PhD (Doctoral Candidate) - Computational Engineering

School/Institution:University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette

Discipline: Computational Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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PhD (Doctoral Candidate) in Computational Mechanics

The University of Luxembourg is a multilingual, international research university.

The University of Luxembourg (UL) invites applications for the following position:

PhD (Doctoral Candidate) in Computational Mechanics

Ref: F1-110049a

Student and employee status

Enrolment in the Doctoral Programme Data and Computational Sciences

In addition to performing original research in the area of predictive modelling of multifield problems (e.g. functional materials in solid and structural mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, aeroelasticity, phase transitions, multi-phase and multi-component flows) and associated specialised computational methods and automated solution frameworks – within the research team led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Zilian (Computational Engineering / FSTC) – the PhD candidate will be trained in the Doctoral Programme Data and Computational Sciences.

Your Role

  • Manage and drive forward your research project
  • Attend doctoral school courses, trainings and events
  • Disseminate your results at conferences and seminars
  • Author scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Engage in the acquisition of research funding
  • Contribute to teaching, supervision of student projects

Your Profile

  • Master’s degree in Computational Mechanics, Computational Physics
  • Profound knowledge of Continuum Mechanics / Materials Science and Finite Element Methods
  • Familiar with Python programming, TeX-based documentation and associated software environments;
  • Experience with the FEniCS framework is an asset
  • Good English language skills (minimum certified B2 level, C1 level is a plus)
  • Willingness to work in a multilingual and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

We offer

  • A dynamic and well-equipped research environment
  • Intensive training in scientific and transferable skills, participation in schools, conferences and workshops
  • Personal work space at the University of Luxembourg

Further Information

Application submission: Before proceeding with the submission of your application, please prepare the following documents.

  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  • Motivation letter (maximum two pages) detailing how you meet the selection criteria
  • Research statement (maximum two pages) outlining your scientifc interests and describing your specific PhD research perspectives
  • Publication list (if any) and PDFs of those publications
  • Master’s thesis (final or draft, if draft, then state the expected submission date)
  • Full contact details of two persons willing to act as referees
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English, French or German translation
  • All documents should be uploaded in PDF format via the UL online submission system. Early submission is strongly encouraged; applications will be processed upon arrival. Please note that incomplete applications as well as applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Selection process: Candidates will be shortlisted based on the criteria detailed above. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview and/or interviewed by phone.

Research work in Luxembourg: Please see the Foreign Researcher’s Guide to Luxembourg for more information on research employment in Luxembourg and the procedures that apply.

The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer.

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