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Postdoc in Energy Geotechnics - DTU Sustain
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Job Description

If you are establishing your career as a scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you. At DTU Sustain you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of science providing solutions to major societal challenges related to climate change, sustainability, and infrastructure. 

We offer a postdoc position for a motivated candidate to join the Energy Foundations project and conduct pioneering research on testing and modelling of coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical performance of energy foundations. You will work with enthusiastic academia and students in the Section of Geotechnics and Geology. 

This energy foundation project will develop a Solar-Geothermal Energy Pile (SGPile) system, to address the current limitations of the current ground source heat pumps (GSHP) in building heating/cooling systems. Detailed experiments and numerical analyses will be conducted to investigate the thermal and structural performance of energy foundations, and to provide guidance on the new design method. Digital twins will be developed to integrate the test data with the simulation, and to optimize the thermal performance of the system without compromising the structural safety. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within energy geotechnics for the green energy transition. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • design and conduct model and field tests of thermal-mechanical performance of energy foundations under heating/cooling cycles.
  • conduct numerical simulation of the energy foundation system.
  • publish the research results in reputable journals and conferences.
  • teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students.
  • initiate new collaborations with relevant partners outside the university.

The ideal candidate may have experience with:

  • lab tests of geomaterials, such as stress-strain, pore pressure, and temperature.
  • field instrumentation of soils and structures (e.g. strain, deformation, and temperature).
  • tests and analyses of ground source heat pump systems.
  • finite element analysis of soils and structures.
  • programming in Fortran, Matlab, and Python.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree in civil or mechanical engineering (or equivalent). 

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 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 period of employment is 15 months. 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor. Yuepeng Dong, [email protected]

You can read more about DTU Sustain 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 
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 30 July 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)
  • CV including education background, employment histories, and list of publications
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications 
  • Letters from two referees 

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.

DTU Sustain - Department of Environmental and Resource Engineering - is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The Department has approximately 300 staff from more than 30 nationalities.

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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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3713
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 06/18/2024, 09:16 AM
  • Apply Before 07/30/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Nordvej, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK

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