PhD scholarship in Experimental Composite Big Area Additive Manufacturing

Technical University of Denmark


February 6, 2022


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PhD scholarship in Experimental Composite Big Area Additive Manufacturing

DTU Mechanical Eng

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The section for Manufacturing Engineering at DTU Mechanical Engineering has a vacant PhD position in experimental composite big area additive manufacturing.

The PhD project will be carried out in close collaboration with a sister project dealing with the numerical aspects of composite big area additive manufacturing. In addition, the PhD 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.

Responsibilities and qualifications The general objective of this PhD project is to develop a tooling system that enables big area additive manufacturing of fibre reinforced thermosets. The tooling system will be developed with the intension to push state of the art in terms of print speed, geometrical accuracy, surface roughness, and interlayer strength.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Develop a tooling system for composite big area additive manufacturing
  • Develop a mechanical system that can smoothen the surface of the printed structures
  • Develop a mechanical system and/or printing approach that ensures interlayer strength
  • Generate a dataset to validate the numerical model developed in the sister project
  • Collaborate with the other project partners involved in ThermoForm
  • Supervise BSc and MSc students
  • Preference is given to a strong knowledge in tooling systems, additive manufacturing, thermosets, mechanism design, and CAD modelling.

    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.

    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.

    You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

    Further information Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jon Spangenberg, tel.: +45 4525 4720, e-mail:, and Senior researcher David B. Pedersen, tel.: +45 4525 4810, e-mail

    You can read more about Department of Mechanical Engineering at www.

    If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

    Application procedure Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 6 February 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 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.

    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.

    Technology for people 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.