University of Luxembourg

Doctoral candidate (PhD-Student) in Engineering Sciences (M/F)

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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

The University of Luxembourg is looking for its Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) in the Department of Engineering (DoE) a:

Doctoral candidate (PhD-Student) in Engineering Sciences (M/F) concerning the project New Methods for Bridge Damage Assessment

The successful applicant will work on an FNR-FNRS funded project “New Methods for Bridge Damage Assessment (D-DAB)”, as part of a Belgian-Luxembourgish team. The doctoral student will benefit from doctoral Program in Engineering Sciences, offered by the Doctoral School for Science and Engineering (DSSE), which aims to provide interdisciplinary and internationally competitive research training.

Bridges are doubtlessly an important backbone of Europe’s transport infrastructure. Many bridges were built in the boom years after World War II as reinforced concrete structures and are now suffering from corrosion, wear and ever-increasing traffic loading. Dramatic breakdowns are documented and even widely discussed in public press. Hence, there is evidently an issue with inspection and safety on one hand and with preventive maintenance and cost on the other hand. We are working for many years in close cooperation with “Administration des Ponts & Chaussées Luxembourg” and with “Université de Liège” in this domain. Today we focus on model-updating techniques, i.e. we adapt more or less automatically a special sliced finite element model to match well with static and dynamic measurements. Those characteristics can be dynamic modal parameters, static deflection lines under known test load or sagging lines from dead load. The measurements are taken from real bridges and then temperature compensated for the sake of using as input data for model-updating.

Your Role

  • Be curious and interested in this topic
  • Cooperate with mentioned partners in Luxembourg & Belgium
  • Disseminate your results in scientific publications/ conferences
  • Obtain a PhD in engineering science
  • Limited teaching activity

Your Profile

  • Master-degree in civil or mechanical engineering or in physics
  • Very good study results
  • Knowledge in finite element method, modal analysis, software ANSYS and MATLAB is an asset
  • Languages: German, English and ideally also Luxembourgish, French

Further Information

Applications (Motivation letter including CV, copies of relevant diplomas including grading) to be sent online.

Applications are to be received no later than April 19, 2020. The University of Luxembourg is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be considered confidentially.

For more information please contact Stefan Maas (Tel: +352 46 66 44 5222, or check the website: URL:

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