PhD scholarship in Micromechanics of Ductile Fracture

DTU Mechanical Eng
Monday 10 Jul 17

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DTU Mekanik) at the Technical University of Denmark has an open PhD position focusing on Micromechanics of Ductile Fracture.

The project has a strong emphasis on solid mechanics, mainly plasticity theory, fracture mechanics and numerical modelling.

Responsibilities and tasks 
This PhD project is part of a larger research project with international partners in the US that has the goal to redefine and extend the modelling basis for ductile fracture in metals, from the basic concepts to practical applications. Focus is on the fact that, today’s well known, material size effects at the micron scale are neglected from the state-of-the-art modeling techniques of ductile failure even though the underlying mechanisms unfold in the micrometer range, thus hindering quantitative modeling capabilities. The goal of the present PhD project is to develop high-fidelity micro-mechanics based models for porous materials where void size and spacing are new input variables that enable proper modeling of intrinsic size effects.

The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong background within 

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Plasticity theory
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Numerical modeling using the Finite Element Method
  • Programming

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. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have a strong background in solid mechanics.  

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships 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 Christian Niordson and Associate Professor Kim Lau Nielsen.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.    

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Christian Niordson, tel.: +45 4525 4287 or Associate Professor Kim Lau Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 4258.

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Please submit your online application no later than 10 August 2017. 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 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.