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Postdoc position - Design and control methods for adaptive structures

Your mission :
The Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory (IMAC) invites applications for a Postdoc position in the field of design and control methods for adaptive structures.
Adaptive structures are equipped with sensors and actuators in order to counteract actively the effect of external actions. Structural adaptation is employed to redistribute the internal flow of forces through controlled shape changes so that the design is not governed by peak loads that occur very rarely. For this reason, adaptation enables a structure to operate closer to design limits in service.
Previous work has shown that state-of-the-art adaptive design strategies can be employed to significantly reduce the energetic and material impact of structures, while improving structural performance, such as increasing the slenderness of tall buildings, spans of bridges and reducing the depth of roof systems. In addition, adaptation enables structures to improve their performance under loading through reusing experience (learning), performing diagnosis following damage and through adapting in the damaged state.

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Main duties and responsibilities include :
You will work on the interface between numerical simulations and experimental testing. Research focus will be on the development of algorithms for the design and control of adaptive structures. Testing will be carried out on a new experimental prototype adaptive structure in order to validate and improve a new design and control methodology recently developed at IMAC. Project tasks will involve helping with:

  • Control system setup and calibration via measurements.
  • Implementation of control algorithms based on machine learning.
  • Implement new design methods to combine structural topology (including size and shape) with actuation optimization for the synthesis of minimum energy adaptive structures
Your profile :
  • PhD or EngD degree in the broad area of structural engineering, mechanics and computation.
  • Strong background in one of more of the following areas is required: structural mechanics, structural dynamics, control, structural optimisation, machine learning.
  • Prior experience with Matlab and Labview is preferred.
  • To be able to work independently and within a team.
  • Strong skills in spoken and written English are essential.
We offer :
This is a unique opportunity to conduct research in a new direction in structural engineering and to gain experience working with a large-scale prototype adaptive structure. This research project is supported by Swiss National Science Foundation and by Arup UK via their program, Global Research Challenge 2018 – Artificial Intelligence: designing and engineering in the built environment.
We offer excellent working conditions and competitive compensation
Start date :
As soon as possible
Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)
Work rate :
Contact :
For additional information, please contact Dr Gennaro Senatore by e-mail

Please send your application (cover letter, detailed resume, two publications and two reference letters) by e-mail to :