PhD Scholarship in Engineering Didactics – Strengthen Self-efficacy Among Students

lørdag 03 jul 21

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The Research group for Engineering Education at DTU Engineering Technology seeks an engaged and ambitious candidate for a Ph.D. project on exploring engineering didactics as a field of research.

This project will contribute to the Department’s overall strategy of establishing a national research environment for developing engineering didactics and pedagogy.

The aim of the project is to study the impact of self-efficacy on the retention for Bachelor of Engineering students. Furthermore to investigate how students’ self-efficacy can be strengthened through learning activities with use of formative feedback and group work etc. In addition this project will contribute with retention strategies.

The project will be carried in collaboration between DTU Engineering Technology and DTU Food.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We are looking for an ambitious candidate for a Ph.D. project (3 years full-time) to focus on how to strengthen self-efficacy among Bachelor of Engineering students. We expect the candidate is able to perform relevant research using a combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods and to extend collaboration with key academic partners within and outside DTU during the Ph.D. project.

If you are interested in working in an environment with focus on practice-oriented research, and if you are curious about exploring what affects students self-efficacy and motivation, you might be our new Ph.D. student.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

In addition we expect you to have basic knowledge on quantitative and qualitative research methods, data science and the ability to work systematically.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 appointment terms
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 3 years.

Main workplace will be DTU Engineering Technology at DTU Ballerup Campus. The Ph.D. project is carried out in close collaboration with DTU Food (at Lyngby campus).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Study, Associate Professor Hanne Løje, DTU Engineering Technology (mail:, tel. +45 24 89 63 98 or Associate Professor Lene Duedahl-Olesen, DTU Food (mail:

You can read more about DTU Engineering Technology and Didactics at and DTU Food

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 4 August 2021 (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:

  • 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)

You may apply prior to obtaining your 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.

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