PhD Student

Last application date
Oct 03, 2022 00:00
TW14 - Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials
Limited duration
Master of Science in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology (or similar)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

The project “AshCycle - Integration of Underutilized Ashes into Material Cycles by Industry-Urban Symbiosis” funded by the European Commission (Horizon Europe) invites applications for 2 full-time stipend PhD position at Ghent University (Belgium). As such, Ghent University DuraBUILDmaterials is looking for 2 qualified and motivated candidates to pursue each a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, on one of the following topics ‘Workability, durability and structural behaviour of ash-based hybrid binder concrete’ and ‘Workability, durability and structural behaviour of ash-based carbstone concrete’.

Your role for the PhD project will be to devise cutting edge concrete compositions which make (1) use of ashes in the binder system and/or aggregate skeleton of concrete and (2) use low carbon cement technologies. You will implement developed compositions in concrete products, and evaluating their performance in terms of workability, strength, durability and structural behaviour. As you will be dealing with several aspects of concrete technology and structures, you will apply a balanced combination of experimental, analytical and numerical work at mortar scale up to reinforced concrete scale. You will evaluate the novel ash-based mixes in case studies. You will perform this work in the context of the European AshCycle research project ( that will give you the opportunity to interact and collaborate with researchers and engineers from other universities, research institutes and companies. You will report on the results in a well-structured manner. Additionally, you will be involved in some general tasks within the department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials.

Job profile

  • You have an academic university degree (Master in Science or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology, and have obtained excellent study results.
  • You have a strong affinity and broad knowledge on concrete technology and structural behaviour of concrete. Further knowledge on sustainable/circular concrete technology is a plus, and more specifically on alkali activated materials for concrete or on carbonation technology for concrete or are willing to familiarize yourself with this concrete technology.
  • You have strong analytical/experimental skills, you are well organized, you are an excellent communicator and team player towards working in an interdisciplinary group.
  • You have a strong sense of responsibility and are also able to autonomously plan and perform research tasks. You respect the predetermined milestones in research projects and are strongly motivation to succeed in scientific research and pursuing a PhD degree.
  • Your English is fluent, both in speaking and writing, including excellent presentation and scientific writing skills.
  • Experience with writing scientific papers and project deliverable reports are a plus, as well as with numerical modelling.

How to apply

Applications should include a CV, motivation letter, copies of higher-education degrees, grade transcripts, and the name and contact details of two persons who are willing to give a reference. All documents should be sent electronically (in pdf) to: Please mention “Application PhD-AshCycle” in the subject line. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Prof. Matthys (