PhD scholarship in High Precision Finishing and on Machine Balancing of High Speed AM Impellers at DTU Construct

The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites applications for a Ph.D. position on the topic of “High precision post processing high speed and high-performance AM impellers”, Denmark

Qualification Details

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. Assessment The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Giuliano Bissacco according to the qualification requirements stated above.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The position is funded in the context of the EuroTech strategic network and a collaboration between DTU and EPFL in Switzerland. The PhD student will be working in the framework of the ongoing collaboration between DTU Construct, the Laboratory of Applied Mechanical Design at EPFL, and the Industrial partner FANUC Europe GmbH. This position offers unique opportunities with respect to high level research, training and innovation within manufacturing engineering, in an exciting combination of academic and industrial environments. The selected candidate will receive strong guidance from academic supervisors as well as from an industrial expert from FANUC Europe GmbH. The company produces machine tools and factory automation solutions. Short working periods are expected at both EPFL (Lausanne) and FANUC Europe GmbH (Stuttgart).It is expected that the selected candidate will start in the position in early 2023. Responsibilities The PhD project will focus on the development of the manufacturing solutions for impellers where the form generating process is an additive manufacturing process. The purpose is to achieve a finished product in a single part post processing machine including dynamic balancing, without any additional manufacturing steps. The PhD student will develop solutions based on micro milling and micro polishing for high precision post processing of low stiffness elements such as turbine blades, addressing the challenge related to the management and compensation of location and relative orientation dependent tool and workpiece compliance. The task will require development of fast offline models suitable for application in efficient production lines and for automated identification of material removal regions for on-machine dynamic balancing, experimental validation of the models’ performance through extensive testing and complete part characterization using high resolution computer tomography. The position includes both theoretical and experimental work and carries project as well as academic responsibilities. The scientific work conducted must be positioned relative to current literature and published in conference and journal articles.Candidates are required to have an excellent academic background and must have a strong knowledge of production engineering technologies and manufacturing systems for additive and subtractive manufacturing. Good knowledge of process monitoring, manufacturing metrology, FEA, CAD/CAM and programming tools such as Matlab is highly desirable. The candidate should have good analytical skills as well as good communication skills in English.

How to Apply?

Application Method: online_applicationRef. No. 1140

Application Procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted . 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.

About the Department

DTU Civil and Mechanical Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society and the sustainable development. We undertake research, education, innovation, and scientific advice of the highest quality within building design and processes, building construction and safety, building energy and installation, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, materials technology, manufacturing engineering, engineering design and thermal energy systems.

Note or Other details

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. Starting date is in early 2023. The position is a full-time position.You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Contact Details

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Giuliano Bissacco ( +45 45254895), Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.You can read more about Department of Civil and Mechanical engineering at 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.