Temps Plein Early-Stage Researcher – Acoutect
Description de L'emploi
Ville: Leuven VBR BE
Early-stage Researcher – Acoutect
Open position in the field of Advanced Numerical Methods for Building Acoustics. Advanced BEM for binaural synthesis including moving source or listener.
Acoutect marries “Acoustics” and “Architect” and responds to the important role that Acousticians have in the design of modern buildings. The overarching aim of Acoutect is to set up a PhD training network on building acoustics and react to the acoustic challenges stemming from modern building concepts to deliver sustainable indoor environments with respect to health and well-being. The coordinator of the project is Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
Within this project we are seeking an early‐stage researcher (ESR) with a duration of 36 month to join the Acoustic solvers team of Siemens Industry Software in Leuven, Belgium.
To ensure a healthy environment for people living and working in buildings, research and engineering in the area of building acoustics is essential. Developments in modern building concepts, such as sustainable low-energy consuming buildings, buildings with lightweight materials and open plan working environments, as well as the need to build in extremely noisy areas, require involvement of acoustic experts in order to successfully (re)design buildings without negatively impacting upon people’s health and well-being. Taking up current and future acoustic challenges requires innovative solutions based on a thorough understanding and mastering of modern methods and tools, as well as a holistic acoustic approach involving acoustic design, products and subjective evaluation. However, in the complex field of building acoustics, research activities typically are not holistic and have become slightly marginalised. As a consequence, there is a lack of building acoustics experts.
To meet the future acoustic needs of the built environment, Acoutect is constructed around two objectives:
Establish a long-lasting European-wide training programme on building acoustics.
Launch an innovative research programme.
With these objectives, Acoutect will equip early stage researchers (ESRs) with skills to ensure acoustic quality of modern and future building concepts, and with excellent perspectives for a career in industry or academia within the area of building acoustics. The training and supervision to reach these objectives is offered by the Acoutect consortium.
The research will concentrate on development of advanced numerical methods first and will have a test validation track afterwards. Accordingly, the ESR will be supervised by the two departments of SISW, i.e. 3D simulation and Test.
The numerical part will focus on evaluation and implementation of fast Boundary Element Methods (BEM). This includes comparison of H-Matrix, H2-Matrix and Fast Multipole BEM (FM-BEM) techniques. Most recent algorithmic improvements to these methods will be observed. The next step will be the industrialization of the fast BEM, which will depend on the outcome of the comparison. Emerging software libraries and computing hardware (GPU and Xeon Phi architectures) will be evaluated for their applicability to BEM.
The test part will focus on the validation of the developed numerical tools. In particular, binaural synthesis for interior acoustics will be carried out using BEM’s efficient post-processing feature. In addition, the identification of material properties of geometrically-complex structures using the developed models will be investigated.
All candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. The R&D is highly multidisciplinary. An ideal candidate has an M.Sc. in computer science or engineering (e.g. mechanics, acoustics, physics).
Good background in computational mechanics (BEM or FEM) is required.
Good knowledge of programming languages (C/C++, Fortran, …) and Matlab is required.
Experience in acoustic measurements and signal processing is an asset
Candidates get the opportunity to perform this work as part of a PhD study at KU Leuven.
All members of the network are equal opportunity employers, both female and male candidates are invited to apply. The research activities will mainly be carried out at Siemens Industry Software NV located in Leuven, Belgium, combined with research visits and/or short-term secondments to other members of the network.
The applicant shall at the time of recruitment be in the first four years of his/her research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the degree, which would formally entitle him/her to register as PhD candidate.
The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.
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