PhD position – Civil Engineering jobs – DTU Civil Engineering, Denmark

    PhD position - Civil Engineering jobs - DTU Civil Engineering, Denmark

    Civil Engineering jobs – PhD position to work in project “Reuse of building components – documentation of properties by non-destructive testing”, at DTU Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaCivil Engineering
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDTU Civil Engineering
    Technical University of Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateOct 2021


    The candidate should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in civil engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree.


    Further, the candidate should have deep knowledge on durability and decay mechanisms of construction materials and be experienced in planning and conducting experimental work. Experience in handling of large data sets and/or programming is requested. Knowledge within non-destructive testing or geophysical measurements is an advantage. A good command of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential. The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish the project results in international peer-reviewed journals.


    The PhD project is part of a Grand Solution project, BusinessReuse – Enabling business by reuse of basic building components, with eight partners from universities and industry. The project supports the transition of the construction sector to a Circular Economy and is jointly funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark and Realdania. A key challenge in choosing to reuse building components in a building project today is the major barrier constituted by lack of standards, certification and documentation systems for these materials, thus entailing significant documentation burden and economic risk for the building owner, when choosing these components in a building project. The consortium in the BusinessReuse project will overcome this barrier by developing the much needed systems and methods to equate the choice of reused building components to new components and following enable business based on reuse.

    The PhD project will focus on development of NDT with the purpose of documenting the properties of elements made from concrete, steel or wood in relation to reuse. The major research questions are: (1) Which NDT techniques can be combined to determine the properties of building components in relation to the new use? (2) Can we obtain a sufficiently detailed data interpretation for quantifying and documenting the properties? (3) Are the chosen methods applicable in practice at demolitions sites? Experimental work will be conducted ranging from laboratory scale to full scale to document the use of non-destructive testing. The supervisor team is from DTU Civil Engineering and the collaboration with the different project partners in BuildingReuse ensures continuous linkage between research and practical issues in regards to reuse of building components.

    How to Apply?

    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

    Documents Required

    • 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

    About DTU Civil Engineering

    DTU Civil Engineering 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 programmes, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil 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 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 about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 persons.


    • 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.
    • If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.


    Professor Lisbeth M. Ottosen

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    PhD project: Reuse of building components – documentation of properties by non-destructive testing

    Post expires at 8:59am on Wednesday June 16th, 2021 (GMT+9)