In the context of the ‘Associatie Universiteit-Hogescholen Limburg’ of Hasselt University, the following position (m/f) is available:
Phd – studentship in the department of Sciences (2x2 years) (mandate AUHL/2009/002) Job description This project is a collaboration between the Construction engineering department of the XIOS Hogeschool Limburg and the department of architecture of the Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg. The objective of this research project is to develop a three dimensional model for masonry. This model must be capable of predicting the behaviour of masonry subjected to new loading conditions, both mechanical as well as thermal. The model is time dependent in order to take the changing of strength and stiffness as a function of time into account. Consequently, the current state of the material parameters can be introduced (e.g. degradation of strength and stiffness due to environmental reasons). Damage accumulation is also taken into account. This enables the possibility to introduce initial damage. Apart from mechanical loading, also thermal effects are taken into account. The objective is to model the additional loading due to changing thermal parameters. Diploma Applicants should have or expect to obtain a Licentiate/Master’s degree in a relevant discipline such as the above, or they are expected to have a degree equivalent to Lic./Masters. Research experience would be advantageous (e.g. by M.Sc. dissertation). Applicants should have sufficient knowledge of Dutch and/or English. Further information * Content job responsibilities: dr. ir. Kurt De Proft, tel. 0473-90 28 49, kurt.depr...@xios.be * Content terms of employment and selection procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 011-26 80 80, jef.vanvoor...@uhasselt.be Application Applicants must use the official application forms * which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03 * or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format. The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Friday, February 20th 2009. Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: j...@uhasselt.be.