Stone masonry buildings are among the most vulnerable buildings when subjected to earthquake loading. Previous studies on the seismic risk of such buildings often used simplifying assumptions with regard to the response of flexible floor diaphragms, the interaction of in-plane and out-of-plane response and the interaction of adjacent buildings. The objective of this PhD thesis is to revisit these assumptions in the framework of risk studies and to develop new numerical tools for refined analyses.
Your Profile: You are motivated to work with several colleagues on the development of these tools. You will set up a risk analysis that embraces the concepts of reproducibility and openness. You have a recent Master’s Degree in civil or structural engineering. A strong background in structural mechanics and/or finite element analysis is required. Knowledge in earthquake engineering and structural masonry is of advantage but not mandatory. You are proficient in spoken and written English.
We offer: We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary. The EPFL offers an outstanding international ecosystem full of training and development opportunities. The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE). More information on PhD studies at EPFL can be found here. The applicant will join the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (EESD) of EPFL.
Application procedure: If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter, CV, contact details of three referees and all university records as a single pdf-file to Prof. Katrin Beyer ([email protected]). The position is open until filled.