DyVirt seeks to appoint 14 highly motivated Ph.D. candidates to a range of positions across Europe. These Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions offer an exciting opportunity to work with leading experts across Europe to develop advanced virtual models for the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures, primarily for offshore wind energy applications via the DyVirt European Training Network (ETN), funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme.
PhD position: Real-time hybrid testing under uncertainty
The scientific aim of DyVirt is to radically improve the level of trust that can be attributed to virtual models of the dynamic behaviour of engineering structures by augmenting models with data and advanced uncertainty analysis. These new developments will be implemented as a series of new verification and validation methods, with applications focused primarily on the wind energy sector.

The DyVirt network consists of leading academic institutions and companies from 7 different countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Poland, Switzerland and UK). ESRs 13 in particular is hosted at ETH Zurich.

ESR13 will focus on developing new methods for dynamic response simulation using hybrid (physical + numerical) models of real structures that explicitly account for uncertainties in materials, geometries, loads and responses. This extension of conventional hybrid simulation (i.e., hardware-in-the-loop simulation) and testing that embraces and quantifies epistemic and aleatory uncertainties is aimed at increasing the realism of virtual models to the next level. The work envisioned in this ESR combines structural mechanics, mechanical and thermal testing, multi-physics finite element modeling, control theory and controller implementation, uncertainty quantification and probability theory. This doctoral student position is offered for 4 years with the earliest starting date in September 2018. Primary advisor is Prof. B. Stojadinovic, co-advisor is Prof. E. Chatzi, at D-BAUG ETH Zurich.
Applicants must hold a M.Sc. Diploma or equivalent in civil, mechanical or electrical engineering, geosciences, physics, applied mathematics, computer sciences or related fields, and be at the beginning of their research career. Principal qualifications include strong analytical and quantitative skills in numerical analysis, programming, high-performance computing, as well as skills in dynamics & control, data analysis and modelling, and interest in laboratory-based experimentation and engineering applications. 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, ability to present work in international conference, as well as the willingness to spend a number of months working with project collaborators at partner universities in this project.

ETN Mobility Rules: Researchers can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date. Researchers must be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree.
We look forward to receiving your online application including: a clear designation DyVirt ESR13 you are applying for, a letter of motivation, a CV, electronic copies of your academic diplomas and certificates, and contact details for 2 referees preferably. The applications will be reviewed starting April 1, 2018 with the intent to conclude the search by the end of May 2018. Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

For further information please visit our website www.ibk.ethz.ch/en. Questions regarding the position should be directed by email to Prof. Eleni Chatzi (chatzi[at]ibk.baug.ethz.ch), and Prof. Bozidar Stojadinovic (stojadinovic[at]ibk.baug.ethz.ch). Please do not send applications via email.