2 Postdoc positions in Materials and Process development for Powder-Based Metal Additive Manufacturing

tirsdag 23 feb 21

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Frist 12. marts 2021
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The present positions are anchored at the DTU Mechanical Engineering, at the section of Manufacturing Engineering (MPP). MPP performs research and teaching in the field of manufacturing engineering. The research involves theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. The main activity areas cover manufacturing processes, product and process quality control technologies and data analytics, as well as modelling approaches to all these subjects. Research and teaching are based on a multi-disciplinary use of process technology, materials science, thermodynamics as well as solid and fluid mechanics in the analysis and modelling of manufacturing processes.

The Additive Manufacturing (AM) group at the MPP section of DTU Mechanical Engineering has two vacant 2-year positions as postdoc within Metal Additive Manufacturing. The AM group emphasizes on building open architecture systems that support application-based innovative research. The postdoc projects are focused on materials and process development utilizing said open-architecture powder-based AM systems including powder bed fusion (PBF), direct energy deposition (DED) and binder jetting (BJ).

Responsibilities and qualifications
The position will include work across a multitude of research projects to create synergy between the open research architectures and the individual projects that are employing said infrastructure. The primary focus areas are on process and materials development for LPBF, DED, and BJ. The candidate must therefore:

  • Hold an aptitude for collaboration and communication, given that the projects are constructed over multiple industrial partners and multiple sections within DTU.
  • Have strong knowledge of the industrial implementation of Additive Manufacturing,
  • Possess excellent skills for knowledge transfer and documentation

Further, to successfully carry out the necessary research and development, the candidate is expected to:

  • Have a strong background in metal Additive Manufacturing, especially within materials development
  • Have a knowledge of atomization techniques for producing powders for AM
  • Have a strong knowledge of process-structure-property relationships for metal AM components
  • Have a background in materials/metallurgical engineering and have worked with Fe, Ti and/or Ni alloy systems
  • Have experience with advanced characterization techniques such as XRD, SEM, EBSD, EDS, TEM, EPMA etc.
  • Have an understanding of lasers, optics and laser-material interaction

You are expected to hold a PhD degree or equivalent within Manufacturing Engineering or likewise, as it relates to Additive Manufacturing. It is expected that you have conducted excellent research in an academic environment or obtained collaborative skills from similar experience; ability to work independently, possess the stills to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group. Excellent English proficiencies, written and spoken are obligatory.


  • You have 4+ years of experience with metal AM technologies such as PBF, DED, BJ, etc.
  • You have worked on research projects with multiple partners and have a flair for translating academic research into industrial applications
  • You have a natural desire to work with digital technologies and are excited by the prospect of developing new material alloy systems
  • You enjoy being in a highly industrious environment amongst motivated, stalwart colleagues, yet find the spirit to also enjoy the occasional social exuberance

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 terms of employment
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.

This vacant positions are both for a 2-year postdoc employment each, starting as soon as possible.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from David Bue Pedersen, email: dbpe@mek.dtu.dk and Venkata Karthik Nadimpalli, email: vkna@mek.dtu.dk.    

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

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 12 March 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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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