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PhD Position Rolling Contact Fatigue in Railway Wheels and Rails

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in structural engineering at Delft University of Technology. This position is open until filled.

The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) is committed to outstanding international research and education in the field of civil engineering, applied earth sciences, traffic and transport, water technology and delta technology. The research covers global social issues and is closely connected to education as well as the work of a wide range of knowledge institutions. CEG is convinced that Open Science helps to realise these goals and supports its scientists in integrating Open Science in their research practice. The Faculty of CEG comprises 28 research groups in the following seven departments: Materials Mechanics Management & Design, Engineering Structures, Geoscience and Engineering, Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Transport & Planning, Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management.

The Department of Engineering Structures provides education and conducts research in the area of civil infrastructure and buildings. The department's approach is based on science/fundamentals (mechanics and material science), deepened by engineering (concrete, steel, composite, timber, road and railway structures) and broadened by design (integral design, construction design, zero- material design and design-build). The department provides the basic education in the BSc civil engineering programme, three MSc programmes (Structural Engineering, Building Engineering, and Construction Management and Engineering), and PhD education.

The Section of Railway Engineering conducts research that spans from wheel-rail interface to monitoring, maintaining and prolonging the lifetime of rail systems preventively and predictively. A main focus is dynamic rolling contact under train-track interaction, the associated friction law, the resulting degradation and detection. The research emphasises are on building a body of scientific knowledge and putting it into practice.

Rolling contact fatigue in most cases determines the service lives of railway wheels and rails.The fatigue lives are determined by loading and material properties. In this project the prospective PhD-candidate will, based on real-life measurements and observations, design and perfom laboratory tests on our unique facilities to reproduce the fatigue under controlled conditions. The candidate will then numerically simulate the tests to build up relationships between fatigue lives and stresses as a function of material properties. The reproduced fatigue will further be sampled to identify the damage mechanisms of crack initiation and growth; this will be carried out in close collaboration with another 3 PhD candidates and postdocs working on microscopic analyses and modelling.

Applicants should have a background in Applied Mechanics or Physics, or in Civil, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.

Motivated applicants should have at the start of the PhD study an MSc degree in the relevant areas. Proficiency in English, both spoken and written, is a prerequisite.

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Zili Li, full professor Rail Systems & Monitoring, e-mail: z.li@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 2782325. Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-46.pdf by14 November 2018 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Prof.dr.ir. Zili Li, full professor Rail Systems & Monitoring, e-mail: z.li@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 (0)15 2782325. Please e-mail all your application information in one single PDF entitled Lastname_ CITG18-46.pdf by14 November 2018 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.


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