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15 Marie Skłodowska ‐ Curie Positions for Early Stage Researchers in the Field of Building Acoustics



Acoutect is an European training network that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska‐Curie action (H2020‐MSCA‐ITN‐2016). Acoutect marries Acoustics” and “Architect” and responds to the important role that Acousticians have in the design of modern buildings. The Acoutect consortium is composed of top universities, research institutions and companies in various disciplines and sectors of building acoustics and beyond. Within Acoutect we are seeking for 15 early‐stage researchers (ESRs) for a duration of 36 months to join the different research positions offered by the Acoutect Consortium in Europe.

Training programme for ESRs

Acoutect project includes a comprehensive and coherent scientific and transferable skills training programme for the ESRs. The training is provided via the individual research projects, summer schools, courses, workshops and secondments. The main goals of the training are:

• provide ESRs with the prerequisites to undertake research and development in the field of building acoustics, ensuring acoustic quality of modern and future building concepts,
• built excellent perspectives for a career of the ESRs in industry or academia within the area of building acoustics.

Job conditions

Each host organisation will appoint the successful applicant under an employment contract with a very competitive salary. The fellow is expected to join their host organizations starting from July 2017 (estimated time). Additional funding for participation to courses, workshops, conferences, etc. is ensured. Almost all positions include a doctoral track and the successful applicant will be registered for the PhD program at the host institution. If the doctoral track requires a longer duration than 36 months, the details and financial implications can be found in the
individual vacancy sheets.

EU eligibility criteria for candidates

The applicant may be of any nationality but in order to be eligible for the positions the following criteria applies to all applicants:

• 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.
• The applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment.

Candidates profile

The positions are highly multidisciplinary and we are looking for candidates ranging from MSc or MEng in acoustics, mechanical engineering, solid‐mechanics, materials, building physics, physics, computational engineering, computational mechanics, computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, psychology, psychoacoustics. Detailed descriptions of the desired candidate
profile are given for each research project at www.acoutect.eu. All candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English. All consortium members are equal opportunity employers.

Research projects

ESR1 – Room acoustic modelling of open plan spaces – Eindhoven, University of Technology (NL) – Doctoral track.
ESR2 – Modelling of room acoustics and sound insulation – Aalto, University (FI) – Doctoral track.
ESR3 – Modelling of structure‐borne sound transmission in lightweight buildings – University of Liverpool (GB) – Doctoral track.
ESR4 – Prediction and control of rolling noise in buildings – Matelys (FR) – Doctoral track.
ESR5 – Prediction of environmental noise through building skins – Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) – Doctoral track.
ESR6 – Low‐frequency acoustic behavior of composite lightweight floors – Moelven (SE).
ESR7 – Development of acoustic resonant metamaterials for building applications – KU Leuven (BE) – Doctoral track.
ESR8 – Time and cost efficient approaches for vibro‐acoustic system identification – KU Leuven (BE) – Doctoral track.
ESR9 – Towards vibro‐acoustic insulation of service equipment at lightweight building elements – Level Acoustics & Vibration(NL) – Doctoral track.
ESR10 – Engineering of advanced acoustic meta‐materials made with Additive Manufacturing – Materialise (BE) – Doctoral track.
ESR11 – Human response to low frequency sound in buildings – Chalmers University of Technology (SE) – Doctoral track.
ESR12 – Models for assessing walking sound in open office spaces – Chalmers University of Technology (SE) – Doctoral track.
ESR13 – Novel measurement and auralization techniques for building acoustics – Aalto University (FI) – Doctoral track.
ESR14 – Subjective evaluation of floor impact sounds in lightweight buildings– University of Liverpool (GB) – Doctoral track
ESR15 – Advanced BEM for binaural synthesis including moving source or listener – Siemens (FR) – Doctoral track.


The application process will be open until all positions are filled. However, the evaluation process will start from 1st of April 2017 and it is not guaranteed that applications received after 31st of March 2017 will be evaluated. Apply at: www.acoutect.eu. Questions regarding the recruitment can be sent to: info@acoutect.eu.

Posted 16 February 2017