PhD scholarships (2) in Shape and Topology Optimization

DTU Mechanical Eng
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Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD positions starting in the beginning of 2018, within the field of shape and topology optimization at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (the TopOpt group). The PhD-projects are funded through the Villum Investigator Project InnoTop granted by the Villum Foundation.

InnoTop is a six year research program aimed at providing new and efficient algorithms for large-scale shape and topology optimization. The two PhD-projects are aimed at: 1) multiscale topology optimization strategies including local and global stability; 2) topology optimization for harnessing local instabilities and post buckling in periodic material. The strategies developed in connection to the first position will allow obtaining structural designs with buckling resistance across the length scales. Complementary to that, the work performed in the second PhD will propose optimized designs that exploit local buckling for achieving a resilient structural behavior.

Preferable project start is February 1st, 2018 or later.

Responsibilities and tasks
Both projects involve extensive development and coding of computer algorithms for shape and topology optimization. Hence, only candidates with documented coding experience will be considered. Furthermore, preference will be given to candidates with experience in at least one and preferably more of the following topics: 

  • computational solid mechanics
  • computational fluid mechanics
  • finite element methods
  • numerical optimization tools
  • shape and/or topology optimization

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Ole Sigmund, Associate Professor Niels Aage and Researcher Konstantinos Poulios.

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DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ole Sigmund, tel.: +45 4525 4256; e-mail:  

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Please submit your online application no later than 11 December 2017 (Local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.

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