PhD scholarship in Integrating Micro and Nano structures on Steel Surfaces – Process Chain Implementation and Validation

DTU Mekanik
mandag 10 jul 17

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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering has an open PhD position in the field of precision injection moulding of micro-nano structured surfaces integrated on the surface of steel moulds and advanced process/product quality assurance methodologies. The project is closely connected to industrial case studies through collaborative activities of the large Danish project MADE DIGITAL coordinated by the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark.

The present research project will be carried out at the section of Manufacturing Engineering (MPP). MPP performs research and teaching in the field of manufacturing engineering. The research involves theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. The main activity areas cover manufacturing processes, micro/nano manufacturing, metrology on all scales (macro, meso, micro, nano) as well as modelling approaches to all these subjects. Research and teaching is based on a multi-disciplinary use of process technology, materials science, thermodynamics as well as solid and fluid mechanics in the analysis and modelling of manufacturing processes.

Responsibilities and tasks
It is the ambition of the project to develop and implement a complete process chain for the establishment of micro-nano structures on the surface of steel moulds. The tooling process chain will be validated on advanced precision moulded products with micro/nano structured surfaces by polymer injection moulding.

The project will require the development of a systematic approach that design and integrates process simulation, dimensional and geometrical metrology (across several length scales), advanced process analysis and optimization, statistical analysis, measurement uncertainty modelling, assessment and application to tolerance verification at the micro/nano dimensional scale.

The required know-how is identified in the following project objectives: 

  • Development of tooling process chains for the establishment micro/nano structured surfaces on mould steel for enhanced tool performance (lifetime and replication capability)
  • Development of the precision moulding technology the manufacture of precision plastic components with micro/nano structured surfaces for enhanced part performance (optical and functional properties)
  • Development of traceable methods allowing for metrology and tolerance verification across several length scales on both tools and moulded components.
  • Development of simulation protocols for the digital validation of the process chain (establishment and validation of the process fingerprint).

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.

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 Associate Professor Guido Tosello and Researcher Matteo Calaon.   

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice 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 Associate Professor Guido Tosello, telephone +45 4525 4893, or Researcher Matteo Calaon, telephone +45 4525 4842,   

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Please submit your online application no later than 1 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
scientific advice. 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.