PhD scholarship in the field of Integrated Digital Manufacturing Technologies for Industry 4.0 Production of Polymer Micro Components

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, has an open position in the field of “Integrated Digital Manufacturing Technologies for Industry 4.0 Production of Polymer Micro Components”.

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs research based on a multi-disciplinary use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics in the analysis, modelling and development of manufacturing processes. The research objective of the Section is to promote ‘Precision Manufacturing’ to meet the performance, durability, reliability, size, and cost requirements of modern products.

The PhD project is carried out in the framework of the Horizon2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network DIGIMAN4.0 “DIGItal MANufacturing Technologies for Zero-defect Industry 4.0 Production”. Please look at the project website ( before reading further. The PhD project is related to the Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position no. 2 of the DIGIMAN4.0 project.

Responsibilities and tasks
The position focuses on research in the area of precision and micro manufacturing engineering and manufacturing digital technologies, with focus on micro replication and micro mechanical assembly processes, their enabling process chains, and the quality control and tooling technologies associated to them.

It is the goal for the current PhD project to develop the digital micro manufacturing technology platform for new complex micro polymer components for e.g. medical and sensors applications.

The project will require the development of necessary manufacturing and digital technologies enabling industrial mass micro production and mass customization of micro injection moulded components.

The PhD project will have the following objectives:

  • Integration of additive manufacturing technologies within conventional micro manufacturing of polymer micro components process chain by developing a digitally-enabled manufacturing cell.
  • Development of a digital dataflow between integrated technologies (i.e. additive manufacturing, micro moulding, automated assembly, simulation tools and optical visual system).
Candidates should have: 
  • M.Sc. in mechanical engineering or equivalent
  • Experience in the field of micro manufacturing
  • Knowledge about statistical quality control methods (e.g. statistical process control, design of experiment, big data analytics)
  • Knowledge and experience with the injection moulding process
  • Knowledge and experience with digital manufacturing technologies such as e.g. additive manufacturing technologies, simulation
  • Knowledge and experience with measuring technologies and quality control methods
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken
Special requirements: Mobility and experience
At the time of recruitment, the Early Stage Researcher (ESR) must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (June 2019).

Eligible candidates must be, at the time of the recruitment, in the first four years of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral 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 the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Guido Tosello, Researcher Matteo Calaon and Senior Researcher David Bue Pedersen.

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 Guido Tosello, tel.: +45 4525 4893.

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Please submit your online application no later than 28 March 2019 (local 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
  • 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.

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 85 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

Deadline: 28 March 2019
Unit: DTU Mechanical Eng
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Thursday March 28th, 2019