PhD Position: Thermomechanical modeling and analysis of pavements with embedded heating ribbons

The Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a three-year PhD position starting from May 1, 2019. The position funding is offered via the Snowless project – which is supported by the EU H2020 Fast track to Innovation (FTI) program, and consists of the following industrial partners: San Hitech (Israel), Heating Solutions International (Netherlands), and Volkmann & Rossbach (Germany). The Snowless project addresses heavy-duty pavements in cold climates; it aims to eliminate the need for salting and snow plowing by means of installing and operating arrays of electrical heating ribbons bellow the ride surface. The main goal of this three-year PhD position is to provide scientific support to the project activities.

This will involve: (i) development of new thermomechanical pavement models based on a combination of analytic, semi-analytic, and numerical techniques; (ii) coding of a Snowless analysis tool that will allow in silico examination of the heating solution for a given pavement system under diverse loading and environmental conditions; and (iii) design and analysis of full-scale field experiments for tool validation and calibration, and for refinement of underlying models.


Candidates should have a Master degree in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, or a similar degree with an equivalent academic level. Especially invited to submit an application are candidates with background in pavement mechanics or heat transfer modeling (or both), and background with semi-analytic solutions or finite element methods (or both). Some knowledge in pavement construction, embedded sensing, and signal analysis is beneficial. Candidates should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, and capable of independent work as well as group work. Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken, are essential.


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.


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.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Eyal Levenberg (


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Please submit your online application no later than 10 March 2019 (local time).


To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.


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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Deadline: 10 March 2019
Unit: DTU Civil Eng
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Post expires on Sunday March 10th, 2019