PhD Position Civil Engineering

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Jul 2022

(ref. BAP-2022-369)

Laatst aangepast : 1/07/2022

The Faculty of Engineering Technology, located on Campus De Nayer (Sint-Katelijne-Waver), and the Department of Civil Engineering of the Science Engineering & Technology Group of KU Leuven, invite applications for a PhD Position to strengthen the Materials & Structures Research Group. We are looking for a dynamic and motivated person (m/f) to perform and prepare a PhD in the domain of resilient semi-precast concrete structures, to support the activities of the research group 'Materials and Structures' and teaching in the Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering Technology - Civil Engineering. The position is located on Campus De Nayer in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, which is one of the operational sites of the Faculty of Engineering Technology. The faculty is a multi-campus faculty following the integration of the engineering technology educational programmes of the KU Leuven. The faculty has its own teaching, research and doctoral profile. The appointee is respectively a member of the Department of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven because of his/her activities and teaching assignments.



The PhD student conducts research regarding the structural behaviour of semi-precast concrete members subjected to repetitive and accidental loading.  The candidate will be working under the guidance of Prof. T. Molkens (associate professor at the Civil Engineering Department), active in the field of structural resilience.  The research will be achieved in close collaboration with other entities of the Civil Engineering Department.

The researcher is expected to:

  • do numerical and experimental scientific research using state-of-the-art tools and equipment
  • be able to work independently, accurately and methodically
  • present his/her results during regular internal and/or external meetings
  • write scientific papers in international recognized journals, and present results during scientific conferences
  • apply for external funding


The successful candidate will support teaching activities in the Bachelor and Master of Science in Engineering Technology - Construction Engineering.  The appointee shall also be willing to guide master theses.


Depending on the evolution during the offered PhD trajectory, it is also possible that the student will need to support consultancy activities.


The position is open to applications with a master degree in Engineering or Engineering Technology (preferably in civil engineering).

Qualified candidates:

  • have proficient grades (at least distinction in the Master's degree)
  • have a strong interest in multidisciplinary research
  • have interest in finite element modelling, numerical methods, full-scale testing, structural behaviour of concrete and hybrid structures
  • are motivated, open-minded, have the ability to work in a team, and eager for international mobility
  • very good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential; knowledge of Dutch is an asset
  • are flexible and have good organizational skills


We offer a full-time employment for 1 year.  You will work as a doctoral student in a stimulating and challenging work environment with a high degree of flexibility and autonomy.

At KU Leuven, the main teaching language is Dutch. The appointee must accept the necessary mobility required for fulfilling his/her teaching and research assignments.

KU Leuven pursues a policy of equal opportunity and diversity.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Ann Van Gysel, tel.: +32 15 68 82 20, mail: or Dr. ir. Tom Molkens, tel.: +32 15 68 81 70, mail:

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