Post Doc in Energy-conscious Preventive Conservation of Movable Heritage

Catholic University of Leuven Department of Civil Engineering

You will become a researcher in the Building Physics and Sustainable Design Section of the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven. The section's research targets heat and mass transfer in porous building materials, durability of (highly insulated) building components, and the energy use and indoor air quality in buildings and the built environment. To accomplish its ambitious goals, Climate2Preserv assembles a multidisciplinary project team, with KIK-IRPA, KU Leuven, ULg, and experienced industry partners Daidalos Peutz and Origin. The Building Physics and Sustainable Design Section is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to contribute to the different work packages that KU Leuven leads or supports. You will develop the Climate2Preserv Protocol together with the project team, research and develop a data-based assessment of the hygrothermal response of indoor collection spaces and their energy performance, further design and test the online collaborative software tool, and further develop the case studies together with the project team.

Responsibilities

The Building Physics and Sustainable Design Section is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to contribute to the different work packages that KU Leuven leads or supports. You will develop the Climate2Preserv Protocol together with the project team, research and develop a data-based assessment of the hygrothermal response of indoor collection spaces and their energy performance, further design and test the online collaborative software tool, and further develop the case studies together with the project team.
Knowledge of building physics and energy in buildings is essential. As are affinity and expertise in experimental and numerical research, and statistical techniques to analyse data and identify models from them. Independence and initiative, reliability in teamwork and good communication skills are crucial.
The project has started, and suitable candidates can start immediately.

Profile

The position is open for applicants holding a PhD degree in one of the following Engineering fields: Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering, Energy Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or Statistics, with a strong interest and expertise in the field of energy efficient buildings and heritage. This includes energy in buildings, sustainable design, material engineering, building information modeling and water management and resources.
Knowledge and experience in the following fields will be relevant:
- Sustainable solutions for newly built and renovated buildings
- Indoor air quality and comfort
- Innovative building construction methods including digitization
- Parameter estimation and system identification techniques
- Building energy simulation and EPBD-regulation
Please indicate clearly, what your experience and knowledge in the mentioned fields is and why you are interested and motivated to acquire expertise in the other fields.

Offer

- The project will run until March 2025, with the main bulk of the work planned in 2023-2024. The successful applicant will be assigned a full-time post-doc position for at least this two-year period
- You will participate in a challenging and extremely relevant project, working at the cutting edge of innovation to improve energy efficiency in the heritage sector
- You will gain experience in many transferal skills and can fall back on research units with high expertise
- You will have the opportunity to participate in local and international conferences, collaborate closely with the heritage sector, the building industry, other research institutes and government, and thus expand your network
- The position is available immediately

Interested?

For more information please contact Mr. Geert Bauwens, tel.: +32 16 32 22 54, mail: geert.bauwens@kuleuven.be or Prof. dr. ir. Staf Roels, tel.: +32 16 32 13 49, mail: gustaaf.roels@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than October 17, 2022 via the
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: October 17, 2022
  • Tags: Burgerlijke Bouwkunde
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