3 PhD scholarships in Shape and Topology Optimization

DTU Mekanik
torsdag 04 maj 17

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Applications are invited for three 3-year PhD positions starting fall 2017, within the field of shape and topology optimization at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (the TopOpt group, www.topopt.dtu.dk). The PhD-projects are funded through the Villum Investigator Project InnoTop granted by the Villum Foundation. InnoTop is a six year research program aimed at providing new and efficient algorithms for large-scale shape and topology optimization. The three PhD-projects are aimed at: 1) multiscale topology optimization strategies including local and global stability; 2) topology optimization for transient problems; and 3) shape and topology optimization for aeroelastic systems.

Preferable project start is September 1st, 2017 or later.

Responsibilities and tasks
All projects involve extensive development and coding of computer algorithms for shape and topology optimization. Hence, only candidates with documented coding experience will be considered. Furthermore, preference will be given to candidates with experience in at least one and preferably more of the following topics: 

  • computational solid mechanics
  • computational fluid mechanics
  • finite element methods
  • numerical optimization tools
  • shape and/or topology optimization
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 Professor Ole Sigmund and Associate Professors Niels Aage and Casper S. Andreasen.

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 Ole Sigmund, tel.: +45 4525 4256, mail: sigmund@mek.dtu.dk. 

You can read more about Department of Mechanical Engineering on www.mek.dtu.dk.  

Please submit your online application no later than May 23rd, 2017. The application must include your preferences with regards to the three topics.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.

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