Open vacancy for a fulltime PhD scholarship

PhD scholarship, Construction engineering: road engineering - 2020BAPFTIEX115

The Faculty of Applied Engineering is a young faculty with a passionate and innovative team, with a broad view on the world. We are looking for a promising talent for a full-time PhD scholarship in the field of construction engineering: road engineering
Make asphalt smart!

Job description

As a member of research group EMIB (Energy and Materials in Infrastructure and Buildings), you prepare a PhD in the field of road engineering, more specifically on damage phenomena and a changing texture on the one hand and on the other hand focusing on some surface characteristics of road surfaces such as skid resistance and road traffic noise. With your research you will contribute to "Make Asphalt Smart"! A more extensive research proposal is available here.

You communicate about your research by publishing in A1 journals and giving presentations at (inter)national conferences.

You are willing to go abroad for one or more research stays, e.g. Portugal (UMinho) or Austria (TUWien).

You take on limited tasks of educational support within the Department of Construction, such as supervising scientific projects, bachelor's thesis and master's thesis, all related to your own doctoral research.

You take on limited tasks of research support within the research group and the laboratory, such as actively participating in LEAN sessions, helping in the organization of our annual symposium, following up one or more improvement actions and carrying out tasks as an equipment manager (training master's students, keeping the working procedure up to date, providing information for the website, ...).

Profile and requirements

You hold a Master of Science degree, preferably in Construction or Electromechanical Engineering (either Applied Engineering or Engineering Sciences), or equivalent.

You can submit outstanding academic results.

Also students in the final year of their degree can apply.

Your knowledge of English is good, both in written and oral communication (if available, you can provide proof of e.g. an IELTS test, or a previously written English paper).

The focus in your (limited) teaching duties corresponds to the educational vision of the university.

Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.

You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

You have carried out a master's thesis related to the research topic, either focused on a road construction aspect, or focused on the use of optical measurement techniques and sensors (useful for measuring surface characteristics), or aimed at simulating noise-reducing measures such as noise-reducing road surfaces or noise screens.

We offer

° a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
° the start date of the scholarship will be 1 October 2020;
° a gross monthly grant ranging from € 2.447,20 - € 2.596,27;
° a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

Applications may only be submitted online until the closing date 12 April 2020.

A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. Include, besides your CV and motivation letter, a one page summary of your master thesis. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel;

The interviews of the candidates, preselected by a selection panel, will take place on May 6th 2020.

More information about the application form can be obtained from Robin Wynants (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 31 41) or Ellen Huijer (Tel. +32 (0)3 265 31 45);

For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Cedric Vuye (


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