5 PhD Positions are available at Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) in Collaboration with Major Universities starting September 2016 (2016-2020). The topics cover research on experimental and numerical modeling of cementitious materials and bentonite. The PhD degree will be awarded by different universities listed below, with a major part of the work being planned to be carried out at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. Note that for the first round the candidates will be interviewed by a small team of scientists and university promoters. The selected candidates will then be asked to appear in front of a scientific committee, who will be the ultimate deciding authority. For both these interviews, web conferencing facility will be offered for foreign candidates.
The deadline for submission of application is 1st week of March 2016.
- PhD position 1
Thermo-Hydro-Chemo-Mechanical (THCM) coupled behaviour of compacted bentonite in the context of nuclear waste disposal – PhD degree will be awarded by Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – Promoter: Prof. Enrique Romero
- PhD position 2
A study of the effect of combined leaching and carbonation processes on physical and transport properties of mortar – PhD degree will be awarded by University of Gent, Belgium and University of Delft, The Netherlands – Promoter: Prof. Geert de Schutter/Prof. Klas van Breugel
- PhD position 3
Accelerated carbonation in unsaturated fractured cement – PhD degree will be awarded by University of Leuven, Belgium – Promoter: Prof. Ozlem Cizer
- PhD position 4
Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical study to assess the concrete cracking phenomena during the heating phase of a half-scale test – to be announced
PhD position 5
Cemented waste deterioration: chemistry and effect on structural and mechanical properties – PhD degree will be awarded by University of Liege, Belgium – Promoter: Prof. Luc Courard