Associate Professor or TT Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Aug 2024

2 Jun 2024
Job Information

Technical University of Denmark
Research Field

Researcher Profile

Leading Researcher (R4)

Application Deadline

11 Aug 2024 - 23:00 (UTC)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Hours Per Week

To be defined
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Do you want to contribute to an increased sustainability in industry and society by applying your knowledge of mechanical engineering to applied research and engineering education?  

We invite you to join our section Mechanical Technology, where you will have colleagues with a mix of research and industry experience. Our section consists of eight employees with a combined workload of teaching and research and with a plan to hire several new colleagues in the coming years. Currently, we are undergoing a transformation with increased focus on research, so with us you get the chance to start a research group within mechanical engineering – as well as to support our existing activities within materials research. We work with a range of materials, but mainly polymers, in terms of characterization, recycling, virgin compositions, etc.

Our section is diverse in nationalities, personality types, and career paths. We enjoy collegial idea generation, feedback and cooperation in an informal and trustful working environment. The group actively promotes social activities to build a strong community network. Furthermore, we regularly enjoy social activities together, outside of working hours.

You will be part of the section’s vision of striving to be a recognized player within the fields of mechanical and materials engineering to provide solutions, and work at implementations, for the industry and society in the transition towards increased sustainability. Currently, our team have competences ranging from a wide range of fields including materials, applied polymer science, materials recycling, drones, and automation as wells as energy and thermodynamics. To build on this, we are looking for an assistant or associate professor that will take the lead on research and teaching within mechanical engineering. This could for example be within the following topics:

  • Numerical modelling (nonlinear problems, multiscale physics, etc.)
  • Dynamics and vibration theory
  • Machine elements and engineering design
  • Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics

This list is not extensive, and applications within the broad field of mechanical engineering are welcomed. We are particularly interested in research peers interested in interdisciplinary work that form overlaps to our various fields, and hence support our collaborative nature. Experience in collaboration with industry and the ability to define the applicability of your research as cornerstones in your scientific career are valued.

For applicants as assistant professors, you will join on the DTU Tenure Track programme, where you stand to gain extensive support unlocking your career potential by enrolment in one of the above areas. You'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert assistance with improving your teaching, your proposal writing skills and expert feedback on grant applications.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen our education and research in the broad field of mechanical engineering. We expect you to be strong team player and use your skills in expanding our research efforts within the section, helping in bridging the gap between fundamental research and the application in industry. To do so, you will:

  • Develop the section’s research field by defining ideas and concepts for future projects
  • Write and collaborate on research proposals, incl. PhD projects
  • Conduct and (in time) lead research projects on an international scale     
  • (Co-)supervise PhD students and Postdoc fellows
  • Deliver teaching in courses at both basic and advanced levels.
  • Supervision of thesis projects at BEng and MSc levels

You put a high degree of responsibility in your teaching and manage to make it research-based, but yet applicable to our students. As such, you will contribute to the section’s teaching within, but not all of, the following topics:

  • Dynamics and strength of materials
  • Machine elements
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Product development
  • Thermodynamics and fluid mechanics

You will be responsible for the teaching of courses. DTU employs two working languages: Danish and English. You are expected to be fluent in at least one of these languages, and in time master both.

As formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). If you are applying for the associate professor position you should also have academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship, including documented didactic/pedagogic training.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

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 full-time beginning January 1, 2025, or according to mutual agreement.

The assistant professor position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. Read more about the program and the recruitment process here.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Christian Kim Christiansen, interim head of section (email: [email protected] ).

You can read more about the department at .

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

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 11 August 2024 (23:59 Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications (applicants applying for the position as associate professor should indicate scientific highlights), H-index and ORCID (see )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience and teaching evaluations
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

Please indicate whether you are applying for the position as Associate or Assistant Professor.

Applications 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.

About DTU Engineering Technology
We work at the forefront of university-industry collaboration and develop tools and methods for technology implementation. We are organized in eight sections all focused on technology implementation, engineering technology and engineering education within a wide range of engineering fields.

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 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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