PhD Scholarship to Integrate Phase Change Materials with 3D Printing Sustainable Construction Materials

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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. 

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD position to join an exciting new research group in the field of “Development of Sustainable Materials for Construction 3D Printing” to work on a project, where the goal is to develop a new eco-friendly and intelligent composite material system to overcome the limitations of existing 3D printable concrete materials. The position is funded by the VILLUM Foundation Young Investigator Programme. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The merging of 3D printing in construction is providing sophisticated tools to open up new technology avenues in the field of construction and interior design. However, as with any new technology, there are still significant challenges related to construction materials, cost, technology and environmental impacts that need to be addressed to achieve desirable sustainable structural properties in construction and building sectors.Therefore, this PhD project is dedicated to create conceptually novel printable sustainable construction materials that not only is able to overcome the limitations of existing 3D printable concrete materials, but also provides other functionalities during the lifecycle of the building. 

Your main responsibilities will be to: 

  • maintain accurate and complete records of all findings
  • ensure the validity and reliability of data at all times
  • write progress reports and prepare results for publication and dissemination via journals, presentations and the web
  • take initiatives in the planning of research
  • collaborate closely with leading European research partners
  • work within and for a wider research project requiring deliveries of modular and tightly connected project tasks

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. 

The successful candidate hold a M.Sc. in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering. The candidate must have a strong background in experimental chemistry and commitment to research. Furthermore, the candidate is required to be familiar with state of the art materials characterization techniques and is expected to have experience with experimental lab work, phase change materials and construction materials.

Only applicants who seek to be among the very brightest in their field and do science at the highest international level will be considered. Therefore, we ask you for a video (2-minute max) describing your scientific interests, previous research experience and why you are interested in this position. Please, include a web link fo
r video direct download in your CV document. 

We also expect that you:

  • have the ability to work focused and to achieve ambitious goals
  • are willing to develop any required skills and knowledge
  • are a good team member ready to help acquire skills or achieve targets/goals
  • have the ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group
  • have good communication skills in English, both written and spoken and provide evidence of your English language skills (for instance TOEFL or IELTS)

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 Mehdi Mehrali according to the qualification requirements stated above. 

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 Mehdi Mehrali, E-mail:, tel. +45 4525 4795 or Dr. Navid Ranjbar, E-mail: , tel. +45 4525 5479. 

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Please submit your online application no later than 20 November 2020 (local time)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)
  • A brief description of your own research activities and ideas for future research in this field (max 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (including a web link for video direct download in your CV document as described above and list of publications and presentations, if any)
  • 2-3 recommendation letters or academic referees contact details
  • 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 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons. 

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