The University of Luxembourg is an international research university with a distinctly multilingual and interdisciplinary character. The University was founded in 2003 and counts more than 6,700 students and more than 2,000 employees from around the world. The University’s faculties and interdisciplinary centres focus on research in the areas of Computer Science and ICT Security, Materials Science, European and International Law, Finance and Financial Innovation, Education, Contemporary and Digital History. In addition, the University focuses on cross-disciplinary research in the areas of Data Modelling and Simulation as well as Health and System Biomedicine. Times Higher Education ranks the University of Luxembourg #3 worldwide for its “international outlook,” #20 in the Young University Ranking 2021 and among the top 250 universities worldwide.

The Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) contributes multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of MathematicsPhysicsEngineeringComputer ScienceLife Sciences and Medicine. Through its dual mission of teaching and research, the FSTM seeks to generate and disseminate knowledge and train new generations of responsible citizens, in order to better understand, explain and advance society and environment we live in.

Your Role…

The University of Luxembourg (UL) invites applications for the position of a Doctoral Researcher (PhD candidate) in Computational Mechanics. The successful applicant is expected to perform original research in the area of advanced computational solid/structural mechanics with applications in civil and/or mechanical engineering and to contribute to associated teaching activities in the department’s bachelor and master programmes. You will be working in the research team led by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zilian (Department of Engineering / Computational Engineering and Sciences).

Potential areas of your future research could include – but are not limited to – ageing and degradation of concrete structures, novel techniques for finite strain elasto-plasticity of continua, advanced models and discretisation strategies for shell structures. Depending on your background and PhD research specialisation you will be trained in the programme Data and Computational Sciences or the programme Engineering Sciences of the faculty’s doctoral school.


  • Manage and drive forward your PhD research project
  • Attend doctoral school courses, trainings and events
  • Disseminate your results at conferences and seminars
  • Author scientific articles and your PhD thesis
  • Contribute to teaching, supervision of student projects
What we expect from you…
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering / Computational Mechanics
  • Profound knowledge of engineering mechanics, structural analysis & finite element methods
  • Familiar with Python programming, TeX-based documentation and associated software environments;
    Experience with the FEniCS framework is an asset
  • Good English language skills (minimum certified B2 level, C1 level is a plus)
  • Willingness to work in a multilingual and international environment
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
In Short…
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Contract 36 Month
  • Work Hours: Full Time 40.0 Hours per Week
  • Location: Belval
  • Internal Title: Doctoral Researcher
  • Job Reference: UOL05802
  • Ideal start date: 1st October 2023

The yearly gross salary for every PhD at the UL is EUR 39953 (full time)

How to apply…

Applications should include:

  • Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)
  • Motivation letter (maximum one page) detailing how you meet the selection criteria
  • Doctoral research statement (maximum two pages) outlining your scientific interests and PhD research proposal
  • Publication list (if any) and PDFs of those publications
  • Master’s thesis (final or draft; if draft, then state the expected submission date)
  • Copies of diplomas, transcripts with grades, with English, French or German translation

Early application is highly encouraged, as the applications will be processed upon reception. To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by 31st August 2023. Please apply formally through the HR system. Applications by email will not be considered.

The University of Luxembourg embraces inclusion and diversity as key values. We are fully committed to removing any discriminatory barrier related to gender, and not only, in recruitment and career progression of our staff.

In return you will get…
  • Multilingual and international character. Modern institution with a personal atmosphere. Staff coming from 90 countries. Member of the “University of the Greater Region” (UniGR).
  • A modern and dynamic university. High-quality equipment. Close ties to the business world and to the Luxembourg labour market. A unique urban site with excellent infrastructure.
  • A partner for society and industry. Cooperation with European institutions, innovative companies, the Financial Centre and with numerous non-academic partners such as ministries, local governments, associations, NGOs …

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