PhD Position Nonlinear-dynamics-based Methodology for Improved Interpretation of Geotechnical Experimental Data for accurate Site-response Studies

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

23 Feb 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

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First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

30 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

The PhD position will be in the Section of Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics and is part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) as part of the DeepNL research initiative Call 2b (DeepNL ).

As a PhD candidate you will be affiliated to the Section of Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics; however, you will mainly work in the Section of Dynamics of Solids and Structures within the same faculty. You will estimate the (shear) modulus reduction and damping ratio increase (MRDI) curves from geotechnical resonant column experiments on soil samples, using models that account for nonlinear wave propagation phenomena. Such models enable predicting the typical skewness of the frequency response curve due to softening as well as superharmonic resonances. Furthermore, a new algorithm will be designed to assign realistic spatial variability to the MRDI curves. The final goal is to facilitate a more realistic earthquake site-response analysis through incorporation of 3D heterogeneities in soils. You will interact closely with another PhD candidate to achieve this goal. See our other vacancy as well {insert name/link other phd vacancy}

Specific Requirements

The successful applicant should possess a very good first degree in Civil/Structural Engineering or a related field. A strong background in mathematics and wave propagation, and training in nonlinear dynamics of mechanical systems are prerequisites. Also affinity to do both field- and lab-based research is an essential requirement. The successful candidate is expected to cooperate closely with other members of the DeepNL research team and with colleagues from both geophysics and dynamics of solids and structures backgrounds

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 30 April 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • A letter of application.
  • A detailed CV.
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
  • Abstract of your MSc thesis (1 page).
  • The names and contact details of 2 referees.

Please note:

  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • A pre-Employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For additonal information (other than application procedure), please contact Ranajit Ghose ([email protected] ) or Karel van Dalen ([email protected] ).

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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