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The position is offered within the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the project “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]”. The salary of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks Fellowship (MSCA-ITN) follows the regulations set by the European Commission. The salary will include social security and will be composed of living, mobility and family allowances, where applicable, as outlined in the Grant Agreement and Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Work Programme, please see here:



THREAD addresses the mechanical modelling, mathematical formulations and numerical methods for highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes that are essential parts of high-performance engineering systems. The complex response of such structures in real operational conditions is far beyond the capabilities of current virtual prototyping tools. With 14 new PhD positions at 12 universities and research institutions in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, the project brings mechanical engineers and mathematicians together around major challenges in industrial applications and open-source simulation software development. It establishes an innovative modelling chain starting from detailed 3D modelling and experimental work to build validated 1D nonlinear rod models, which are then brought to a system-level simulation thanks to the outstanding numerical properties of the developed algorithms. This holistic approach combines advanced concepts in experimental and theoretical structural mechanics, non-smooth dynamics, computational geometry, discretization methods and geometric numerical integration and will enable the next generation of virtual prototyping.

The current Early Stage Researcher PhD project (ESR) on multibody analysis of reeving systems will be supervised by Prof. José L. Escalona (University of Seville). The ESR will develop a flexible multibody formulation for the dynamic analysis of general reeving systems where movement and power is transmitted using wire ropes-sheaves mechanisms. The formulation is based on a highly efficient spatial-discretization method based on the Finite Element procedure and the Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian approach. The model is capable to describe complex phenomena like axial-torsion deformation coupling and transverse vibrations of length-varying wire ropes. 


  • MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computational Engineering or related fields is preferred (all backgrounds are welcome to apply)
  • Knowledge of multibody system dynamics is desirable
  • Knowledge of the finite element method is desirable
  • Experience in numerical software development is desirable
  • Programing with Matlab, C++ and Python is desirable
    • High standard of spoken and written English.
    • Working language will be English, however, some knowledge of Spanish is very convenient.
    • Qualification as an „Early Stage Researcher“, i.e. at the time of appointment no doctoral degree and less than 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining a degree that formally allows you to embark for a doctorate.
    • Mobility requirement: at the time of appointment an “Early Stage Researcher” must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their appointment.
    • For more details please see here:           https://thread-etn.eu/apply/



The ESR will develop a wire-rope to sheave contact model that can be used to detect dynamically the sticking and sliding lengths of the wire rope segments in contact as well as the normal and tangential force distribution at the rope-sheave interface. The formulation, including the contact model, will be implemented in an open-source program that can be used for non-expert dynamicists for the modeling and simulation of general reeving systems. The developed code will be real-time capable.

The ESR will join THREAD’s comprehensive secondment programme including a three-month internship at the industrial partner MEVEA, Helsinki-Vantaa, Finland under the supervision of Dr. Asko Rouvinen. MEVEA is a world leader company in the field of real-time simulation. During the internship the ESR will develop the reeving system multibody models into the company’s industrial software.

Severely disabled persons are encouraged to apply and will be given preference in the case of equal suitability. Women are strongly urged to apply. Mobility requirements as outlined above are mandatory. All requirements will be evaluated prior to appointment.

Please submit your full application dossier only in English until January 15, 2020. Applications must be submitted on the website https://thread-etn.eu/apply/. Applications must include a motivation letter tailored to the research project, the curriculum vitae (Europass format preferred), the digital copy of the highest academic degree (e.g. master) and the contact data of up to three scientific references.

Candidates may be invited to local interviews during the period February 5 – 20, 2020. Decision on the preselected candidate will be communicated on February 21, 2020. Then an allegation period of 3 working days will begin. Non-selected candidates can claim objections to the selection process during this period. Final decision on the selected candidate will be announced on February 28, 2020.

For queries about the research project please contact Prof. José Escalona, Email: escalona@us.es. For queries about the European Training Network THREAD, please contact the project coordinator at coordination@thread-etn.eu

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