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Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Ghent

University of Ghent, Belgium is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship position in structural engineering. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2019.

As the major construction cost of a breakwater unit is related to the logistic resources needed to move the unit from the yard to the construction site, the possibility to print it in situ or even at position, possibly below the water level, would be very advantageous. Moreover, 3D printing would allow to define a proprietary model breakwater unit, more complex shapes and even customized and optimized shapes according to the position of the unit on the breakwater. In addition, the layered surface, own to the 3D print technique, would allow for additional energy dissipation. However, printing such massive units is a real challenge as the high binder contents currently used in printable mixtures would cause thermal cracking in addition to the drying shrinkage cracks which are related to this automated production technique. To guarantee the durability of the unit in a marine environment, we want to develop a printable mixture which answers all requirements to print the contour or both the contour and the infill pattern of the breakwater unit. In a second phase also the sustainability of the mixture will be taken into account. In case only the contour is printed, a sustainable filling material will be developed. The resistance against the marine environment will be further increased through improvement of the interlayer. After tackling these challenges, scale model breakwater units will be printed to investigate their mechanical, durability and hydraulic performance. More information can be obtained by contacting Prof. Kim Van Tittelboom.

The Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research at the Department of Structural Engineering 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 behavior and structural reliability of concrete structures on large scale. The Magnel Laboratory disposes of extensive experimental testing facilities and infrastructures, among which the large strong floor for executing load tests on large-scale elements is a unique instrument. In the context of this project, relevant state-of-the-art equipment is available at the Magnel Laboratory, including rheometers, mixing and pumping facilities, and a large-scale robot set-up for automated production. The 3D2BGreen project is funded by SIM (Strategic Initiative Materials in Flanders) and VLAIO (Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and is performed in collaboration with the companies BESIX-Flanders, Witteveen+Bos Belgium and ResourceFull. The 3D2BGreen project started the 1st of June 2019 and the postdoctoral researcher is expected to join the research team in December 2019 / January 2020. The candidate is offered an appointment for at least 8 months in our 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.

Applicants should have a PhD in Structural or Civil Engineering, 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). Experience with supplementary cementitious materials, alkali-activated concrete, rheological behavior of concrete or 3D printing of concrete is an advantage.

Applicants should contact Prof. Kim Van Tittelboom as soon as possible, but no later than 31 August 2019. Prof. Dr. Ing. Kim Van Tittelboom Department of Structural Engineering Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 904, 9052 Ghent, Belgium E: kim.vantittelboom@ugent.be T: +32 9 264 55 40 (or secr. +32 9 264 55 35)


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