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  

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 
        * Content terms of employment and selection  procedure: Jef Vanvoorden, 
011-26 80 80, 
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:


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