PhD position in 3D Printing of Functional Materials

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We are seeking an energetic PhD student, who will realise novel materials, facilitating novel sustainable energy technologies.

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is becoming increasingly used as a fabrication tool. The ability to fabricate intricate parts with a high resolution allows realisation of complex designs at a relatively low cost. Adding functionality to the printed parts would open up new possibilities of designing and building novel devices with a wide range of functionality. Functionality can be achieved by mixing a functional material into the polymer filament, before printing.

The specific type of functionality to be researched in this project is adding and controlling local magnetic properties of printed parts. The design of permanent magnet structures capable of delivering custom magnetic field profiles is an area where DTU Energy has a long standing expertise. Being able to build custom pieces of magnetic material would open up new possibilities in this area. Also, the ability to print soft magnetic materials with controllable properties would allow for improved magnet designs, as well as be included in novel cooling and energy harvesting technologies.

Responsibilities and tasks

The main task of this three year PhD position is to develop the technology of 3D printing functional materials. This will include preparation of polymer filaments, loaded with the desired functional materials, and methods for realising the desired designs. Tasks will also include subsequent characterisation of the printed parts, to compare the functionality with that predicted by numerical models.

Qualifications
Qualified applicants must have:

  • Master degree in engineering, chemistry, physics or similar.
  • Experience with experimental lab work and/or device design and construction.
  • Preferably, experience with some kind of 3D printing.
  • Preferably, experience with polymers.
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated tasks, and to be a part of a large, dynamic group.
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is 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 .

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.

The expected starting date is the spring of 2020.

Further information
Please contact Senior Researcher Christian Bahl, +45 2132 5492 chrb@dtu.dk

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 10 January 2020 (local 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 Energy is focused on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on www.ecs.dtu.dk

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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 11,500 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.


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