PhD scholarship in Smart Polymer Acoustofluidic Chip Manufacturing

fredag 04 okt 19

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Frist 31. oktober 2019
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The Section for Manufacturing Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 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.

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, has an open position in the field of “Smart polymer acoustofluidic chip manufacturing”. The project is developed in collaboration with Ortofon Microtech that provides services and technological solutions for high precision Injection Molding (IM) and Micro Injection Molding (μIM) components.

The PhD project is carried out in the framework of the Eurostars project, please follow the hyperlink to know more about the project “

Responsibilities and tasks
The position focuses on research in the area of precision and micro manufacturing engineering and manufacturing digital technologies, with focus on Big Data analytics, system integration and simulation. It is the goal for the current PhD project to establish a polymer materials-knowledge and manufacturing platform that will put the basis to accelerate the development of a polymer chip for plasma separation.

The project will require the integration and development of necessary manufacturing and digital technologies enabling digital twin applications to advance in the process capability understanding and validation of computer simulations on whole-chip resonances, supported by acoustofluidic (polymer/air) reflection.

The PhD project will have the following objectives:

  • Intelligent use of big data to in-depth analysis of the production system performance towards increase part quality prediction.
  • Development of a model for accurate control of the product specifications, for process optimization and production costs reduction.
  • Implementation of a digital twin system/data fusion for an improved product quality and process robustness by using virtual modelling and experimental data.
Candidates should 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, Physics, Computer Science or similar
  • Knowledge and experience in the field of micro/nano technologies and/or micro/nano manufacturing
  • Knowledge and experience with the injection moulding process and/or associated key enabling technologies (e.g. tooling, process monitoring, plastic materials, etc.)
  • Knowledge about statistical quality control methods (e.g. statistical process control, design of experiment, big data analytics)
  • Knowledge and experience with programming and algorithms for Massive Data Set
  • Knowledge and experience with digital manufacturing technologies such as e.g. computer vision system, modelling and/or simulation
  • Knowledge and experience with measuring technologies and quality control methods
  • 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
Special requirements: Experience
Eligible candidates must have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

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 Researcher Matteo Calaon, Associate Professor Guido Tosello and Ortofon’s CTO Claus Würfel.

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 Matteo Calaon, tel. +45 4525 4842 and Guido Tosello, tel. +45 4525 4893. 

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 2019 (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 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)
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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 140 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative
support staff of about 80 persons.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

Ortofon A/S is a fine mechanical powerhouse which develops, manufactures and markets cartridges and components for the hearing aid industry. Since 1918 that Ortofon A/S has been a world-leader in the field of precision engineering, with developed skills in acoustics, small precision components, unique compounds for micro moulding, technical rubber and micro mechanical assembly. Acoustics and micromechanics are thus the core competences 
in Ortofon A/S technological platform.