PhD scholarship in Modular Manufacturing Plant Design

mandag 19 apr 21

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Frist 20. maj 2021
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We are searching for a strong PhD candidate within the area of modular manufacturing plant design. You will have a unique opportunity to work and do research in a strong collaboration between Rockwool and the Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project will address a number of very business critical areas such as reducing time to build new plants, expand capacity of existing plants, increase efficiency, and develop manufacturing flexibility such as incorporation of recyclable materials, new heating technologies and new product variants.

The position will give you an exceptional opportunity to work both practically and theoretically in such a way that you will see concrete solutions being implemented in Rockwool. The PhD project is part of the Made research programme

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • Contribute to establishing a method for developing and implementing modular manufacturing plant design architectures
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative operational and visual models of modular plant architectures
  • Identify the optimal financial and technical tradeoff criteria for making operational decisions within architectures
  • Develop technology and manufacturing roadmaps for supporting development of modular plant architectures
  • Develop processes for operational governance of modular plant architectures
  • Implement architectures in commercial available IT systems such as ERP, CAD, PDM and Plant design systems


  • An engineering educational background within Design, Manufacturing engineering and operational manufacturing with top results
  • Deep understanding of the interplay between design and manufacturing in relation to cost, lead time, manufacturing efficiency and quality
  • Ability to work very systematically and visually
  • Knowledge of modularity
  • Knowledge of commercially available IT systems such as CAD, PDM, ERP and Plant design
  • Ability to work cross disciplinary across e.g. manufacturing engineering, design, finance and operation

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.

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 will be made by Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen, DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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 Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen, and VP Group Technology Peter Karlsen,  

You can read more about DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering at or about Rockwool at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 May 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.

Founded as a family business more than 80 years ago, today ROCKWOOL Group is the world's leading manufacturer of stone wool. Rockwool produces products that are made from stone - one of the earth's most abundant natural resources. Rockwool employs 11.500 people, have sales in more than 120 countries, operates 47 manufacturing facilities and has an annual turnover of 2.6 billion EUR.

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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