Postdoc in Multiscale Topology Optimization

DTU Mekanik
torsdag 01 nov 18

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Frist 26. november 2018
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The TopOpt-group ( within the Section of Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering is world leading within development and applications of topology optimization methods for mechanical and multiphysics systems. A special effort, facilitated by the Villum Investigator Grant InnoTop (Interactive, Non-Linear, High-Resolution Topology Optimization headed by Villum Investigator, professor Ole Sigmund) is devoted to speed improvements based on multiscale modelling and optimization.

Compared to brute force, high-resolution topology optimization schemes, multiscale approaches have the potential to save immense computational time and at the same time provide highly efficient and regular structures, amenable to manufacturing using e.g. additive manufacturing methods, or to further processing and refinement using shape and sizing optimization.  

Responsibilities and tasks
The Postdoc shall perform and lead research within multiscale approaches for large-scale topology optimization problems. A multitude of related activities within the InnoTop project are on-going and it will be a responsibility of the Postdoc to tie these activities together and combine them into one efficient and user-friendly process chain, including basic modelling, optimization, interactivity and post-processing using computer graphics approaches.

The preferred candidate shall have background / experience in the following areas: 

  • Multiscale modelling and finite element analysis
  • Advanced topology optimization
  • Multiscale / homogenization-based topology optimization
  • Geometry processing / computer graphics
  • Parallel computing
  • Be self-motivated, out-going and willing and able to collaborate with colleagues and project partners with widely different backgrounds

The InnoTop project involves partners with widely different backgrounds, including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, multiphysics and computer graphics and is based on collaborations with several different DTU departments, most notably DTU Compute as well as an extensive network of international collaborators.

The candidate must have a PhD degree or equivalent in mechanical or aerospace engineering, computer science or a similar degree involving extensive numerical modelling, structural optimization and programming activities.

Apart from a convincing research portfolio, the candidate must document and motivate experience and interest in teaching and advising duties as well as public outreach activities. 

We offer
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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is two years with start 1 January 2019 or soonest possible after this date.

The Postdoc position is associated with Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lyngby Campus but may involve shorter stays at external institutions.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.    

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor, Dr.techn., Ole Sigmund, tel.: +45 4525 4256

You can read more about Department of Mechanical Engineering at or the “TopOpt-group” at   

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 26 November 2018 (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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: 

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 150 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons. 

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.