Development of model reduction framework of multi-physical acoustics VAMOR DC1

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Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Jun 2024

24 Apr 2024
Job Information

KU Leuven
Research Field

Engineering » Mechanical engineering
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

7 Jun 2024 - 00:00 (UTC)
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Job Status

Hours Per Week

38 hours/week
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Offer Description

This doctoral project is part of a larger, multidisciplinary and international project VAMOR: “Vibro-Acoustic Model Order Reduction” (GA 101119903) funded under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Networks within the Horizon Europe Programme of the European Commission.

VAMOR contributes to a more sustainable and quieter future for Europe. Noise pollution has arisen as one of the key factors towards the degradation of the quality of life in European societies. In that context, efficient physics-based sound modelling is a key enabler towards not only optimized and sustainable acoustic profiles through efficient design procedures, but also affordable so-called digital twins that monitor product performance in real time. To this end, the overarching goal of VAMOR is to provide high level scientific and transferable skills training on a new generation of efficient vibro-acoustic modelling techniques, so-called model order reduction (MOR) strategies, to a group of high achieving, competent doctoral candidates to promote a quieter and more sustainable environment. VAMOR brings together a remarkable consortium, which combines research leading academic institutions - KU Leuven, Technische Universitaet Munchen (TUM), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (KTH), Universite du Mans, Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers (CNAM) - with a constantly innovating, wide variety of industrial partners working on software, material, testing, design and sound enhancement (Siemens Industry Software NV, Müller BBM, Trèves, Phononic Vibes, Saint-Gobain Ecophon, Tyréns, Purifi ApS).


Doctoral Candidate 1 (DC1) within VAMOR will develop a scalable and generic framework for the deployment of MOR within vibro-acoustic problems. Specifically, the recruited DC will start by evaluating and enhancing the scalability of existing vibro-acoustic physics-based MOR techniques (within e.g. FEM, BEM) and data-based MOR techniques. Then, the DC will define a framework for the flexible interchange of those and will exploit the best performing techniques with respect to efficiency, memory usage, code intrusiveness, heuristically defined parameters, number of inputs and outputs to develop a technique for the efficient solution of strongly coupled vibro-acoustic problems. Further, enhancing modelling possibilities the DC will develop techniques that enable the reduction of additional multi-physical models, such as lumped parameter modelling and flexible multibody systems, aiming the efficient modelling of e.g. the acoustic emission of moving parts of a wind turbine model. The DC will explore MOR strategies involving Krylov subspaces, POD and reduced basis method, Gaussian Processes, autoencoders. 

Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Additional Information

·         The possibility to study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities worldwide.

·         You will receive a monthly gross salary of 3400€ multiplied with the country specific coefficient of Belgium (1.0). The net income will result after the deduction of income tax, social contributions, and other permitted deductions that need to be considered. In addition to the net salary you will receive a mobility allowance of 600€.

·         An opportunity to pursue a joint PhD in Mechanical Engineering both from KU Leuven and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), typically a 4 year trajectory, in a stimulating and ambitious research environment. 

·         The place of employment is Leuven, Belgium. In the context of the joint degree, you will spend in total 12 months in TUM. An additional 2 month secondment is included in Siemens Industry Software (SISW) which is located in Leuven.

·         Ample occasions to develop yourself in a scientific and/or an industrial direction. Besides opportunities offered by the research group, further doctoral training for PhD candidates is provided in the framework of the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School ( ), known for its strong focus on both future scientists and scientifically trained professionals who will valorise their doctoral expertise and competences in a non-academic context. More information on the training opportunities can be found on the following link: . 

·         EU Researcher allowances will be used to cover both the employee's as the employer's mandatory charges.

Eligibility criteria

If you recognize yourself in the story below, then you have the profile that fits the project and the research group:

·         I have a master degree in engineering, physics or mathematics and performed above average in comparison to my peers. I am not in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of recruitment.

·         I am proficient in written and spoken English.

·         I haven’t had residence or main activities in Belgium for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.

·         During my courses or prior professional activities, I have gathered some basic experience with the basic physical principles of acoustics and the related numerical modelling techniques, such as the Finite Element Method (FEM), Boundary Element Method (BEM). I have a good knowledge of deep learning approaches  and/or with the basic principles of Model Order Reduction or I have a profound interest in these topics.

·         As a PhD researcher of the KU Leuven LMSD division I perform research in a structured and scientifically sound manner. I read technical papers, understand the nuances between different theories and implement and improve methodologies myself. 

·         Based on interactions and discussions with my supervisors and the colleagues in my team, I set up and update a plan of approach for the upcoming 1 to 3 months to work towards my research goals. I work with a sufficient degree of independence to follow my plan and achieve the goals. I indicate timely when deviations of the plan are required, if goals cannot be met or if I want to discuss intermediate results or issues.

·         In frequent reporting, varying between weekly to monthly, I show the results that I have obtained and I give a well-founded interpretation of those results. I iterate on my work and my approach based on the feedback of my supervisors which steer the direction of my research.

·         I feel comfortable to work as a team member and I am eager to share my results to inspire and be inspired by my colleagues.

·         I value being part of a large research group which is well connected to the machine and transportation industry and I am eager to learn how academic research can be linked to industrial innovation roadmaps.

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Vlaams Brabant
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