PhD position: Research into residual load-bearing capacity of timber foundations
Most historical structures in the western part of the Netherlands are founded on timber piles. With an age of up to 500 years, an assessment of their …
- Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
- Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
- Uren per week:
- 38 - 38 uur
- € 2325 - € 2972 per maand
Most historical structures in the western part of the Netherlands are founded on timber piles. With an age of up to 500 years, an assessment of their structural performance is becoming increasingly important. Both mechanical and material degradation, as well is increasing loads on the piles may be the reason for such an assessment.
In this PhD project, funded by the capital of the Netherlands, Amsterdam, an integral model for the calculation of the residual load-carrying capacity of timber piles will be developed, in close cooperation with foundation engineering experts and the city of Amsterdam. A combination of theoretical modelling and experimental work on both new and old piles should lead to a comprehensive understanding of the degradation processes. The ultimate goal of the project is the integration of a timber reliability model with existing foundation calculation methods which can be used by practicing engineers.
We are looking for a candidate with a background in structural engineering or material science to develop further our existing models for timber service life. Programming skills (pref. Python) and a hands-on mentality with regard to experimental work and foundation test sites are required. The working language is English. Because of the close cooperation with the city of Amsterdam and other communities, the PhD student should be prepared to acquire basic knowledge of the Dutch language.
TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an offical go/no-go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2325 per month in the first year to € 2972 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.
We offer a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.
For information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof. Dr. ir. Van de Kuilen, Section Biobased Structures and Materials, email: J.W.G.vandeKuilen@tudelft.nl, tel: +31152789435, or, Drs. W.F. Gard, email: email@example.com.
For information about the selection procedure, please contact Drs. W.F.Gard, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, please send a detailed CV, along with a short letter of motivation, your graduate transcipts, proof of English language skills and an abstract of your MSc thesis, compiled into a single pdf file named 'CiTG20.36_YourLastname.pdf by May 31, 2020 to email@example.com. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number CiTG20.36. Please note that applications will not be processed if all documents required are not compiled into a single pdf document.
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