PhD Studentships (NEMBES Project) Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering and Construction

2 positions PhD.-Student (Full-time three years with possible extension) - position ID: NEMBES-IRUSE-03a/b -

University College Cork, Chair of Information Technology in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (IT in AEC) invites applications for an appointment as Ph.D. student to support the development of RFID-based applications for Facilities Management and Building Operation.

The chair contributes to the project NEMBES, a joint Research Project founded under the Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) of the Irish Higher Education Authority (HEA). With a total budget of Euro 13,5 Mill running and a founding period for PhD-positions from 2007 to 2011.

Within the NEMBES project our group envisages to develop positioning algorithms and methods for decentralised information management using RFID-Technology.

Supervised by the Chair of IT in AEC, the PhD-students will:

  • Assist the Chair in developing and implementing either a methodology for decentralised information management of building performance data (post-ID: NEMBES-IRUSE-03a) or
    the development and implementation of a methodology for Indoor Navigation using a combination of RFID and Building Information Models post-ID: NEMBES-IRUSE-03a)
  • Analyse current RFID solutions in Facilities Management and related disciplines
  • Contribute to knowledge transfer to undergraduate and graduate students (both posts)

The successful applicants should have an excellent knowledge and practical experience in the design and management of RFID-systems (focus HF and UHF-systems). Programming skills in C and C-Sharp are required. Candidates should have additional knowledge in managing Wireless Networks (e.g. ZigBee) and mobile wireless computers. The ability to set-up and maintain web-projects are of advantage. The ideal candidate should have a very good or excellent primary degree in either Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Building Services) or Computer Science. Work Experience of 1 to 2 years is advantageous.

Excellent communication and a proven ability to work well in a team are essential. The need to work flexible hours is required. The knowledge of a second language (German) will be of advantage.

Salary:   The approximate scholarship on Irish Universities is Euro 15.000 to 19.000 per year depending on qualification. Currently, Ph.D. scholarships are tax-free. Tuition and moderate travel expenses are additionally covered by the project. Applicants have the opportunity to develop teaching skills for up to 200 hours per  year.

Closing date:  Friday, 08th February 2008

Application forms must be completed and are available from: --> vacancies.

Written applications including CV, transcripts of academic degrees, list of publications and details of three academic referees should be directed to:
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

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Questions can be directed to Prof. Menzel (Tel: +353 21 490 2523; Email:

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