13/09/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Obstacles in front of doors for pedestrian buildings evacuation. MSCA-IF candidate sought


  • OFFER DEADLINE
    10/09/2020 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Pamplona
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Navarra
  • DEPARTMENT
    Department of Construction, Building Services and Structures

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

  • The work team represented by the César Martín-Gómez has been working for years on projects that involve the integration of building services and energy systems in complex architectonical cases. Building services here involve fire safety, water management, electricity, data networks, HVAC and renewable energies.

  • These research works include architecture and urbanism, history and biology, learning and complex buildings. It is not a mess but a puzzle where the keyword is integration.

  • The UNESCO research lines are: 241109 - Regulation of human temperature; 330500 - Construction technology; 330503 - Large buildings and skyscrapers; 330506 - Civil engineering; 330517 - Industrial and commercial buildings; 330537 - Urban planning; 330800 - Environmental engineering and technology; 3322 - Energy technology; 332900 - Urban planning; 550601 - History of architecture; 550624 - History of technology; 580100 - Educational theory and methods.

  • Since 2009, the team has participated in 9 research projects: 5 private, 3 regional, 2 national and 1 European, with an income of over 800,000 euros.

  • The activity of the team has allowed the publication of more than 33 articles in indexed journals, 24 books or book chapters, and 56 collaborations in Congresses.

 

Project description

The placement of obstacles in front of doors is believed to be an effective strategy to increase the flow of pedestrians, hence improving the evacuation process. Since it was first suggested, this counter-intuitive feature is considered a hallmark of pedestrian flows through bottlenecks. Our experimental findings also reveal an unnoticed phenomenon in relation with the crowd movement in front of the exit: in competitive evacuations, an obstacle attenuates the development of collective transversal rushes, which are hazardous as they might cause falls.

We are looking for a motivated candidate who wish to add her/his efforts to the background of the Universidad de Navarra researchers in this area, to achieve new solutions to be applied into buildings.

The researcher would apply for a MSCA-Individual fellowship (deadline 09 September 2020). If successful, the researcher would get a full-time research position at University of Navarra, one of the top rated universities in Spain (Number 1 in employability) for a period ranging 1-3 years depending on the subtype of grant and the interests of the applicant.

 

Research Areas

  • Architectural Engineering

 

Applications

  • Researcher with a PhD degree or equivalent research experience in the field of the project. She/he should not have resided or carried out main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the last 3 years before the deadline of the call (09 September 2020. MSCA-IF-2020).

     

  • CV and letter of motivation. Include a concept note of the research proposal (up to 1 page).

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