PhD Position: Advancing Computational Mechanics through Machine Learning

University of Twente
July 10, 2024
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Machine learning is revolutionizing computational mechanics, enhancing the solution of complex mechanical problems through artificial intelligence. This approach leverages advanced algorithms to improve traditional numerical methods, offering innovative solutions for various mechanical engineering challenges.

Research Area and Project description:

A PhD position is available for a research project at the intersection of computational mechanics, nonlinear solid mechanics, artificial neural networks (ANNs), and forming process modelling. The project aims to integrate ANNs with the finite element method (FEM) to develop an advanced hybrid sub- structuring technique.

The primary objective is to use ANNs to enhance FEM performance in nonlinear mechanics through dimension reduction and efficient computation, while maintaining accuracy. This research will focus on developing a hybrid sub- structuring approach with intelligent macro-elements, offering a versatile framework for various scenarios.

Key areas of investigation include optimizing ANNs integration with FEM, addressing existing constraints, and exploring applications in simulating forming processes. A notable example includes models with strong local-global interactions, requiring fine mesh resolutions in areas with local elastic deformations (e.g., forming tools) and nonlinear phenomena like frictional contact (e.g., tool-workpiece).

The Challenge:

Designing and training ANNs to enhance FEM requires a deep understanding of both machine learning and computational mechanics. The integration process is complex, demanding fundamental knowledge of finite element formulation, advanced programming and modelling skills.

Your profile

The ideal candidate for this PhD position will possess the following qualifications:

  • MSc degree in Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Data Science, or a related field with excellent grades.
  • Special interest in numerical modelling techniques (especially FEM).
  • Knowledge of nonlinear solid mechanics, computational methods and machine learning.
  • Strong programming skills.
  • High degree of responsibility and independence.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English (IELTS minimum score 6.5 or TOEFL-iBT minimum score 90).
  • Our offer

    We provide a dynamic and inclusive environment where teamwork and collaboration are highly valued. Throughout the project, you will have ample opportunity to enhance your skills and expertise through continuous learning and development. In this role, you will engage in fundamental research with significant potential for industrial applications, making meaningful contributions to both academic and industry advancements.

    Our offer includes:

  • Excellent working conditions in an exciting scientific environment, and a green and lively campus.
  • A full-time 4-year PhD position.
  • Excellent mentorship and facilities.
  • A professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente.
  • A starting salary of € 2770,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 3539,- gross per month in the fourth year.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment.
  • Full status as an employee at the University of Twente, including pension and health care benefits.
  • The intended start date is before the end of 2024.

    Information and application

    Please submit your application before July 10th , using the “Apply now” button, and include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of motivation.
  • Grades of the BSc and MSc courses.
  • IELTS or TOEFL score.
  • Contact information of 2 references.
  • For more information you can contact:

  • Prof. Ton van den Boogaard, head of the chair Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, phone: +31 (0)53 489 4785, e-mail: [email protected] or
  • Dr. Antonella Cometa, phone: +31 (0)53 489 7647, e-mail: [email protected].
  • First (online) interviews will be held on July 22nd and 23rd. An assignment will be part of the selection procedure.

    About the organisation

    The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

    Want to know more Boogaard, A.H. van den (Ton)

    Vice-dean Research, Faculty Engineering Technology; Professor Nonlinear Solid Mechanics

    Boogaard, A.H. van den (Ton)

    Vice-dean Research, Faculty Engineering Technology; Professor Nonlinear Solid Mechanics

    Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Ton for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.



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    Apply. When you see a vacancy that appeals to you, you can apply online. We ask you to upload a CV and motivation letter and/or list of publications. You will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail.

    Step 2

    Selection. The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

    Step 3

    1st interview. The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

    Step 4

    2nd interview. In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

    Step 5

    The offer. If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer. If applicable, we will sign you up for screening.

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  • Cometa, A. (Antonella)
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  • Dijkstra - van der Veen, T.J. (Tjerkje)
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