PhD position with stipend in Mechanical Engineering, Denmark

    PhD position with stipend in Mechanical Engineering, Denmark

    PhD position with stipend in Mechanical Engineering, “analysis and design of wind turbine blades with prefabricated carbon fiber subcomponents”, in Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    Jul 07, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research AreaMechanical Engineering
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceFaculty of Engineering and Science
    Department of Materials and Production
    Aalborg University
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateAug 15, 2021


    PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree

    We are looking for a candidate who is a fast learner, has an excellent analytical mindset, is self-driven, and has good collaborative skills. Please describe how you fit these personality characteristics, preferably with the aid of examples demonstrating this. Good dissemination skills in oral and written English are required


    For all the before-mentioned the ideal candidate should hold documented skills in modeling and analysis of laminated composite materials, programming, finite element analysis, fracture mechanics, cohesive zone modeling, progressive damage/fracture simulation during quasi-static or repeated loading, experience with fracture and fatigue-related experiments.


    The PhD project is a part of the project “Affordable and Innovative Manufacturing of Large Composites” which is funded by Innovation Fund Denmark. Aalborg University is an active partner and will besides this PhD position have a full-time postdoc and four part-time researchers on the project. The role of Aalborg University in the project is focused on design, testing, and damage analysis of modular pre-cast wind turbine blade subcomponents. This is an important contribution to securing the structural performance and integrity of the entire wind turbine blade.

    In this context, the tasks assigned to this PhD position involve the development of a new modular design concept using prefabricated carbon fiber subcomponents. An experimental campaign should be carried out where a selected design concept is loaded to failure. These results will then be used as a basis for the formulation of a predictive model which will be implemented in a finite element framework. Finally, this model will serve as the basis for a detailed design optimization where the design concept is configured to a given user case.

    How to Apply?

    The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above.

    Documents Required

    The application must be written in English and must include the following:

    • A cover letter describing the motivation for applying to the position.
    • A Curriculum Vitae including education qualifications, research and industrial experience, awards and fellowships, any additional scientific achievements.
    • A list of publications.
    • A copy of the Master’s certificate (or equivalent).
    • An official transcript of the completed subjects and grades achieved in the course of the Master’s programme.
    • A description of the research as envisioned by the candidate.

    About Department of Materials and Production (MP)

    Department of Materials and Production (MP) is a wide-ranging research and educational environment at Aalborg University. The Department’s mission is to meet the future’s demands for new materials and production systems by directing the whole value chain from basic material understanding, materials’ applications in mechanical constructions, industrial production, and management. The department has several strong, international, and innovative research groups which comprise everything from basic science to strategic and applicable research. The activities encompass research as well as education within materials, mechanics, physics, production technique, and industrial management and innovation. Benefitting the industry and additional collaborators several innovative and unconventional collaborations have been and are developed through interdisciplinary co-operations. Thereby, as an employee at the department, you will become a part of an international research environment, where the focus is on innovation, knowledge sharing/building, and interdisciplinary collaborations.


    Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.


    Associate Professor Esben Lindgaard
    Department of Materials and Production
    Phone +45 3033 4668

    Ms. Ruth Klitte, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science
    Phone: +45 9940 7993.

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    Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday July 8th, 2021 (GMT+9)