PhD Position DTU Technical University of Denmark

Ph.D. Position in civil engineering, materials science at DTU, Denmark 2022


PhD scholarship in the characterization of fatigue damage processes at various length scales is available for master’s degree candidates in civil engineering, materials science at the Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain), Technical University of Denmark, Denmark 2022

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General Info

Deadline to Apply: Expired
Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Eligibility (Gender):
Eligibile Nationals: All Nationals
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Subject to Norms

Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

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Qualification Details

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in civil engineering, materials science, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. Candidates with a proven background in experimental mechanics and a keen interest in fatigue crack growth in heterogeneous materials will be prioritized.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) invites applications for a PhD scholarship in the fields of experimental mechanics and fatigue testing, starting from October 1, 2022.

This project aims to understand the basic mechanisms of fatigue in heterogeneous materials to enable a physics-based approach for modelling and characterization. We will achieve this aim seamlessly integrating in situ x-ray microtomography, novel digital volume correlation techniques, and innovative finite element and multiscale modelling approaches to assess the evolving 3D displacement and strain fields at various length scales. The project will thereby have a significant impact on the field, predicting the emergent behaviour of heterogeneous materials without resorting to phenomenology but rather directly unravelling the micro-mechanical origin of macroscopic behaviour.

The successful candidates will join an ambitious international research team and gain access to world-leading research facilities, such as the Villum Center for Advanced Structural and Material Testing (CASMaT) as well as the 3D imaging centre (3DIM) at DTU.

Responsibilities The PhD study will be involved in the following tasks:

  • investigate structural changes during the fatigue damage process at the micro/mesoscale and relate these to the stress-strain relation at the macro-scale
  • conduct low-cycle and high-cycle fatigue tests under monotonic, cyclic fatigue loading in compression to investigate the fatigue damage process at the micro-, meso-, and macro-scale systematically
  • characterize the fatigue damage process at the various length scales, novel techniques and tools will be complemented with traditional (destructive and non-destructive) measurement techniques, such as scanning electron microscopy, acoustic emission, conventional strain measurements, and surface DIC.
  • utilize various measurement techniques to relate the influence of macroscopic fatigue deterioration on crucial material properties and material behaviour of cement-based materials
  • study the influence of the size effect on the fatigue behaviour and the corresponding fatigue damage process by performing fatigue tests on specimens with varying dimensions
  • participate in the teaching and dissemination activities of the department.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 30 June 2022 (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 (in English), including an official description of the grading scale

Applications and enclosures 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.

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About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

Note or Other details

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.

We offer DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for its excellence in 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.

Your primary workplace will be at the Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering, DTU Lyngby campus.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

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If 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.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Alexander Michel ([email protected]), Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain).

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