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USES of novel UltraSonic and Seismic Embedded Sensors for the non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring of infrastructure and human-built objects

Application deadline is May 31 2023. Later applications may be considered until the position is filled. 

About USES2

Detecting degradation that endangers the safety and impairs availability of infrastructure and components is currently the task of schedule driven Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE), this process is however costly and disruptive. The attractive alternative is to use condition based Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Current, SHM typically uses sensors that provide local information only, which may be insufficient for detecting interior degradation or require very dense networks. Furthermore, the performance of both in-situ sensing systems and algorithms to process and interpret the sensor data is reduced when subject to Environmental and Operational Conditions (EOC). This limits their large-scale deployment.

USES2 will develop and combine novel emerging sensing technologies (optical fibre and wireless pieozoelectric sensors), advanced processing (compressed sensing, artificial intelligence) and full-mechanical-waveformbased imaging to tackle these issues. Key to this cross-disciplinary work is a new generation of researchers with skills across sensing and signal processing. They will be trained with a unique combination of “hands-on” multidisciplinary research demonstrators, industrial placements, and courses /workshops on scientific and transferable skills. All of which is facilitated by the broad intersectoral composition of the consortium.

USES2 will produce world class researchers expert in innovative sensing solutions, advanced mechanical wave processing and robust EOC compensation methods. Their skills will be embodied in a series of laboratory demonstrators and in situ industrially relevant experiments spanning three key sectors of European industry: energy [power plants (nuclear, wind), hydrogen storage, pipeline networks for fuel exploration and transport], mobility for citizens (aircraft, automotive industry) and construction (urban subsurface soil, infrastructures).


Project Coordinator
Université Gustave Eiffel

Breaking News

The kick-off meeting was held at Université Gustave Eiffel, Nantes campus (France), from the 22nd March until the 24th March 2023.

That meeting was a big success, and it's all thanks to the amazing collaboration and teamwork among our group. Partners from all around Europe gathered in Nantes, France for 3 days in a really great vibe! Everyone was engaged and energized, and we accomplished a lot together. 

Cheers to the kick-off of this great European project!



Join the USES2 community for a great PhD opportunity

Are you looking for a special PhD opportunity in  novel emerging sensing technologies, advanced processing and full-mechanical waveform based imaging?
You are in the right place! Join the USES2 (UltraSonic and Seismic Embedded Sensors for the non-destructive evaluation and structural health monitoring of infrastructure and human-built objects) community and get ready to embark on a special PhD journey.

What's so special about USES2? 
During your PhD journey in the USES2 community, not only will you be trained by a panel of experts in the domain, but you will also get the chance to travel in at least 2 additional countries for secondments. 

You will also benefit from a high quality scientific support. Last but not least, you will benefit from a competitive salary, number of days off, remote work and many more. You can check the Guide for Applicant for more details.

So, what are you waiting for? Application is so easy.Just click here to find the PhD topic that satisfies your scientific passion and have a look on our website to check all the benefits you will have as a PhD student in the USES2 programme. 


This project has received funding from the EUROPEAN RESEARCH EXECUTIVE AGENCY (REA) under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101072599.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the EUROPEAN RESEARCH EXECUTIVE AGENCY. Neither the European Union nor the EUROPEAN RESEARCH EXECUTIVE AGENCY can be held responsible for them.

Project Number: 101072599

Call: HORIZON-MSCA-2021-DN-01

Type of action: HORIZON TMA MSCA Doctoral Networks

Granting authority: European Research Executive Agency

Period: 1st March 2023 - 28th February 2027

EU contribution: 2 657 779 €