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MSCA-COFUND-CLEAR-Doc - PhD Position #CD21-50: Semi-probabilistic assessment of existing urban structures to climate change

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    Université Gustave Eiffel
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/03/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    France › Marne-La-Vallée
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND


Following various structure failures in France and Europe (Genoa viaduct, Mirepoix-sur-Tarn bridge, Mouzaki in Greece, etc.), the external audit of the French national road network noted the aging of the existing structures and their poor structural condition. In addition, the increase in traffic loads and climatic stresses further decreases the reliability of existing structures. Predictive maintenance or even rehabilitation (repair or reinforcement) of these structures will be an important subject in the near future.

In the Eurocodes, the application of the theory of reliability to structures shows the possibility of recalibrating the partial coefficients within the framework of the evaluation of the existing structures, by taking into account additional information on the resistance of the structures and their solicitations (work of the IABSE WG 1.3 and 6.1, FIB AG 3.1 and 4, AFGC guides, etc.).

The proposed solution will make it possible to define the criteria for the evaluation of the existing structures, and to analyze these structures taking into account the method of rehabilitation with an adapted semi-probabilistic methodology. This research topic is part of the Eurocode 0 framework with an orientation towards Eurocode 2. It will deal with reinforced concrete or prestressed concrete structures. Steel structures, as well as RGI phenomena, will not be treated in this work.

Supervising team

The PhD student will be supervised by a team of researchers, who have complementary skills :

- Dr Franziska Schmidt (Dipl. Eng., MSc, PhD, Hab., Qualif. Prof., Dep. Head of Lab EMGCU) deals with the assessment of the effect of evolving actions (traffic, environmental actions) on civil engineering structures. She has been part of several European FP7/H2020 (Transformers, Panoptis, Heron, …), Marie Curie projects (TEAM, Infrastar) and national projects. She takes part in expertise studies to assess the structural health of existing structures. She lectures in various engineering schools.

- Dr François Toutlemonde (Dipl. Eng., MSc, PhD, Hab., Qualif. Prof., Head of Department MAST) is President of the Paris Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). He is member of the P18 ""concrete"" standardization committee and the French delegate to several Working Groups for the updating of the Eurocodes. He is member of various committees for the innovative application of UHPC. He has been chairman of the scientific committee of several international conferences.

- Dr Nisrine Makhoul (Dipl. Eng., MSc, PhD, Qualif. MCF, Seal of Excellence Fellow at Politecnico di Milano) research focus on Resilience Management, Structural Health Monitoring, Structural Performance, and Data quality. She was Assistant Professor at University of Balamand and Lecturer at Notre Dame University – Louaize and led AUF and CNRS-L projects. She is the chairman of the IABSE research group TG1.8 «Design Requirements for Infrastructure Resilience», and a Resilience Fellow at the 4TU.Resilience Engineering Center (University of Twente).

- Dr. Fabio Biondini (Dipl. Eng., MSc., Ph.D., P.E., Prof.) is Professor and Chair of the Civil Eng. Degree Programs at Politecnico di Milano. His research area includes life-cycle risk, reliability, robustness, redundancy, and resilience of deteriorating structures and infrastructure systems, with emphasis on bridges and bridge networks. He is co-founder and Executive Board member of the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE) and is currently serving as project coordinator of the SEI/ASCE Special Project “Effect of climate change on life-cycle performance, safety, reliability and risk of structures and infrastructure systems”.

Advantages for the candidate

The candidate will learn and apply practical bridge design methods, while learning and applying statistical approaches which will make it possible to assess efficiently the safety of the structures in evolving conditions (climate change, …),

The candidate will apply both numerical and experimental approaches for this work. The experimental part will be done both in the laboratory and on real, existing structures.

This last part will make it possible for the PhD candidate to create a network with infrastructure managers.

Parallelly, the thesis creating input for the updating of the Eurocodes, participation to corresponding Working Groups will be proposed to the PhD candidate."

International Mobility:

A secondment at Politecnico di Milano (Italy). For more information, contact the PhD thesis supervisor.


More Information


  • High-quality doctoral training rewarded by a PhD degree, delivered by Université Gustave Eiffel
  • Access to cutting-edge infrastructures for research & innovation.
  • Appointment for a period of 36 months based on a salary of 2 700 € (gross salary per month).
  • Job contract under the French labour legislation in force, respecting health and safety, and social security: 35 hours per week contract, 25 days of annual leave per year.
  • International mobility will be mandatory
  • An international environment supported by the adherence to the European Charter & Code.
  • Access to dedicated CLEAR-Doc trainings with a strong interdisciplinary focus, together with a Career development Plan.


Eligibility criteria

  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree. At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career (career breaks excluded) and not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. Career breaks refer to periods of time where the candidate was not active in research, regardless of his/her employment status (sick leave, maternity leave etc). Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Applicants must be available to start the programme on schedule (around 1st October 2022).

Selection process

Additional comments

The First step before applying is contacting the PhD supervisor. You will not be able to apply without an acceptation letter from the PhD supervisor.

Please contact the PhD supervisor for any additional detail on job offer.

There are no restrictions concerning the age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Applicants with career breaks or variations in the chronological sequence of their career, with mobility experience or with interdisciplinary background or private sector experience are welcome to apply.

Support service is available during every step of the application process by email: clear-doc@univ-eiffel.fr

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Offer Requirements

    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Mathematics: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Excellent


  • At the time of the deadline, applicants must be in possession or finalizing their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree.
  • At the time of recruitment, applicants must be in possession of their Master’s degree or equivalent/postgraduate degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate.


Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université Gustave Eiffel
5, Boulevard Descartes

EURAXESS offer ID: 716920


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