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One Doctoral Position in Building Performance Simulation

University of Liège - Sustainable Building Design (SBD Lab)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Liège - Belgium
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: €2,100
£1,867.74 converted salary* tax-free monthly allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th July 2019
Expires: 15th September 2019

The research group Sustainable Building Design (SBD Lab) of the University of Liege is seeking one doctoral candidate for conducting research on scientific projects strongly related to building performance simulation. The Sustainable Building Design (SBD) laboratory is a research facility of the Faculty of Applied Sciences of Liege University. The SBD Lab focuses its activities on design decision support of high-performance buildings.


As part of a consortium of 4 full-time professors, the SBD lab is presently involved in a major Belgian project “OCCuPANt”, dedicated to the impacts of climate change on the indoor environmental and energy performance of buildings in Belgium during summer.

This PhD is part of the international research collaboration Annex 80: Resilient cooling ( Resilient Cooling is used to denote low energy and low carbon cooling solutions that strengthen the ability of individuals and our community as a whole to withstand, and also prevent, thermal and other impacts of changes in global and local climates; particularly with respect to increasing ambient temperatures and the increasing frequency and severity of heat waves. Further details can be found under:


We are looking for highly motivated doctoral candidates to join our group and contribute to the on-going scientific research project dealing with indoor environment and energy performance of buildings. The candidate's duties will include among others the following:

  • Creation, execution and interpretation of dynamic building energy simulations (BES)
  • Designing, carrying out and analyzing the monitoring campaign of the operation, energy consumption of energy-efficient cooling strategies
  • Publication of research results in English


Applicants for doctoral position must have completed a master degree in a field closely related to building engineering and architectural engineering. Excellent written and verbal English communication skills are required.

  • You obtained (with minimum distinction) a master's degree in civil engineering technology, building engineering, architectural engineering, computer sciences, engineering.
  • Writing skills and an active knowledge of English is crucial.

We offer

Candidates will be fully funded (tax-free monthly allowance, approx. 2,100 € at the doctoral level) for up to 3 years. They will benefit from a dynamic working environment, with stimulating scientific support, state-of-the-art research facilities and advanced computational modelling tools. They may be requested to apply for extra funding.

The University of Liège offers a comprehensive and innovative training program, which enables early-career scientists to carry out their research in the best possible conditions, in compliance with the European Charter for Researchers.

How to apply?

Outstanding candidates should apply by email to Prof. Shady Attia with a curriculum vitae, full transcripts of Bachelor and Master studies, and two references. Short-listed candidates will have to take part in an oral interview at the University of Liege. The positions will remain open until filled; but the selection will start from August 15th, 2019. Starting date is expected in October 2019 (for international candidates January 2020).

The Sustainable Building Design Lab (SBD)

Research unit Urban and Environmental Engineering 
Quartier Polytech 1 - Bâtiment B52 
Allée de la Découverte, 13A, 4000 Liège
Tel. +32 4366 9155 – 

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