Senior Researcher in Characterization and Modelling of Thermomechanical Processing of Metals and Alloys

DTU Mechanical Eng
Thursday 07 Jun 18

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Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Senior Researcher in Characterization and Modelling of Metals and Alloys with focus on Thermomechanical Processing.

DTU Mechanical Engineering is contributing to research, innovation and teaching within the following areas: Solid Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics and Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Engineering Design and Product Development, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Thermal Energy. The Senior Researcher will be attached to the Manufacturing Engineering Section.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position includes fundamental and applied research, research-based education and innovation in materials science and engineering with focus on manufacturing, characterization and modelling of metals and alloys in the deformed and annealed state.

Specific tasks include: 

  • Advancing materials characterization and modelling on multiple length scales through application of novel electron microscope techniques both in-situ and ex-situ supplemented with high energy X-ray analysis in 3D and 4D.
  • Advancing the understanding of structural and mechanical mechanisms which control the behaviour of metallic materials when processed thermomechanically.
  • Driving innovation of techniques for manufacturing and characterization of metal powders to be applied in additive manufacturing.
  • Designing materials with optimized properties including multilayer structures and surface layers. Focus is here on understanding the effects of the structural inhomogeneities.
  • Running research and development projects in thermomechanical processing as well as being actively involved in teaching and project supervision within the field.
  • Taking actively part in securing of external funding to the field via research and development project applications as well as more direct industrial collaboration.

The candidate is moreover expected to be actively involved in project management tasks in relation to large projects (national as well as EU) in thermomechanical processing of metals at the department.

Candidates must 

  • Hold an MSc and a PhD degree (or equivalent) within materials science or mechanical engineering as well as have qualifications similar to those of a researcher or assistant professor.
  • Have a strong background in physical metallurgy, thermomechanical processing and structural characterization in general – including deep knowledge of the most common deformation and annealing processes in metallic materials.
  • Have substantial experience in characterizing metallic microstructures and in developing models for the structural evolution during manufacturing and operation.
  • Have good knowledge of the cross disciplinary fields of electron microscopy and advanced X-ray techniques.
  • Have good experience in running as well as managing research projects together with external collaboration partners.
  • Show a good track record of publications in leading international journals.
  • The ability to attract external funding for research projects 

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration 

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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Section, Professor Jesper Hattel, tel.: +45 4525 4710.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 22 June 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
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

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

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 157 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 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.