PhD scholarship in Hydrodynamics Modelling of Floating Seaweed Farms

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Do you share the same vision with us that industrial-scale seaweed (kelp) farms can be part of the solutions to meet world’s growing needs of food and energy? Are you considering establishing a career as a scientist in marine technology? Here may be the right position in front of you: the Department of Mechanical Engineering at DTU seeks a motivated and talented candidate for a 3-year PhD project on hydrodynamic modelling of floating kelp farms in ocean waves and current.

Hosted by the Section of Fluid Mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering at Department of Mechanical Engineering, you will work in an international environment with competent colleagues. Through this multidisciplinary project, you are expected to develop strong competencies in marine hydrodynamics, structural dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics.

You will be part of the DTU-NTNU dual PhD programme , with a 2-year stay at DTU and a 1-year stay at NTNU, Norway, and will be jointly mentored by supervisors from both universities. The project also cooperates with the SFI-BLUES center coordinated by SINTEF Ocean.

Responsibilities and tasks
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within theoretical and numerical modeling of the hydrodynamic and structural dynamic responses of the components of the floating kelp-farming system, and their coupling effects. Your primary tasks will be (but not limited to):

  • Extending in-house hydrodynamic models at the department
  • Structural modeling of flexible seaweeds and netting structures
  • Developing a rational hydrodynamic model to describe effects of the kelp canopy
  • Coupling of hydrodynamic and structural modules
  • Teaching assistant and applying for small travel funds if needed

Qualifications
You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree, preferably in marine technology, coastal/offshore engineering, or fluid mechanics; emphasising, however, that applicants with a specialization in water waves and computational fluid dynamics will be prioritized.  

The candidate is expected to describe their relevant experiences in the cover letter.

Moreover, the following skills will receive additional consideration:

  • Experience with theoretical and/or numerical modelling of ocean waves
  • Experience with numerical implementation of Laplace and/or Navier-Stokes equations solvers
  • Experience with programming in FORTRAN, Python or similar.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval by both DTU and NTNU, and the successful candidate will be enrolled in DTU-NTNU dual PhD programme with DTU as the home host university. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Yanlin Shao at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, DTU, and Professor Trygve Kristiansen at Marine Technology Department at NTNU.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Yanlin Shao (yshao@mek.dtu.dk ).

You can read more about DTU Mechanical Engineering on www.mek.dtu.dk/english , and the NTNU Marine Technology department on www.ntnu.edu/imt .  

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 19 April 2021 (Danish 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 )
  • Contact information of two referees

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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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 12,000 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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