The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen.
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1 - Company profile

For already 50 years, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has stood for freedom, equality and connectedness. These values are strongly present on our campuses, in our students as well as our staff. At the VUB, you’ll find a diverse collection of personalities: pure innovators and especially people who are 100% their authentic selves. With about 3.500 employees, we are the largest Flemish-speaking employer in Brussels, an international city with which we are all too happy to be connected, and around which our four campuses are located.

Our education and research are grounded in the principles of free research with an eye on human progress. We disapprove of every purely authoritative argument and guarantee the free formation of judgement that is necessary for this basic principle to be incorporated in the community.

The VUB is autonomous and managed democratically. As such, we guarantee fundamental freedoms within our university, as well as the right of the university community to be involved in making and checking university policy.

The mission of the university includes:

2 - Vacancy

The Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen, Department Mechanica van materialen en constructies, is looking for a PhD-student with a doctoral grant

More concretely your work package, for the preparation of a doctorate, contains: 


Micro-reinforced recycled polymers from a PET plastic waste stream are developed and their material and mechanical properties as well as processing performance are fully characterized. The hybrid composite material is used for high-performance and high added value applications i.e. in sports industry.

The project has two research partners UGent and Centexbel and a set of industrial partners covering the whole value chain.

Our VUB-MeMC research group focuses on aspects of experimental and numerical characterization of mechanical properties. The targeted knowledge leap is to get insight in the (micro-) mechanical properties based on most fit for purpose test configurations that will be designed and to achieve a validated CAE methodology for static stiffness and strength applied on these challenging complex material combinations. Experimental data analysis, supported by finite element models, will give insight in the performance of these novel materials and contribute to the general understanding of the long-term, creep and relaxation behaviour. 

For this function, our Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus (Elsene) will serve as your home base. 

3 - Job profile

What do we expect from you?

4 - Offer

Are you going to be our new colleague?

You’ll be offered a full-time PhD-scholarship, for 12 months (extendable up to max. 48 months, on condition of the positive evaluation of the PhD activities), with planned starting date 01/05/2021 (or to be negotiated when Master degree will be obtained in the upcoming months).

You’ll receive a grant linked to one of the scales set by the government.

IMPORTANT: The effective result of the doctorate scholarship is subject to the condition precedent of enrolment of the fellow as a doctorate student at the university.

At the VUB, you’re guaranteed an open, involved and diverse workplace where you are offered opportunities to (further) build on your career.

As well as this, you’ll enjoy various benefits:

5 - Application

Is this the job you’ve been dreaming of?

Send us following documents ONLINE and at latest on 15/03/2021 :

Do you have questions about the job content? Contact Prof. Lincy Pyl at lincy.pyl@vub.be.

Would you like to know what it’s like to work at the VUB? Go to www.vub.ac.be/vacatures and find all there is to know about our campuses, benefits, strategic goals and your future colleagues.

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