PhD in Frequency Dependent and Parametric Reduced Order Models for NVH Simulation University of Leuven, Department of Production Techniques, Machine Building and Automation Belgium




Last modified: 5/01/2018

The 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 (

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The aim of this project is to developrobust Reduce Order Methods (ROM) which can be applied for multi-scale noiseand vibration harshness (NVH) simulation of composite, 3D printed andmeta-material structures. This project is a 4-year research project (funded bySIM Flanders) where the research group KUL-PMA at KU Leuven (Belgium) willcollaborate with the research groups UGent-MMS at Ghent University (Belgium)and KUL-MTM at KULeuven (Belgium). The Industrial Advisory Board consists of SiemensIndustry Software (SISW), Honda R&D, Materialise, LCV and TWEMeulebeke. 


In previous and ongoing research theKUL-PMA is developing methods for the effective NVH simulation of a range ofnovel materials both in the frequency and time domain. These models arerepresented by Representative Volume Elements (RVE) at the micro andmeso-scales. This allows to generate homogenized properties which can bepropagated to a larger scale. However, many of the current methodologies startfrom strong assumptions on the boundary conditions to limit the computationalload. In practice however, these assumptions appear rather inaccurate. Thisstrongly limits the practical predictive properties of these models, which iskey to develop the most performant materials and structures.


The main aim of this PhD is to developnovel model order reduction techniques which allow to consider more generalizedboundary conditions on the smaller scales such that more realistic structuralmodels can be obtained. A range of novel material classes will be considered andthe developed techniques will need to handle the complex frequency dependentbehaviour present in these materials. The PhD student will be closely assistedby a team of post-doctoral research fellows at KUL-PMA.



The PhD project isfocused on reduced order modeling for multi-scale NVH simulation. An idealcandidate has an M.Sc. in engineering and a solid background in mathematics andpreferably some knowledge on FE modeling and NVH.

  • We arelooking for a candidate who enjoys working the field of numerical modeling, whois curious and has the courage to try out new things.

  • Allcandidates must be fluent in spoken and written English.

  • All membersof the network are equal opportunity employers, both female and male candidatesare invited to apply.

  • Theapplicant may be of any nationality.



KU Leuven offers tothe selected candidate a stimulating and ambitious research environment [1]which is embedded in the DNA of the region of Leuven, a premier destination forHealth, High-Tech and Creativity [2] and considered an extremely nice place tolive and work.


To assist Fellows inmatters of work permits, visas, living, mobility, housing,… , KU Leuven has theInternational Admissions Office (an Official Marie Curie mobility centrerecognized by the Flemish government) with dedicated Officers which offers newcolleagues 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 job no later than March 31, 2018 via the online application tool

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