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PhD Position in Sustainable Lifespan Extension of Inner-City Bridges and Quay Walls

Are you curious about making inner-city bridges and quay walls future-proof while keeping their cultural-historical value? Do you want to extend the life span of these structures in a sustainable and circular way?

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,541 - € 3,247
  • Deadline 30 Sep 2022

The Challenge

Accelerated deterioration, deferred maintenance, and changed social, technological, and environmental conditions have drastically decreased the technical and functional performance of historic quay walls and bridges in many Dutch cities. Maintaining the cultural heritage of inner-city quay walls and bridges and at the same time preparing them for the future is a huge challenge. Lifespan-extension is a promising way to cope with this challenge. It can increase the structural reliability of quay walls and bridges in a sustainable and circular manner while preserving the cultural value. To be able to decide on appropriate lifespan-extension measures, municipalities need to assess their structural, environmental, economic, and cultural impact.

We are seeking a PhD candidate for the research project 'Sustainable Circular Life Extension Strategies for Inner-City Bridges and Quay Walls’ (STABILITY). This exciting research is part of the Urbiquay Program of the Dutch National Research Agenda (NWA). It is funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and in collaboration with Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Municipalities of Amsterdam, Den Hague, and Zwolle, and several contractors and engineering firms.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will work on a life cycle analysis (LCA) model for assessing the environmental and circular impact of lifespan-extension measures, a life cycle cost (LCC) model for assessing the economic impact of these measures, and a valuation (VA) model for assessing the economic benefits of retaining historical bridges and quay walls. You will integrate these models through an integrated life cycle cost benefit approach for the sustainable and circular impact assessment of lifespan-extension measures. Your approach will help municipalities to decide on the appropriateness of lifespan-extension measures for the maintenance of inner-city bridges and quay walls.

Your profile

  • You have obtained a master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering and management or another relevant interdisciplinary specialization.
  • You have proven experience in one or more of the following areas: life cycle analysis, life cycle costing, cultural heritage valuation.
  • Programming skills are desirable (e.g., MATLAB, Python).
  • You are proficient in spoken and written English. A good command of Dutch is an asset.
  • You have the ability to work independently.
  • You look forward collaborating with researchers from different academic fields and practitioners from municipalities, contractors and engineering firms.
  • You have a passion for understanding and maintaining historical civil structures.

Our offer

  • We offer a four-year fulltime PhD position.
  • We provide a stimulating, modern research environment.
  • You will be part of a dedicated team and you will collaborate extensively with industry.
  • A starting salary of € 2.541,- gross per month in the first year and increasing to € 3.247 gross per month in the fourth year.
  • An annual holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, and an annual year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A solid pension scheme.
  • Minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment to accelerate your further professional and personal growth.
  • During this cross-disciplinary project you will acquire unique expertise and outstanding skills through close contact with academic collaborators.
  • We offer a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

Information and application

Please submit your application before September 30, 2022 using the “Apply now” button, and include:

Additional information about this position can be acquired from Andreas Hartmann (a.hartmann@utwente.nl) and Irina Stipanovic (i.stipanovic@utwente.nl).

If you expect to graduate soon, you are also invited to apply.

The first (online) job interview will take place on Friday 14 October.

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The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

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Hartmann, A. (Andreas)

Hartmann, A. (Andreas)
Associate Professor

Hartmann, A. (Andreas)
Associate Professor

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