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Development of intelligent lightweight material solutions for improved vibro-acoustic transmission problems (ref. SmartAnswer-ESR10)

(Ref. BAP-2017-73)

Tewerkstelling : Voltijds
Duur : Bepaalde duur
Plaats : Leuven
Solliciteren tot en met : 01/04/2017
The KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group (www.mech.kuleuven.be/mod) is searching for a PhD candidate to join the team which will work within the H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/marie-sklodowska-curie-actions) project SmartAnswer – Smart mitigation of flow-induced acoustic radiation and transmission for reduced aircraft, surface transport, workplaces and wind energy noise (ETN GA722401).

Development of intelligent lightweight material solutions for improved vibro-acoustic transmission problems (ref. SmartAnswer-ESR10)

The KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group which currently counts 90 researchers and is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet (https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00011973), is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, a vibrant environment of more than 300 researchers (www.mech.kuleuven.be). Research in noise and vibration was initiated in the late sixties, with initial efforts focussed on the development of experimental methods, with the birth of modal analysis and applications in the automotive and aeronautics sectors. The eighties are marked with the introduction of numerical techniques (finite elements and boundary elements) and in the nineties, the scope further widened with the development of active control strategies. During the last decade, the group’s expertise in dynamic analysis was further exploited in the context of model based system engineering of smart products and their manufacturing. Today, noise and vibration issues remain a major challenge, not only in the development of high-tech products, processes and systems, but also for the health of people and the well-being of society, for sustainable environment and energy supply, and for safe and comfortable mobility. As such, the KU Leuven research group is continuously challenged to excel and innovate helping to build tomorrow’s society.

Industrial relevance and advanced applications have always been major drivers in our strategy. LMS International, now Siemens Industry Software NV (SISW), was established in 1979 as one of the first spin-off companies of KU Leuven and is now a global leader in dynamic testing and mechatronic simulation. Testimony to this industrial relevance also is the long list research projects, ranging from fundamental research over applied research to prototyping and demonstration projects: https://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/pma/research/mod/projects/projects

Another important element in the group’s strategy is dissemination. Apart from publishing in relevant international peer reviewed journals and at scientific and industrial conferences (see https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0011973 for a list of publications), since 1975 the research group organises the yearly ISMA and ISAAC courses and the biennial ISMA conference on Noise & Vibration engineering, attracting more than 600 participants from industry and academia, and with full conference proceedings listed on the ISI Thompson list: www.isma-isaac.be


Due to the continuously growing trends towards lightweighting and reduced material use, driven by as well economic and ecologic aspects, the development of novel technologies and materials for the design of enhanced lightweight structures is crucial to ensure competitive product development. From a noise and vibration point of view, reduced mass brings with along typically a less favorable behavior. Hence, especially in vehicle development, machine and appliances design and even in sectors such as civil structures, novel, optimised low-transmission technologies have to be developed merging the requirements of low weight and good noise and vibration behaviour. The proposed PhD track will focus on the development of such vibro-acoustic low-transmission technologies particularly for vibro-acoustic transmission problems. Sandwich materials and so-called metamaterials hold great potential for blocking noise propagation in certain frequency ranges by tuning the material’s internal (geometrical) design. An example of these metamaterials developed at the KU Leuven can seen and heared by clicking on the following link: http://youtu.be/hMCfRHshjXc. By tuning the material combinations and structures to the specific frequency ranges of targeted noise and vibration sources, optimised mitigation and abatement can be obtained. The proposed PhD track will design such materials first in virtual prototyping and in a second phase in a real-life implementation.


All candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. The R&D is highly multidisciplinary. An ideal candidate has an M.Sc. in engineering (e.g. (vibro-)acoustics, solid-mechanics, building physics, physics).
  • Knowledge of numerical modelling, programming languages and signal processing is a strong advantage.
  • Candidates get the opportunity to perform this work as part of a PhD study.
  • All members of the network are equal opportunity employers, both female and male candidates areinvited to apply.


The host organisation will appoint the successful applicant under an employment contract with a very competitive salary according to EU regulation, including social security. The duration of the contract is, at least, 36 months. The fellow is expected to join their host organizations starting from July 2017 (estimated time). The salary is composed from the following allowances depending on the personal status of each fellow:
  • Living allowance: Monthly rate of €3,110. This amount will be multiplied by the Country Correction Coefficient of the recruiting institution. This amount includes the monthly salary for the fellow before any deductions (contributions of both employers and employees to social security, pension, taxation, voluntary deductions, etc).
  • Mobility Allowance: Monthly rate of €600. Contributes to the expenses of the researcher caused by the mobility.
  • Family Allowance: Monthly rate of €500. For all the recruited fellows who have family at the time of the recruitment. Additional funding for participation to courses, workshops,international conferences, etc. is ensured. This position includes doctoral studies. The successful applicant must register at the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School (https://set.kuleuven.be/phd).


For more information please contact Claus Claeys, by sending an e-mail to mod.hr@kuleuven.be and mention SmartAnswer-ESR10 in the title.
Please enclose full CV, full credits & grades of you Bachelor and Master-education in your application.

You can apply for this job no later than April 01, 2017 via the

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