PhD scholarship in the field of Digital Fingerprints for Linking Product and Process Perspective in Advanced Manufacturing

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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section for Manufacturing Engineering has an open PhD position in the field of “Digital fingerprints for linking product and process perspective in advanced manufacturing”. The PhD project is carried out in the framework of ”MADE FAST”. Please look at the project website ( for further information. The PhD project is related to the work program 4: DIGITIZATION OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES.

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs research based on a multi-disciplinary use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics in the analysis, modelling and development of manufacturing processes. The research objective of the Section is to promote ‘Precision Manufacturing’ to meet the performance, durability, reliability, size, and cost requirements of modern products.

Responsibilities and qualifications
It is the goal for this PhD project to develop digital assessment routines based on process fingerprints. Activities are aimed at verification of plastic products specification as a consequence of 3D printing processes optimization. 3D printing technologies like Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) will be part of the analysis.

The PhD project will have the following objectives:

  • Characterization of precision and accuracy in a digitally-enabled process chain by the use of process fingerprints
  • Make use of process fingerprints data as an input to support appropriate metrological methods that qualify product quality conformance
  • It is expected that this PhD project will coordinate with three other PhD projects related to the same technology platforms

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

  • M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, computer science or similar,
  • Knowledge and experience with digital manufacturing technologies such as e.g. additive manufacturing technologies and simulations
  • Knowledge and experience with metrology and product quality control,
  • Experience in the field of additive manufacturing for precision polymer parts manufacture,
  • Knowledge about statistical quality control methods (e.g. statistical process control, design of experiment, big data analytics),
  • Knowledge and experience with programming,
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher Matteo Calaon, Professor Hans Nørgaard Hansen and Senior Researcher Yang Zhang.

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 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 upon 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 Matteo Calaon (tel. +45 4525 4842).

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 28 February 2021 (Danish 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 out 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)

You may apply prior to obtaining your 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 80 persons.

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