PhD Student Position in Experimental Nonlinear Acoustics KU Leuven, Kortrijk Physics Belgium


We look for a candidate for a 4-years PhD student position in ultrasound nondestructive testing and numerical modeling.

The project is to stimulate collaboration between two major scientific organizations located in the north of France and in Belgium, Université Lille Nord Europe and KU Leuven, leading to a prestigious PhD diploma from Ecole Centale de Lille and KU Leuven (joint doctorate).
The position is based in Lille, FR with frequent travels to Kortrijk, BE.


The proposed research program is a continuationof our efforts in nondestructive testing (NDT) of solids based on contactacoustical nonlinearity, i.e. highly nonlinear behavior of defects (cracks, delaminations)that helps detect them. Purely experimental development is combined withtheoretical modeling that uses so-called semi-analytical models in contactmechanics integrated into FEM environment. As a result, we have a simulationthat describes wave propagation, vibrations, thermal effects in a samplecontaining frictional cracks. The principal project objective is to establishtheory and experiment agreement in nonlinear acoustic and/or thermoacousticNDT. This should allow us to estimate parameters of defects from measured data.



Your skills:

Strongbackground in physical acoustics and nonlinear acoustics in solids
Knowledgeof acoustic experimentation
Skills innumerical simulations (finite elements, finite differences, programming) and insignal processing
GoodEnglish is mandatory

Your job:

ACOUSTIC MEASUREMENTS (nonlinear ultrasound, vibrations, thermosonics)
Participationin manufacturing samples with calibrated/engineered defects
Contributeto the creation of a modeling support tool: develop and use finite element codefor wave propagation and vibrations, develop frictional contact models


Possibility to enter the European non-destructive testing community and to establishconnections to academic and industrial partners for your carrier continuation
Great variety of skills you acquire: acoustic experimentation, thermography, microfabricationtechnologies in cleanrooms, FEM modeling, contact mechanics
Typical salary for French or Belgian PhD students (exact value to be defined) for 4years
Position based in Lille and Kortjijk and requires frequent traveling between the campuses
Prestigious PhD diploma from Ecole Centale de Lille and KU Leuven
Starting date in October/November 2018


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Van Den Abeele, tel.: +32 56 24 62 56, mail:

Please submit your application (including letter of motivation, CV and exam results as pdf files) to Vladislav Aleshin, IEMN Lille, vladislav.aleshin atiemn.univ-lille1 fr, and Koen Van Den Abeele, KU Leuven Campus Kortrijk, koen.vandenabeeleat kuleuven be


You can apply for this job no later than August 25, 2018 via the online application tool
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