Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

14 PhD positions (ESRs) for Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures

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    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, University of Liège, NTNU Trondheim, CentraleSupélec, University of Seville, University of Innsbruck,, University of Rijeka, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Fraunhofer ITWM, C3M d.o.o., ENSAM, University of Ljubljana
    Computer science
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    MathematicsComputational mathematics
    PhysicsClassical mechanics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    22/01/2020 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    In accordance with employer's conditions
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Applications are invited for 14 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie Innovative Training Network “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. THREAD is a consortium of 12 high‐profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, and addresses the mechanical modelling, mathematical formulations and numerical methods for highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes that are essential parts of high performance engineering systems. The project brings mechanical engineers and mathematicians together around major challenges in industrial applications and open‐source simulation software development. It establishes an innovative modelling chain starting from detailed 3D modelling and experimental work to build validated 1D nonlinear rod models, which are then brought to a system level simulation thanks to the outstanding numerical properties of the developed algorithms. This holistic approach combines advanced concepts in experimental and theoretical structural mechanics, non‐smooth dynamics, computational geometry, discretisation methods and geometric numerical integration.

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  • Research work on your own research project within a thematic network with the aim to obtain a doctoral degree.

  • Further education through a well-defined training programme including basic and advanced scientific training modules, secondments/internships, transferable skills training, workshops, conferences, and networking events.

  • Researchers are employed on fixed-term, full-time employment contracts. Therefore, they are entitled to pension contributions, paid holidays, and other benefits as governed by the employers. The salary is paid in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie Programme regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The net salary depends on local tax and social security regulations as well as the country correction coefficient in the host country and comprises a living, a mobility and - if applicable - a family allowance.

  • Funding for 36 months employment is available.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fulfil three basic eligibility criteria (1.-3.):

  1. You qualify as Early Stage Researcher (ESR): An ESR must, at the date of recruitment by the host, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.

  2. You qualify with respect to the Mobility Rule: ESRs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. (Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account)

  3. English language: ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

For specific requirements see https://thread-etn.eu/apply/

Selection process

The applications have to be submitted via the THREAD website form (https://thread-etn.eu/apply/).

Application deadline is January 22th 2020.

On the application website you have to confirm that you comply with the eligibility criteria and to provide the following documents:

It is possible to apply for a maximum of 5 ESR projects, please indicate your order of preference in the application form. In your letter of motivation explain why you have selected the project(s).

The Project Coordinator receives, collects and forwards the applications to the respective supervisors. They select three candidates to be discussed in the Supervisory Board. The selected candidates will be invited to interviews with the beneficiaries interested (online or face to face) where the final choice will be made following the local procedures.

For more information please also see the Information package for Marie Skłodowska‐Curie fellows: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/sites/mariecurie2/files/information-package-msca-fellows-1.2_en_0.pdf

Additional comments

Additional comments

The specific positions are the following:

  • ESR 1: A robust and efficient Lie group solver for Cosserat rod models with internal and external constraints

  • ESR 2: Local frame methods for the simulation of textile manufacturing processes

  • ESR 3: Mesoscopic modelling and simulation of wiring harnesses

  • ESR 4: Data driven modelling of cables and hoses

  • ESR 5: Novel practical numerical methods for mechanical problems on Lie groups and manifolds and their implementation

  • ESR 6: Identification of complex nonlinear constitutive laws for multi-wire cables

  • ESR 7: Multibody formulation for the analysis of wire-rope reeving systems

  • ESR 8: Modelling and simulation of cables with transported mass points

  • ESR 9: Stable long-term numerical integration of the Cosserat rod problem in large overall motion

  • ESR 10: Variational modelling and simulation of complex beams and their optimization

  • ESR 11: Simulation of inelastic Cosserat rods and experimental investigation of their effective constitutive properties

  • ESR 12: Nonlinear dynamics response with nonlinear constitutive material models

  • ESR 13: Nonlinear dynamics of slender beams: frequency domain numerical strategies and reduced order modelling

  • ESR 14: Geometrically and materially nonlinear beam dynamics with strain localisation

For more information on the specific positions, the partners and the project in general, please visit our website: https://thread‐etn.eu/

Please note: THREAD’s recruitment strategy aims at an appropriate gender balance and therefore women are strongly encouraged to apply. To meet the eligibility criteria as outlined above is mandatory. All requirements will be evaluated prior to appointment.

Web site for additional job details

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
Halle (Saale)
2 position(s) available at
University of Liège
2 position(s) available at
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
1 position(s) available at
1 position(s) available at
University of Seville
1 position(s) available at
University of Innsbruck
1 position(s) available at
University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering
1 position(s) available at
Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg
1 position(s) available at
Fraunhofer ITWM
1 position(s) available at
Centre for Computational Continuum Mechanics, C3M d.o.o.
1 position(s) available at
École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers
1 position(s) available at
University of Ljubljana

EURAXESS offer ID: 466858


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