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Postdoc position: multiscale modeling of concrete in digital fabrication

80%-100%, Zurich, fixed-term

The Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials in the Institute for Building Materials at ETH Zurich has an opening for a postdoctoral researcher in multiscale modeling for structural strength build-up of concrete.

Project background

The Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials conducts research at the interface between mechanics, materials and scientific computing. Research activities are focused on modeling the link between micro- to meso-scale properties of engineering and biological materials and their macroscale mechanical performance. Various failure mechanisms, such as dynamic fracture and the onset of frictional sliding are at the center of our interests. The overall objectives are the development of numerical models in a high-performance computing framework, and their application in establishing a fundamental understanding of multiscale material mechanics.

Job description

The postdoc position will focus on the mechanical process that concrete undergoes during its hardening phase – when concrete transitions from a fluid-like material to a solid. This process is particularly important for novel digital fabrication technologies in civil engineering applications, where concrete is placed without or very thin formwork and is required to build-up material strength and stiffness fast and reliably. The objective of this project is to develop a numerical model that enables us to upscale the micro-mechanical processes of early structural build-up in cement to the level of structural elements in the manufacturing process, and to provide the necessary fundamental knowledge and practical guidance for a reliable fabrication process. The candidate will be responsible for the development of the numerical model and its application to simulate the manufacturing process. This postdoc position provides opportunities to co-lead a research project, co-supervise graduate students, and to establish and lead collaborations with research partners.

The position is available with starting dates as soon as possible.

Your profile

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in mechanics, material science, physics or a related discipline. The candidate should have a strong background in computational modeling with discrete or continuum methods for solid mechanics, and have substantial programming experience. Expertise in concrete material science is desired. Additionally, excellent communication skills in English (oral and written) are required.

ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.
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Interested?

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • CV including a publication list
  • a brief statement of research interests
  • name and contact details of two references

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.

Further information about the Chair of Computational Mechanics of Building Materials can be found on our website www.ifb.ethz.ch/compmech/. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Prof. David Kammer by email dkammer@ethz.ch (no applications).

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