Engineer or scientist in the field of vibro-acoustic modelling of timber buildings

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Feb 2024

25 Nov 2023
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Research Field

Physics » Acoustics
Engineering » Other
Physics » Other
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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

22 Feb 2024 - 22:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

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Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Materials science and technology are our passion. With our cutting-edge research, Empa's around 1,100 employees make essential contributions to the well-being of society for a future worth living. Empa is a research institution of the ETH Domain.

The Laboratory for Acoustics / Noise Control develops smart materials and noise reduction technologies to reduce noise and foster healthy acoustic environments. Noise control in timber buildings is one of our key topics.

Your work will contribute to Empa's effort to bridge the gap between fundamental science and engineering applications. Specifically, we will further develop numerical models to predict structure-borne sound transmission across connections of mass timber elements. The ultimate goal of this project is to predict sound insulation in timber buildings with better accuracy. In a second project, we will numerically design cross laminated timber floors with so-called acoustic black holes as impact sound insulation measures. Hereby, also other design aspects, as structural performance, fire safety and serviceability have to be taken into account.

Engineer or scientist in the field of vibro-acoustic modelling of timber buildings

Your tasks

  • You set up vibro-acoustic finite element models. Knowledge of Ansys and/or Code Aster is a plus.
  • You analyse the structure-borne sound transmission across connections between mass timber floors and walls.
  • You optimise cross laminated timber floor systems with acoustic black holes.
  • You enhance the existing modelling toolchain to predict sound insulation performance of timber buildings.
  • You plan and conduct experiments for the validation of numerical models and verification of the results.
  • You interact with academic and industrial partners to gain better understanding of the final requirements, and with your colleagues within the group to discuss the physical foundations of the models you devise.
  • In frequent reporting to stakeholders, varying between weekly to monthly, you will show the results that you have obtained and give a well-founded interpretation of those results. You will iterate on your work and your approach based on the feedback of your supervisors which helps you steer the direction of your research.

Your profile

If you recognize yourself in the description below, then you have the profile that fits the project and the research group:
  • I have a master degree in engineering or physics, and an affinity for timber construction.
  • I am proficient in written and spoken English, and basic knowledge in German would be beneficial.
  • During my courses or prior professional activities, I have gathered experience with at least one of the following: principles of vibrations and acoustics, structural dynamics, numerical modelling techniques (finite element method, discrete element method, boundary element method), or experimental methods in structural dynamics. I have a profound interest for these topics.
  • I ideally have basic knowledge in data processing and analysis.
  • As a research engineer, I enjoy translating the physical principles that inspire my work into viable engineering solutions and enjoy meeting the challenges set by real life applications.
  • I am excited to expand my scientific and technical knowledge, by searching for relevant literature and through discussions with my colleagues.

Our offer

We offer an inclusive workplace, with a vibrant scientific culture and colleagues that enjoy the challenges posed by real engineering applications. Our new colleagues will be integrated in a group of scientists and engineers with diverse academic and cultural background. Close cooperation with a leading company in its field and the ability to contribute to the translation of ongoing research into application will represent a valuable asset for furthering the successful applicant's career.

You stay in a dynamic environment centrally in Europe. Empa has its main campus in Dübendorf, located close to Zürich and 20 minutes by tram from Zurich International Airport. Zurich is one of the cities with the highest quality of life worldwide, welcoming to non-German speaking people and with ample opportunities for social, cultural, and outdoor activities.

Starting date is March 2024 or upon mutual agreement.

«a» stands for «all» in our job advertisements. We live a culture of inclusion and respect. We welcome all people who are interested in innovative, sustainable and meaningful activities - that's what counts.

We look forward to receiving your complete online application including a letter of motivation, CV, certificates, diplomas with transcripts and contact details of two referees. Please submit these exclusively via our job portal. Applications by e-mail and by post will not be considered.

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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