OPEN - PhD position - Centre of Excellence in Water Technology Wetsus Smart Pipes

Expected PhD position

Centre of Excellence in Water Technology Wetsus “Smart Pipes”

Project description

This project aims to develop a new inspection technology, based on the knowledge acquired in earlier inspection research projects, which is integrated in the water distribution system, to enable an improved asset management for future water distribution systems.

Instead of inspecting water mains by the known inspection methods, it is possible to implement a smart water network which is able to monitor itself. One can think of the application of multiple sensors in the water carrying mains, measuring for example pressure, strain, vibrations in the pipe segments and the electrical conduction of the surrounding soil, and temperature. It provides insight under which conditions the network operates and what the current material state of the grid is. This is also referred to as “load based monitoring” and the resulting information can be used to make a prediction of the remaining lifetime and report momentary failure conditions. The method can for example return useful information if replacement or repair is necessary for mains segments, which is useful for efficient asset management of the water mains. The focus will be on new mains, since the objective is to fully integrate the sensory system in the water mains.

Your Profile

A sound theoretical background in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, Materials Science or a similar topic at academic level (MSc degree), with affinity for experimental work.

We welcome ambitious candidates with strong communication skills who like to present their work at conferences and project meetings. Fluency in English is required. You need to provide IELTS test results (minimum score 6.5), TOEFL-iBT (minimum score 90) or Cambridge CAE or CPE. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

Information and application

For more information on the research at the Twente is Maintenance Excellence (TIME) consortium in general, or the Dynamics based Maintenance group in particular, please visit and Additional information about this specific vacancy may be obtained from dr. ir. Richard Loendersloot,

Your application should comprise a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae, a list with grades of courses attended, contact information of 2 referees and, if applicable, a list of publications. The intended start of the project is March/April 2015. The location for this PhD position will be the facilities of the Wetsus in Leeuwarden (see also

Our Offer

We offer a 4-year full-time position as a PhD candidate appointed at the University of Twente (UT), with a qualifier after 1 year. Your starting salary will be € 2083, - gross per month in the first year and up to € 2664, - gross per month in the last year.