Postdoc in the field of Computational Plasticity and Micro-Mechanics

Applications are invited for a two-year postdoc position, within the field of computational plasticity and micro-mechanics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark. The funding research project MicronCrash is sponsored by Villum Foundation Experiment 2019.

The strength and hardening of metal components increase with diminishing size, where in contrast the inertia forces under severe dynamic loading conditions decrease at small scales. What are the effects of such scale dependency on crashworthiness? Can micron-scale strengthening prevent or stabilize buckling and collapse of small-scale structures subject to severe loadings? The MicronCrash project will focus on combining microstructure length scale with the length scale set by material inertia to demonstrate such phenomena. The aim is to cement micron-scale dynamics, and the related length scale effects, as a key – yet untouched – research field that requires attention.

A stimulating scientific environment will be created partly through workshops, conferences, and partly through collaborations and visits with/from highly ranked international researchers.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your main responsibilities will be to

    Develop advanced constitutive models. Implement constitutive models, including length scale effect, into explicit dynamic solvers. Conduct numerical analyses demonstrating the interaction of length scales Document findings through Open Access publications.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD degree within the field of Mechanical Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Mathematical modeling, Material Science or equivalent. The applicant should have a strong background in all (or most) of the below fields:

    Programming the Finite element Method Numerical modeling using the Finite Element Method Explicit and dynamic analysis Non-conventional metal plasticity including size effect Experimental mechanics at the micron scale

Programming experience is a prerequisite for the position.

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 terms of employment
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 position is limited to a 24 months period. The candidate will be employed at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Kim Lau Nielsen, tel.: +45 4525 4258.

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Application procedure Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 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:

    One-page cover letter (Application) Two-page CV Diploma (MSc/PhD) List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, 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 140 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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Deadline: 31 October 2019
Unit: DTU Mechanical Eng
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Post expires on Thursday October 31st, 2019