Assistant or Associate Professor in Multi-body dynamics and simulation

SDU Mechatronics and the Centre of Industrial Mechanics, part of the Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southern Denmark in Sønderborg, invites applications a position as associate or assistant professor in mechanical engineering. Starting date is negotiable, preferably before January 2024.

Unique opportunity

The Centre for Industrial Mechanics is a newly established centre focusing on mechanics in combination with mechatronics. You have the unique opportunity to be a part of the new centre and influence the development of the centre. We are in the process of building up a mechanical engineering degree and labs to support the educational activities and the research.

Workplace description

The Department of Mechanical and Electrical engineering covers research and education spanning from fundamentals to applications of engineering science. All our courses are taught in English reflecting the fact that more than half our students and staff are internationals. The Centre for Industrial Mechanics is located at SDU’s beautiful campus in Sønderborg, in the inspiring building of Alsion, which is a centre for science, culture and learning in the heart of Sønderborg and perched on the strait of water separating the island of Als from the mainland. The university has very close relations to the industry in Sønderborg, Southern Denmark and Northern Germany. A significant fraction of the projects in the centre are conducted in close cooperation with the industry, which count world leading companies in growing fields such as e-mobility, automation, climate solutions and energy efficiency.

At the Centre for Industrial Mechanics, research, education, and innovation are performed in teams of scientists and support staff with competences spanning a wide range of fields including applied cyber-physical systems, mechanical structure integrity and life assessment, heating and cooling, modelling, and mechatronic prototyping.

To complement our team, we are looking for an associate or assistant professor within multi-body dynamics and simulation, preferably with experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Multi-body systems
  • Linear Elasticity and Plasticity
  • Lubrication
  • CAD and CAE
  • Advanced Finite Element Methods

The ideal candidates will push our research and innovation agenda as part of the team, will take charge of teaching one or more of the following topics: multi-body dynamics, statics and materials, solid mechanics, and mechanical design and will supervise projects at both bachelor and master levels, and depending on position, mentor junior research staff and students.

The candidate must have:

  • PhD degree in mechanical engineering or any engineering-related fields
  • Great abilities in teaching engineering or physics curricula
  • Excellent track record in research and development
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Experience in attracting funding for research and development activities

In addition, the following experiences are valued:

  • innovation activities and industrial collaborations
  • working experience in industry
  • project and team management experiences

For further information, please visit and and contact Associate Professor Lars Duggen, Head of Centre for Industrial Mechanics, tel. +45 6550 1640, e-mail: or Mohammad Malekan, Head of Mechanical engineering study programme, tel. +45 6550 8607, e-mail:

Conditions of employment

Employment as an assistant professor requires scientific qualifications at PhD level and is a 3-year temporary position. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

Employment as an associate professor is a permanent position according to “funktionærloven” and requires scientific qualifications at PhD level.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

The assessment process

Both assistant and associate professor positions are subject to an academic assessment by an external expert committee. The committee’s assessment is binding regarding the level of qualification and cannot be overridden by the employment committee.  Read about the 

Assessment and selection process.

Shortlisting may be applied.

Application procedure

The faculty expects applicants to read How to apply before applying. 

The application must be in English and must include:

  • Motivation letter
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc and PhD) 
  • Information on previous teaching and supervision experience. Please attach as Teaching Portfolio.
  • List of publications indicating the publications attached to the application. Examples of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication.
  • Research plan
  • Reference letters and other relevant qualifications may also be included.

The application deadline is August 15th, 2023.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

Further information about The Faculty of Engineering.