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Building Performance Simulation, Ph.D.

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University rank #201 (ARWU) Liège, Belgium
This Building Performance Simulation programme offered by University of Liège is part of the international research collaboration Annex 80: Resilient cooling.
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The Building Performance Simulation programme offered by University of Liège aims at contributing to a better society by indicating the vulnerability of occupants in the indoor environment to the projected impacts of climate change. By the vulnerability classification of Belgian (Walloon) buildings, the research provides information on if, when and where adaptation measures are needed.

Key facts:

  •  The successful candidate will perform research on the development of a numerical models that combines building energy simulation models for the indoor environment (thermal comfort, air quality, energy consumption); building envelope heat-air-moisture transfer models for the building envelope (hygrothermal behaviour, durability); and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for either the outdoor or the indoor environment (outdoor and indoor air flow, etc.).
  • You are going to develop innovative adaptation measures and modeling methods to improve indoor environmental conditions and energy performance of existing buildings and to estimate the future effect of climate change.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Starting date for international candidates: January 2020.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Candidate's duties will include:

  • Actively participate in sub-task A: impact assessment (in which you will help develop a method) and sub-task C: field studies (in which you will carry out and process measurements and simulations).
  • 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 and the realized indoor climate in case study buildings.
  •     Publication of research results in English.
  •    Presentation of research results at international conferences.
  • Defending a doctoral thesis under the supervision of the supervisors
  •  Educational support, among other things, in the form of supervising master's theses and exercises. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Applicants for doctoral position must have completed a master degree in a field closely related to building engineering, architectural engineering, computer sciences, engineering. Excellent written and verbal English communication skills are required. French literacy is an asset. CFD knowledge is an asset (Fluent Ansys). Preference will be given to candidates with a strong interest and some level of proficiency in computer programming.

Tuition Fee

Candidates will be fully funded (tax-free monthly allowance, approx. 2,100 € at the doctoral level) for up to 3 years.

Living costs for Liège

  • 690 - 1070 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Candidates will be fully funded (tax-free monthly allowance, approx. 2,100 € at the doctoral level) for up to 3 years.They may be requested to apply for extra funding.

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