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PhD in `Cracking of concrete due to forces and restrained deformations'

Are you our next PhD and are you eager to contribute to improve the durability and sustainable application of concrete structures in civil works by combining the knowledge of reinforced concrete and data analysis?

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
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38 uur


For sustainment of concrete structures and the durable and sustainable design of concrete structures, a better understanding of the cracking of concrete is of major importance. At the unit Structural Engineering and Design a research will be started to improve the durability and sustainable application of concrete structures in civil workst.

A large part of the Dutch civil works consists of reinforced concrete structures. The cracking that occurs in these, is a crucial factor for the design life for new structures and the remaining lifespan for existing structures. An accurate determination method that correctly predicts the crack formation in new structures and that can (partly) explain crack patterns in existing structures, is therefore extremely important for both the design and maintenance task. However, crack formation in concrete is a complex stochastic process. Dozens of models have been developed for this, but it is insufficiently clear which of these, predicts actual cracking the most accurate. In any case, it's the experience that the method laid down in the present Eurocode 2 is less clear-cut than the method used in the latest Dutch national standard. This especially when the cracking is due to the restrained of imposed deformations and the cracking pattern is not fully developed.

We are looking for a PhD candidate with the capacity to set up a data base with results of crack width experiments and an overview of relevant calculation methods for crack width. After this a data analysis should be performed to select the most accurate models. Finally, one of the models can be revalidated based on knowledge of the behaviour of reinforced and prestressed concrete due to external loads and restrained deformations.

The research will be performed within the chair of Sustainment of Concrete Structure which is part of the unit Structural Engineering and Design. The work will be done in close cooperation with the chairs of Concrete Structures and Applied Mechanics in which a successful and growing group of young researchers is active.


Who can apply? We are looking for:

  • An excellent and highly motivated candidate with a MSc degree in Structural or Civil Engineering;
  • Affinity with both the behaviour of Concrete Structures and Data analysis
  • Strong demonstrable analytical skills
  • An excellent command of the English language, both in speaking and writing
  • A proven ability to write research papers
  • Having working experience at a European research institute or a European university is an advantage.
  • Social skills and good cooperation qualities
  • Interest and the capacity to supervise master students whom will perform related graduation research


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation after one year.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
    Please contact prof.ir. S.N.M.Wijte, s.n.m.wijte[at]tue.nl

    For information about the research group please visit https://www.tue.nl/research-groups/concrete-structures/
    For information about terms of employment, please click here.

    Please visit www.tue.nl/jobs to find out more about working at TU/e!


    We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page. The application should include a:
    • A cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position (max. 2 pages)
    • A curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications (max 2 pages) and the contact information preferably e-mail) of two references with more information about you and your thesis, or last professional work.
    • Copies of relevant BSc and MSc diplomas and grade transcripts.
    • Copy (or a most recent draft version) of your MSc thesis and/or relevant publications.
    • The result of an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL.
    • TOEFL: a minimum score of 21 for each component and a minimum total score of 90 (online test);
    • IELTS (academic level): a minimum score of 6.0 for each component and a minimum band score of 6.5;
    • minimum C score for University of Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or University of Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

    We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.


    The application deadline for this position is October 18, 2020. After this deadline the high potential candidates will be shortlisted. These candidates will be invited for a second selection round. In this second round the candidates are requested to send a small assignment (max. 2-3 pages). After this round the most promising candidates are invited for an interview with a selection committee. After all interviews are conducted, the selection committee will decide who will be offered the trainee position.


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