One or more PhD Stipends in Automated Preparation and Process Planning for Laser Processing (915-19006)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, one og more PhD stipend are available within the PhD programme Materials Science, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 March 2019 or soon hereafter.The Department of Materials and Production (MP) is a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department's mission is to meet the future demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production, and management. The department has several strong, international and innovative research groups, which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators, several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the Department, you will become a part of an international research environment, where the focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building, and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Job description

The PhD stipend will be carried out as part of the research project INTERLASE, which is funded by a number of companies and the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation, and concerns development of a faster and cheaper technology to laser cut and treat metal. In the INTERLASE project, Aalborg University is collaborating with a number of Danish industrial partners.

This PhD-project will focus on development and implementation of both preparation strategies and process-planning tools for automated laser manufacturing. The purpose is to use lasers for changing the industrial manufacturing capabilities for sheet metal.

The PhD-stipend will be carried out as a part of the Department’s research on laser processing and automation, where the tasks to be conducted may include:

–           Research related to planning and control of laser processing

–           Development of CAD/CAM software for planning of laser processing

–           Research in process modelling and planning

–           Development of sequencing strategies for laser processing

–           Development of industrial equipment for laser processing

–           Implementation and demonstration of new technology supported by models and simulations

The successful applicant will have a documented experience within a subset of the fields of system design, CAD/CAM, process planning, robotics, process sensors and integration, process control, laser processing, modelling and optimisation.

The ideal candidate should have experience from participation in projects with industrial partners. It will be highly valued that the applicant has experience within the field of laser processing, sensors, process automation with CAD/CAM, programming and implementation of software and hardware.

Teaching within the area can be expected so applicant with teaching experience (including PBL) and strong language skills will be preferred.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Morten Kristiansen, +45 9940 8938, concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms Ruth Klitte, the Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:, phone: +45 9940 7993.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.  

Deadline: 28 February 2019
Unit: Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
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Post expires on Thursday February 28th, 2019