Postdoc in Numerical Modelling and Optimization of Composite Big Area Additive Manufacturing

tirsdag 13 jul 21

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Frist 13. august 2021
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DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the section for Manufacturing Engineering has a vacant postdoc position in the field of numerical modelling and optimization of composite big area additive manufacturing.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The general objective of this postdoc is to develop a numerical model that simulates the non-Newtonian, nonisothermal flow- and curing-behaviour of fiber reinforced thermosets during big area additive manufacturing. The numerical model will be used to optimize the print head design, process parameters, and printing strategies.

The postdoc project will be carried out in close collaboration with a sister project dealing with the experimental aspects of composite big area additive manufacturing. In addition, the postdoc will be a part of a larger project called ThermoForm that aims at robotic 3D-printing of lightweight composite formwork for concrete structures. The project partners include DTU Civil Engineering and a number of industrial companies.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Develop a numerical model that simulates composite big area additive manufacturing
  • Characterize the rheological- and curing-behavior of thermosets
  • Generate a dataset to validate the numerical model
  • Couple the numerical model with optimization algorithms
  • Collaborate with the other project partners involved in ThermoForm
  • Supervise BSc and MSc students, and co-supervise PhD students

Preference will be given to a theoretical background in computational fluid dynamics, thermo-mechanics, and optimization, and preferably with special focus on additive manufacturing.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

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. The period of employment is 2.5 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jon Spangenberg ( and Professor Jesper H. Hattel (

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 13 August 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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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.