please view the video. Information

    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact the hiring manager Marta Gil Pérez, Assistant Professor, [email protected] or +31 40 247 2915.

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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.
  • An IELTS/TOEFL test proofing the required level.
  • 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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