Position:14 PhD positions in Mechanical Engineering and Computational Mathematics
Department:Mechanical Engineering or Mathematics
Institution:Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and 11 other institutions in Europe
Location:Multiple locations in Europe, see https://thread-etn.eu/partners/, Europe
Applications are invited for 14 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie Innovative Training Network “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.
THREAD is a consortium of 12 high‐profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, and addresses the mechanical modelling, mathematical formulations and numerical methods for highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes that are essential parts of high performance engineering systems. The project brings mechanical engineers and mathematicians together around major challenges in industrial applications and open‐source simulation software development.
It establishes an innovative modelling chain starting from detailed 3D modelling and experimental work to build validated 1D nonlinear rod models, which are then brought to a system level simulation thanks to the outstanding numerical properties of the developed algorithms. This holistic approach combines advanced concepts in experimental and theoretical structural mechanics, non‐smooth dynamics, computational geometry, discretisation methods and geometric numerical integration.
The 14 researchers are employed on fixed-term, full-time employment contracts and will work on their own research projects in THREAD with the aim to obtain a doctoral degree. The salary is paid in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie Programme regulations for Early Stage Researchers. Funding for 36 months employment is available.
Deadline for applications: January 15, 2020
Further information and instructions on how to apply can be found at
For general information on the Innovative Training Network THREAD, we refer to