Postdoc or research assistant position in digital twin for robotic 3D printing - DTU Wind

Job Description

Are you interested in contributing to the development of a digital twin for additive manufacturing (AM) of large-scale fiber composite structures? 

If so, the Department of Wind and Energy Systems, Division of Materials and Components invites applicants for a postdoc or research assistant position in the area of a digital twin for robotic 3D printing of continuous fiber composites (CFCs). 

Responsibilities and qualificationsThe research position is part of a project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark, which seeks to develop digital twin software that will enable virtual manufacturing for 3D printing CFC structures. The successful applicant will be a member of a larger team of university researchers working closely together with the major companies during this project, which include robotic 3D printing solution providers and end users.

The research position aims at advancing the state of the art in the area of digital manufacturing of large-scale CFC structures. The main objective of the project is to develop a new curvilinear slicing software and control software and integrate them with a numerical model to build a digital twin of the robotic printing process.

Your primary responsibilities and tasks will be to:

  • Develop a slicing software for 3D printing of curvilinear CFC structures
  • Integrate the slicing software with robot control software to build a digital twin of robotic 3D printing.
  • Optimize the digital twin for different manufacturing process parameters, printing methods and materials. 
  • Disseminate the results in peer-reviewed journals

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) for the Postdoc position or a MSc degree for the research assistant position. Furthermore, strong English communication skills are essential. Applicants should be highly motivated, ambitious, eager to seek and share knowledge, willing and able to work as part of a team as well as through interdisciplinary collaboration with industrial partners. 

More specifically, you should have the following qualifications:

  • Experience in programming with Python, C++ and software development
  • Good/strong knowledge of robotic control and virtual manufacturing simulation
  • Experience in 3D printing processes and fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials is a plus 

We offerDTU 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 employmentThe 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. However, a typical agreement for such a position is approximately equivalent to € 65,000 incl. pension (before tax) per year, with six weeks paid annual vacation.

The period of employment is 2 years, starting at the earliest possible date, and the working location will be DTU Wind, Risø Campus, in Roskilde.

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Further information Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Ali Sarhadi ( and Senior Researcher Hilmar Danielsen (

You can read more about the Department at 

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Application procedure Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 June 2023 (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 
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of at least 2 referees

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Wind and Energy Systems is one of the largest and most well-known university department for wind energy in the world with 250 employees. The institute is in the international driving field with a unique integration of research, education, innovation and public / private government service. DTU Wind Energy has extensive expertise in wind turbine technology, focusing on the impact of loads, structural design and reliability, aeroelastic design and materials.

Technology for peopleDTU 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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 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.