PhD scholarship in Digital Vibration Control & Sensing

onsdag 04 maj 22

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Frist 23. maj 2022
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We are looking for a PhD-candidate to develop and promote the future digitalization of engineering structural analysis. As digitalization affects all aspects of our daily life, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has defined it as one of its main strategic pillars. By this PhD-project you will be offered the unique opportunity to engage yourself in this endeavor towards an improved use of digitalization, both scientifically via the project’s research content, and strategically as member of a Digitalization Task Force that operates across DTU’s departments. The primary scientific objective concerns the design and implementation of digital shunts for controlling and sensing structural vibrations via piezoelectric or electromagnetic transducers. The project requires a multi-physics solution strategy, in which novel mathematical and numerical solutions are realized by advanced laboratory experiments at DTU and with our international collaborators at Cnam in Paris. Join us if you want to be at the research front within smart structural dynamics.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The project aims at creating new knowledge on digitalization of control and sensing of structural vibrations, with potential applications covering several engineering lengths scales – from acoustical problems in hearing aids to the overall dynamics of offshore wind turbines. The preferred applicant holds an MSc-degree in structural engineering with qualifications in vibrations & dynamics, numerical modelling and experimental analysis. The project may include:

  • Mathematical modelling of the dynamics of an elastic structure with piezoelectric or electromagnetic coupling to an electric shunt.
  • Development of digital shunts that improve damping and/or sensing of structural vibrations.
  • Experimental validation of the digital shunts by advanced dynamic laboratory tests.
  • Implementation of wireless remote sensing and autonomous or adaptive structural damping.
  • Development of digitalization in engineering research and education by participation in DTU’s Digitalization Task Force.

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

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. The PhD-project must be initiated in 2022, with a preferred starting date in August or later.  

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jan Becker Høgsberg, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, +45 4525 1971, jhg@mek.dtu.dk

You can read more about the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at www.mek.dtu.dk/english.   

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 23 May 2022 (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 (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications 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.

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