The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich boasts a strong research and teaching environment covering a wide array of disciplines. We seek a highly motivated Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Structural Engineering to work within a newly funded Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione project on simulation of elastic waves in structured materials.
PhD Position in Numerical and Laboratory Design of Elastic Metamaterials
The project aims at developing innovative type of mechanical structures to control the propagation of elastic waves using design principles inspired by the metamaterials science (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial). The research will primarily address the mitigation of ground borne vibrations (railway, roadtrafﬁc) and seismic waves induced by earthquakes in typical civil and seismic scenarios. The research methodology encompasses numerical and analytical tools applied to modal and time-transient elastodynamics problems with particular emphasis on large-scale parallel computations, data analysis and visualization. Furthermore, we expect the candidate to play an active role in a number of geophysical and ultrasonic experiments aimed at validating his/her research results and to produce an experimental proof of concept. The position is offered for 4 years and the earliest starting date is June 2018.
Applicants must hold a M.Sc., Diploma or equivalent in the engineering, geosciences, physics, applied mathematics, computer sciences or related ﬁeld. Central to this project are strong analytical and quantitative skills in numerical analysis, programming, high-performance computing, and an interest in wave phenomena, lab-work and data analysis. A solid knowledge of English as the spoken and written language of work is mandatory. We expect good interpersonal skills, the ability to thrive in a diverse, multidisciplinary environment as much as the willingness to spend time with project collaborators abroad, and to present at international conferences.