The Chair of Building Physics of ETH Zurich is performing multiscale research on the interaction of moisture with porous materials. In collaboration with the Laboratory of Multiscale Studies in Building Physics of Empa and The Mary Rose Trust Portsmouth UK, we are recruiting a
PhD student on “Hygromechanical behavior of archeological wood consolidated with PEG”
We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated candidate that will investigate, by Molecular Dynamics (MD), the moisture behavior of marine archeological wood treated with polyethylene glycol (PEG). Upon centuries under water, wood undergoes material losses and chemical changes. For museological purpose, such wood must be consolidated with PEG. Understanding the role of moisture on this composite material will be achieved through atomistic simulations, analyzed and validated with experiments. In particular, the behavior of PEG-treated archeological wood in terms of transport, sorption, dimensional stability and mechanical properties is studied at the cell wall level. The problem has a multiscale nature, so an existent multiscale frame using MD, upscaling with poromechanics and continuum models is to be used.
The candidate should be a responsible and communicative scientist with a master degree in mechanical, civil or material engineering, physics, materials science, or similar field. Optimally, the candidate should have a strong background in mechanics of materials and computer simulation. A good background in computer programming with good knowledge of BASH or Python is advantageous. The candidate should be proficient in English.