PhD scholarship in Integrated Computational Modelling

DTU Mekanik
torsdag 02 nov 17

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Frist 27. november 2017
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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section for Materials and Surface Engineering has an open PhD position on integrated computational modelling with special focus on thermodynamics and kinetics modelling. The position is a re-advertisement. The PhD position is part of a research project on mixed interstitials in titanium-based systems. This project investigates the fundamental behaviour of interstitial elements in titanium-based systems.

The PhD project will be carried out at the section for Materials and Surfaces Engineering (MTU). MTU has state-of-the-art facilities for thermochemical treatments of metallic materials and for materials characterisation. MTU has a firm international reputation as one of the leading research groups in advanced thermochemical treatment and gas-metal interactions, characterisation of materials containing interstitials and in determination of residual stresses in surface engineered materials. Also materials modelling is a key part of the research activities at MTU.

Responsibilities and tasks
The overall project seeks to obtain a deeper understanding of adding interstitials to titanium-based systems. The PhD project will contribute to this task. The research activities will be conducted in close collaboration with another PhD student, senior staff and project partners. The PhD will be responsible for the following tasks: 

  • CALPHAD modelling of titanium-based systems containing interstitials using ThermoCalc and MatCalc.
  • Fundamental experiments: Synthesis of interstitial phases in the titanium system, which will serve as input to the modelling activities.
  • Kinetics modelling: Programming of finite difference models for coupled evolution of diffusion and stress profiles for titanium-based graded interstitial systems.

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 scholarship 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 Senior Researcher Thomas L. Christiansen and Senior Researcher Kristian V. Dahl.   

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 appointment terms
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. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Thomas L. Christiansen, tel.: +45 4525 2208, e-mail: or Senior Researcher Kristian V. Dahl: +45 4525 2218, e-mail:   

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Please submit your online application no later than 27 November 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: 

  • 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, 110 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.
21 NOVEMBER 2017