PhD position in engineering science: 3D simulation of deep tunnel advance (DP DOCC)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 10 Sep 2019

DOCC ("Dynamics of Complex Continua") is an interdisciplinary Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND doctoral programme at the University of Innsbruck that will train 15 PhD students for 3 years on modelling and simulation of complex dynamical continuum systems.

One of the avaliable positions is in the field of computational engineering science: this suggested PhD thesis project aims at development of 3D time-dependent numerical models of deep tunnel advance with a focus on the challenging task of interactions between several tubes. For this purpose advanced constitutive models for rock mass and shotcrete and regularization techniques for material softening, beyond the capabilities of standard material models are required.

DOCC provides structured training in both research-relevant and professional skills by building expertise in the intersectorally seminal fields of computational material, fluid and gas dynamics, which procures multiple topical technological, societal and medical applications relevant to climate, energy, safety, or nano and life sciences. DOCC prepares Europe's next top modellers to link simulations and the real world within a multi-disciplinary environment, by providing beyond essential technical expertise also the training in key abilities to communicate and transfer methods and results. The complete programme is offered in English.

In our research focus on Dynamics of Complex Continua we develop and apply methods for theo-retical and numerical analysis in modelling and simulation of dynamical processes, such as stability, nonlinearity, transport and structure formation. In particular we consider many-body and continuum systems of molecular, solid and soft matter, liquids, gases and plasmas, that are characterised by complex couplings between its constituents, its environment, or multi-scale dependence. DOCC and the University of Innsbruck offer an excellent research environment and high-level training, which benefits from a team of group leaders from ten departments contributing to teaching, co-supervision and international networking. DOCC fellows work in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary research environment, with an individual mentoring programme that will provide an excellent basis for a future career in academia or industry. Information on all participating groups, potential supervisors and descriptions of the suggested research topics are provided at https://D OCC.eu .

Applicants can also propose and discuss possible own research topics with the specific group leaders. The requested research group(s) or topic(s) should be indicated in the application. Participating fields and research groups: atmospheric science; astrophysics; astro-particle physics; biomolecular chemistry; civil engineering; engineering science; numerical mathematics; medical computing; nanophysics; biophysics; material chemistry; material science; structural engineering. The PhD research work should preferably start between 12/2019 and 01/2020. We offer an employment contract for 3 years, with an annual gross salary of 40'103 EUR (susceptible to taxes) for 40 hour/week employment. All PhD fellows will be liable to full medical and social contributions according to the Austrian federal legislation, implying a retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave. More information on DP DOCC, suggested thesis topics, requirements and eligibility criteria, and the application and recruiting process are available at https://DOCC.eu . The deadline for applications (first call) is at 10th September 2019.

The DOCC programme has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847476.


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