The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites excellent candidates to join our team for research positions.
Successful candidates will have an exciting opportunity to work on multiple research projects, for example, “Monitoring Emissions for Future Green Construction Sites”, “Digital Twins for Safety, Health, and Well-being in the Construction Phase”, “Extended Realities Enabling the Workforce in Proactive Learning”, and/or “Automation and Robotics in Construction Production”.
Project description and qualifications
The general theme for the positions is the utilization of smart technologies for monitoring construction resources (i.e., personnel, equipment, temporary assets) and integration of data to its real-time status in a Digital Twin (DT) platform. The purpose is to demonstrate construction site performance measurement and connect the gained knowledge, among other reasons, to the environmental (e.g., emissions from equipment and other sources), productivity, and safety impact.
The “Future Green Construction Sites” project is funded by the Danish Environmental Technology Development Program. This project targets, among other sources, a reduction of emissions from construction equipment operations. Several major industrial partners, incl. heavy equipment manufacturers, are participating. Data from sensor equipment deployed on large construction machines is integrated into a DT to measure and reduce emissions by simulating possible construction site production and logistics improvements.
Three projects are funded by the European Union: “BIM2TWIN”, “COGITO”, and “BEEYONDERS”. The selected candidate(s) will work on DTs related to construction safety, health, and well-being. The projects target automated safety rule based checking in Building Information Modeling (BIM), run-time autonomous data collection and analysis for hazard prediction and avoidance (from vision- or wireless sensors), human-machine interaction, productivity monitoring, and proactive personalized feedback and learning methods (using augmented and/or virtual realities).
Several other projects that fund some of the advertised positions are available that target new and applied methods for personalized proactive learning of workforce, including but not limited to laborers and inspectors. Funding for these projects is provided by construction knowledge centers for the Danish building and construction industry.
We seek excellent candidates with backgrounds in: Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Computer and Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a related discipline such as Mechanical Engineering.
The candidate(s) should have completed a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering, computer science, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.
A desire to engage in cross-disciplinary research at the intersections of civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and computer science is important. It will be relevant to have deep experience with at least one of the following areas:
- Construction engineering and project management, incl. lean and modern methods of construction production,
- Construction informatics, in part related to Building Information Modelling (BIM), ontologies, process modeling, databases, open data standards such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), and linked data,
- Sensors as part of Internet of Things (IoT) and integration of sensory information in simulation models during run-time,
- Data processing, incl. artificial intelligence and machine learning,
- Serious gaming (incl. AR/AV/VR), and
- Automation and robotics, incl. human-machine interaction.
Having experience in publishing scientific results as well as working with industry is considered an asset in these positions. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate excellent ability to code with or learn computer programming languages, such as C++, C#, Python, and/or Matlab. The successful candidate(s) will join and work as part of a strong interdisciplinary research team and will be involved in interdisciplinary collaborations with industrial partners and international academic collaborators. Opportunities for participation in teaching and mentoring will be given. Travel in some projects may be required. A very good command of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential. A successful candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish their results in international peer-reviewed journals.
The initial assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Jochen Teizer and Section Head Jan Karlshøj.
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 DTU’s rules for the PhD education.
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 (3 years are needed to complete the PhD degree program in Denmark).
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Place of employment is the Technical University of Denmark, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Brovej 118, Office 237, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. Arrangements for flexible work might be possible.
The positions are available as soon as possible. An envisioned start date is from October 1 2022 or as soon as possible.
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jochen Teizer at email@example.com.
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.
Please submit your online application no later than 9 September 2022 (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)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their 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 is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Its Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering offers 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.
DTU Civil and Mechanical Engineering
The department develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the department provides research, study programs, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil and mechanical engineering. The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena. We combine theory and practice.
DTU Civil and Mechanical Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of over 150 persons, more than 130 Ph.D. students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 100 persons.
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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.
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