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PhD scholarships in Next Generation, Large-scale, Non-linear Topology Optimization Methods

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Clasificación del trabajo: Profesionales científicos e intelectuales : Profesionales de la enseñanza : Profesores de universidades y de la enseñanza superior : Profesores de universidades y de la enseñanza superior.

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Descripción de la oferta de trabajo:

Applications are invited for two 3-year PhD positions starting in the beginning of 2021 within the field of shape and topology optimization at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (the TopOpt group, The PhD-projects are funded through the Villum Investigator Project InnoTop granted by the Villum Foundation.

InnoTop is a six years research program aimed at providing new and efficient algorithms for large-scale shape and topology optimization. The specific PhD-projects aim at developing next generation highly efficient topology optimization algorithms that take structural stability and material non-linearities into account. The projects will built on the TopOpt group's recent activities within de-homogenization and multilevel approaches for large-scale topology optimization.

Responsibilities and tasks

The projects involve extensive development and implementation of numerical algorithms for shape and topology optimization. Hence, it is a prerequisite that the candidates document their experience with finite element programming to receive full consideration. Preference will be given to candidates with documented experience in at least one and preferably more of the following areas: computational solid mechanics; finite element methods; numerical optimization methods; shape and/or topology optimization.

We envision that:

  • You have an open mind and can think creatively in a mathematical, mechanical and programming contexts
  • You are eager to elaborate on the newest research results, improve the ideas, and test them by implementation.
  • Your research will include extending and contributing to the development of our in-house parallel computing framework based on the PETSc library using the c++ computing language as well as interactive design platforms on mobile devices
  • You know and have in-depth experience within topology optimization and/or finite element analysis and are committed to improving state-of-the-art


Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree within the fields of Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics or Computer Science.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarships for the PhD degree are 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 Professor Ole Sigmund and Associate Professor Niels Aage.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here:

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Ole Sigmund, tel.: +45 4525 4256, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Solid Mechanics.

You can read more about the Department of Mechanical Engineering at and the TopOpt-group at


Please submit your online application no later than 16 November 2020 (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
  • 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

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 80 persons.

Technology for people

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 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

País del trabajo: Dinamarca.

Número de puestos: 2.

Empleador: Danmarks Tekniske Universitet.

Instrucciones para solicitar:

Please apply using one of the specified channels

Forma de contacto:

  • Ciudad: Kongens Lyngby; Código postal: 2800; Calle: Anker Engelunds Vej, Número: 101
  • Sitio web:

Identificador de la vacante:5229730.

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