PhD scholarship in Digital Design and Manufacturing

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We are searching for a strong PhD candidate within the area of Digital Design and Manufacturing. You will have a unique opportunity to work and do research in a strong collaboration between KK Wind Solutions and the Technical University of Denmark.

Building on more than 40 years of experience in electronic systems for wind, KK Wind Solutions’ capabilities span development of state-of-the-art technologies, LEAN production facilities and an effective, global setup for operation and maintenance. KK Wind Solutions has global presence in the field and is thereby providing hands-on experience to provide solutions that improve customer’s business and contribute to the ultimate goal: lowering the Cost of Energy.

The PhD project will address a number of very business critical areas such as reducing the time to launch new wind turbine control systems, reducing cost of new solutions and enable increased innovation. Key aspect will be the ability to define both product and manufacturing digitally by state of the art design and manufacturing software. This will e.g. enable digital test and verification, faster transition to manufacturing and ability to simulate key performance (e.g. cost, quality and lead time) in the early stages of development.

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 KK Wind Solutions.

Responsibilities and qualifications

  • Identify key state of the art software packages relevant for wind turbine control design and manufacturing.
  • Establish digital product models
  • Establish digital manufacturing models
  • Establish property models in such a way the key properties can be simulated, e.g. cost, lead time and quality including considerations towards sustainability
  • Test the digital design models in customer and R&D projects
  • Support the implementation in KK Wind Solutions including education and training
  • Implement architectures in commercial available IT systems such as ERP, CAD, PDM, Models based system engineering and manufacturing and Supply Chain simulation systems.


  • An engineering educational background within digital 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
  • Ability to be present at all relevant KK Wind Solutions sites globally (currently Denmark, Poland and India)
  • Knowledge of electro mechanical systems
  • Knowledge of commercially available IT systems such as CAD, PDM, ERP and manufacturing simulation
  • 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 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,, tel + 45 4525 6275

You can read more about DTU Mechanical Engineering at and KK wind solutions at

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 13 October 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.

KK Wind Solutions A/S is a market leading system manufacturer and developer of electro-mechanical
systems and advanced technology solutions for on- and offshore wind turbines including supply chain
and manufacturing solutions. The activities are driven from the headquarters in Ikast, Denmark as well from the main sites in Stettin, Poland and Bangalore, India. The activities are supported by sales and engineering representation in all main markets.

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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