Senior Researcher in Topology Optimization

DTU Mekanik
torsdag 28 sep 17

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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Solid Mechanics is looking for a senior researcher with strong mathematical and large scale computing background to strengthen its research activities within advanced numerical modeling of structures, materials and multiphysics problems, parallel computing, inverse problems and topology optimization.

Responsibilities and tasks
The senior researcher shall play a leading role in the TopOpt group’s ( expanding activities within structural, thermal and multiphysics optimization problems.  

The senior researcher will be engaged in research activities within: 

  • Development of efficient and parallel computing codes for linear and non-linear mechanical and multiphysics problems in structures and materials
  • Development of multiscale computational methods
  • Development of reduced order computational methods
  • Development of numerical algorithms for inverse design and topology optimization
  • Disseminate novel research results in the scientific literature.

Other content of the position, e.g.: 

  • Advising of undergraduate, graduate, PhD-students and Postdocs
  • Collaborations within DTU and international partners
  • Collaborations with Industry
  • Research management
  • Securing external funding
  • Some teaching

The TopOpt group participates in a broad range of research activities in collaboration with internal and external research groups and centers. Main funding sources are public and private research foundations at present including a Villum Investigator grant InnoTop funded by the Villum Foundation.

Candidates must 

  • hold a PhD degree or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc.
  • document didactic/pedagogic training
The qualified applicant must document a strong background within the following areas:
  • Large scale and parallel computing
  • Applied mathematics
  • Non-linear finite element analysis
  • Topology optimization
  • Multiphysics modelling

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 impactDocumented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

Consideration will also be given to: 

  • Potential for securing external funding
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 an 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 with the relevant union.

Workplace: DTU Mechanical Engineering, Lyngby Campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

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

You can read more about the Department Mechanical Engineering on and about the TopOpt Group at  

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 22 October 2017 (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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Views regarding teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • Documentation of precious teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • 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 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 scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 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.