Industrial PHD on the Dynamic Damping Behaviour of Adhesive Technologies University of Leuven, Department of Production Techniques, Machine Building and Automation



(ref. BAP-2017-661)

Last modified: 18/12/2017

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global leader in pressure-sensitive and functional materials and labeling solutions for the retail apparel market. The company's applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major industry. With operations in more than 50 countries and more than 25,000 employees worldwide, Avery Dennison serves customers in the consumer packaging, graphical display, logistics, apparel, industrial and healthcare industries. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company reported sales of $6.1 billion in 2016. Learn more at Dennison is a leading global developer and manufacturer of high-performance, standardized and customized pressure-sensitive tapes used in electronics packaging, construction and personal care products. Their Performance Tapes business draws on years of materials science engineering and manufacturing expertise to deliver specialized tapes tailored to specific industry demands and end-user applications. Learn more at KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet ( and currently counts 8 permanent staff members, 16 senior post-doc and 55 PhD researchers. The group has a longstanding history and internationally highly recognized expertise in the fields of engineering dynamics of (mecha(tro)nic) systems, vibro-acoustic modelling, simulation, analysis and testing, identification and control of (non-)linear systems, and lightweight structure design and analysis. The Noise and Vibration research group is also recognized for its yearly Acoustics (ISAAC) and Modal Analysis (ISMA) courses and for organizing the biennial ISMA Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference (



The scope of the PhD project lies in the field of experimental and numerical vibro-acoustic structural analysis. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of the dynamic damping behavior of adhesive technologies in combination with end application deployment. Understanding and being able to steer this behavior through design, allows to fully exploit it in the development of new adhesive technologies and in the selection of the right technology for a specific application. It also opens up possibilities for investigating dedicated low-frequency (<200 Hz) solutions and the effect of geometrical complexity. The work plan of the project contains both numerical simulation activities as well as real-life experiments on small coupon and on component level. To increase the confidence in the numerical models, it might be necessary to do successive updating and verification analyses.


Avery Dennison supports the project with its core expertise in adhesive technologies and dynamic test infrastructure for coupon level testing. KU Leuven brings in its key expertise in numerical vibro-acoustic modelling and in component- and system level dynamic testing.




The PhD project is focused on vibro-acoustic simulation and testing. An ideal candidate has an M.Sc. in engineering and is specialized in vibro-acoustics,solid mechanics, dynamics or computational engineering.


  • We are looking for a candidate who enjoys working in the field of vibro-acoustics, who is curious and has the courage to try out new things.

  • Knowledge of numerical modelling, measurement technology and data-acquisition and programming languages is a strong advantage.

  • Candidates get the opportunity to perform this work as part of a KU Leuven (Heverlee, Belgium) PhD study in cooperation with Avery Dennison (Turnhout, Belgium). Time will be split 50/50 between both sites. Candidates should be willing to commute between both locations on a frequent basis.

  • All candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

  • All members of the network are equal opportunity employers, both female and male candidates are invited to apply.

  • The applicant may be of any nationality.

  • Candidates are expected to apply for a Baekeland Fellowship at The agency Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) –see will get full support of Avery Dennison and KU Leuven in preparingthe Fellowship application.




KU Leuven in cooperation with Avery Dennison offers to the selected candidate a stimulating and ambitious research environment [1] which is embedded in the DNA of the region of Leuven, a premier destination for Health, High-Tech and Creativity [2] and considered an extremely nice place to live and work.


To assist Fellows in matters of work permits, visas, living, mobility, housing,… , KU Leuven has the International Admissions Office (an Official Marie Curie mobility centre recognized by the Flemish government) with dedicated Officers which offers new colleagues HR, Recruitment and Career Management support [3].







To apply for this position, please complete part 1 and part 2 of the application: PART 1 (KU LEUVEN APPLICATION TOOL) You can complete part 1 of the application via the online application tool mentioned at the bottom of this page In this application tool, please upload your CV and motivation letter. Under 'Other' please upload: - Full list of credits and grades of both BSc and MSc degrees, as well as their transcription to English if possible - Two reference Letters - An English version of MSc or PhD thesis, or of a recent publication or assignment (if you have any) - Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, …) if available PART 2 (APPLICATION FORM OF THE DEPARTMENT) You can complete part 2 of the application via this online registration form: ***PLEASE NOTE: ONLY APPLICATIONS RECEIVED VIA BOTH FORMS WILL BE CONSIDERED!*** For more information please contact:

You can apply for this vacancy until 28/02/2018 via our online application application

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