PhD position on Digitalization

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

The CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering seeks qualified candidates for PhD position on Digitalization.

In the broad perspective, CoaST supports development, production and use of high performance organic coatings. Working along the whole value chain our research activities cover organic, polymer based coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application.

Overall, our research is focused on improving the sustainability profile of heavy duty coatings, reducing the use of unwanted substances, facilitating the use of renewable raw materials, improving formulation and test methods through the use of mathematical modelling – we also focus on the invention of totally new types of coatings technology with superior performance or functionality.

Areas of our present research are e.g. anticorrosive coatings for steel structures, blade coatings for wind turbines, intumescent coatings for passive fire protection, fouling control coatings for ships and other constructions.

In the course of our work, large quantities of data are being generated that are at present only partly utilized. Besides, many experiments have to be preformed manually and variations in file formats complicate future use. This PhD project aims at exploiting the possibilities of modern digitalization, automation, and data science to overcome these limitations.

PhD position
We are looking for very ambitious PhD candidates interested in working with us on the digitalization of our research infrastructure. The core topic will be to implement the DTU Maritime Test Centre in the Hundested harbour into a state-of-the-art SCADA system for remote monitoring and automated data logging. The development of advanced and automated coating characterization methods to increase the amount of gathered data will also be a big part of the project. Other relevant topics are data structuring in SQL relational databases, data visualization, and data analyses. The successful applicant should have a very hands-on attitude and ideally experience in areas such as automation, communication, image analysis, SQL, Git, plus some programming experience. We welcome applications from high performing newly graduated graduates as well as from experienced people from industry having a strong desire to turn towards research.

Our working environment is international and intercultural. Our working language is English.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or materials science and be able to handle and have an interest in development and implementation of digital tools for research.

Experience with coatings may be an advantage.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates 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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, Senior Executive Officer and Assistant Professor Jochen Dreyer.

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 three years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, tel.: +45 4525 2845, .

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 June 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD position on Digitalization.

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 (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A short statement (up to 400 words) to outline your research interests and indicate the rationale behind your choice of the project (area of research).

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST) was established at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, as per 1 January 2017, based on a generous donation by the Hempel Foundation.

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