PhD Stipend in Accelerated Probabilistic Response Modeling and Analysis (6-17053)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Civil Engineering one or more PhD stipends are available within the general research programme Civil *Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from September 1st, 2017 or soon hereafter. The position is available for 3 years.

Job description

One or more PhD scholarships in Accelerated Probabilistic Response Modeling and Analysis

Consistent and efficient probabilistic analysis of ultimate limit state analysis of offshore facilities subject to extreme environmental load events from waves, wind and current.

The developed models and analysis techniques shall facilitate efficient and systematic analysis of existing offshore facilities to support decision making with respect to risk mitigation measures such as strengthening but also to set criteria for risk management through shutdown and evacuation. The probabilistic models shall address failure events in a life-cycle perspective accounting consistently for the dependency structure of both aleatory and epistemic uncertainties – with some emphasis on model uncertainties. Probabilistic meta- and surrogate models such as polynomial chaos expansions and simple Bar and Membrane (BM) models shall be investigated as means of efficient probabilistic analysis. Additionally probabilistic modelling of dynamic effects though dynamic amplification / DAF factors shall be included. The main aim of the project is to accelerate simulation based investigations of risk of failure due to extreme loads

You may obtain further information from Professor Michael Havbro Faber Nielsen, Department of Civil Engineering , phone: +45 51537 677, email: concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Britt Søe Bisgaard, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 9940 7691.

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Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of March 26, 2012 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.   

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