PhD Student

Last application date
Jun 30, 2024 00:00
TW14 - Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials
Limited duration
MSc in Structural or Mechanical Engineering (or another MSc leading to sufficient knowledge on the topics of relevance)
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

Position for PhD Researcher

The Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, at Ghent University is currently looking for a PhD Researcher on the following topic:

Digital Twin for 3D Printed Concrete Structures at Early Age

Different technologies are being developed to create a more sustainable building sector, among them 3D printed concrete. In spite of the potential for a reduced environmental impact and aesthetically more pleasing structures, wide-spread application is hindered by a lack of computational prediction models supported by advanced experimental testing techniques which would allow designers to overcome the substantial early age cracking potential. This research will address both shortcomings by an integrated research strategy focusing on the development of an advanced multi-physics computational framework that takes into account all the salient features of 3DPC such as layered nature, heterogeneity and the physical and chemical processes that drive the early-age behavior, and the development of novel experimental techniques supported by contact-free deformation measurements. Combined, both research streams unlock the potential of both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable 3DPC structures.

The Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory at the Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials of Ghent University is the largest Belgian research center in the field of concrete technology and concrete structures and has a vast and widely-spread international recognition. The research areas focus on different aspects of concrete structures, going from fundamental material research on microscopic and sub-microscopic scale to structural behaviour and structural reliability of concrete structures on large scale. The Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory offers extensive experimental testing facilities and infrastructures, among which the large strong floor for executing load tests on large-scale elements is a unique instrument.


  • The candidate is offered an appointment for 4 (1 + 3) years in a high-level international research team at Ghent University. The candidate will have the possibility to attend international conferences, follow specialized courses and to develop a national and international scientific and industrial network.
  • The fellowship amount is 100% of the net salary of an AAP member in equal family circumstances. The individual fellowship amount is determined by the Department of Personnel and Organization based on family status and seniority. A grant that meets the conditions and criteria of the regulations for doctoral fellowships is considered free of personal income tax. Click here for more information about our salary scales
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

Job profile

Applicants should have a MSc in Structural or Mechanical Engineering (or another MSc leading to sufficient knowledge on the topics of relevance), an independent and well-organized working style, well-developed social skills directed towards working in an interdisciplinary team, strong motivation to succeed in scientific research, excellent presentation and scientific writing skills and excellent English language skills (verbally and written). Knowledge of programming languages (C++, Python, Matlab,…) for efficient data processing and developing novel computational tools is a requirement. Experience with 3D printing of concrete, topology optimization or structural testing is an added value.

How to apply

Applications must contain the following documents:

  • a personal (motivation) letter and curriculum vitae,
  • a copy of degree certificates and associated certificates,
  • a transcript of records of the bachelor and master curriculum,
  • a copy of degree projects and any previous publications,
  • a proof of English language skills,
  • two recommendation letters (or the names and email addresses of two references).

The documents should be sent before June 30th, 2024 to with a clear reference to this vacancy in the title of the mail.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

For more information about this vacancy, please contact
Prof. Roman Wan-Wendner ( or
Prof. Kim Van Tittelboom (