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PhD scholarship within MADE FAST – Integrating Sustainability into
Technology Development at Grundfos
DTU Mechanical Eng
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An Industrial PhD student position (3 years) is available at the Section of
Engineering Design and Product Development, within the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The project is
carried out in the context of the MADE FAST programme, supported by the
Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Grundfos and DTU.
Grundfos takes responsibility for contributing to global sustainability by
pioneering technologies that improve quality of life for people and care for
the planet. To this end, Grundfos would like to collaborate to devise a way to
screen early technology developments, to assess their relative sustainability
MADE, the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark, has recently started the FAST
programme of 48 PhD students focused on sustainability and agility integration
into manufacturing companies. The PhD student will work closely with the
consortium partners and industrial stakeholders.
Responsibilities and qualifications
The project goals are to:
The PhD student will be responsible for working in close collaboration with
Grundfos, focused on the achievement of two goals:
Create a support to measure the sustainability performance of alternative
product and production technology solutions for different application
scenarios, based on life cycle screening data;
Develop a support mechanism to aid trade-off decisions in the early stages
of the technology development processes (related to sustainability and
other key criteria, such as quality, cost and lead time).
The project is scoped at the early stages of the technology development
process, and should consider the influence of materials, production processes
and design choices on sustainability performance. The focus is on product and
production technologies, specifically on the design of components e.g. rotor,
stator and mechatronics (housing, materials and maybe electronics but
Sustainability shall be measured based on life cycle screening, considering
the uncertainty levels and available information in the early development
stages. The proposed method/tool(s) shall be developed in an agile way, with
co-development and testing cycles in the company. The tool shall have clear
interface to other sustainability evaluation initiatives at the company (e.g.
detailed LCA and Product Development Sustainability toolbox).
The research shall focus on a combination of relevant retrospective cases
(incl. product and manufacturing technology) for the development of the
tool, followed by an iterative approach for testing and enhancement based on
on-going development projects. The proposed method/tool(s) should be
applicable into other companies with similar characteristics. The candidate
will publish his/her research results in international peer-reviewed journals
and present at international conferences and seminars.
The applicant should be highly motivated and hold a master's degree preferably
within the areas of material engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics
engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, environmental
engineering or similar.
Good command of written and spoken English and experience with industrial
manufacturing companies and sustainability are required.
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.
Candidate must have knowledge of Product and production technologies
Candidate must have knowledge in at least two of the following six fields:
sustainable materials, life cycle assessment, sustainable design,
decision-making processes, trade-off analysis and mechanical engineering.
Excellent early achievement track record (publications, awards,
conference presentations, etc.).
Strong work ethics and motivation to succeed within a competitive research
Team spirit and excellent collaboration skills.
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 the DTU PhD Guide.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Daniela
C. A. Pigosso, Professor Tim McAloone, representants at Grundfos and the
relevant PhD school at DTU.
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 may be obtained from Daniela C. A. Pigosso
You can read more about DTU Mechanical Engineering at www. mek.dtu.dk and
https: // orbit.dtu.dk/en/organisations/department-of-mechanical-engineering.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 25 October
2021 (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)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see
guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
A scientifically written research proposal (incl. state-of-the-art,
research gaps, objectives and envisaged research activities, including
references) of maximum two pages.
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before
having received it.
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.
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