Postdoc in Microstructural Design of Metallic Materials through Heterogeneous Accumulative Roll-Bonding

DTU Construct

If you have a background in physical metallurgy or similar fields and you want to work at the very front of the new scientific revolution of microstructure design, this is a job for you to thrive.

DTU Construct, the Section for Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a postdoc position (2 years) in the field of microstructural design of metallic materials through heterogeneous accumulative roll-bonding. The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs theoretical, numerical, and experimental research in the field of manufacturing engineering. It covers a wide range of manufacturing processes and modelling approaches, metrology at all scales, micro/nano manufacturing, and 3D printing. The research is based on a multidisciplinary use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics as well as thermodynamics and heat transfer in the analysis, modelling, and development of manufacturing processes.

Responsibilities and qualifications
This postdoc project is part of a Villum Experiment grant, which aims to design a new generation of metals for efficient recycling by combining a homogeneous chemical composition with a heterogeneous microstructure. Your overall focus is to explore, analyse and quantify microstructural variations on appropriate length scales in commercial purity aluminium and titanium produced by heterogeneous accumulative roll-bonding (and heat treatment), and relate these variations to understand the microstructural evolution and mechanical properties during subsequent deformation. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Apply heterogeneous accumulative roll-bonding to commercial purity aluminium and titanium samples to produce layered microstructures, i.e., different strain and microstructure in neighbouring layers.
  • Taylor the layered microstructure through annealing.
  • Characterize the microstructures (by EBSD and TEM) and mechanical properties.
  • Analyse the constraint effect (e.g., by CPFEM) and establish a quantitative relationship between the layered microstructures (both deformed and annealed) and their mechanical properties.
  • Design optimal microstructures with superior mechanical properties.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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 2 years. Starting date is 1 February 2023. The position is a full-time position.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Tianbo Yu at and Professor Dorte Juul Jensen

You can read more about the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 31 October 2022 (Danish 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
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications 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.

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