PhD scholarship in Modular Manufacturing Plant Design

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 20 May 2021

PhD scholarship in Modular Manufacturing Plant Design

We are searching for a strong PhD candidate within the area of modular manufacturing plant design. You will have a unique opportunity to work and do research in a strong collaboration between Rockwool and the Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project will address a number of very business critical areas such as reducing time to build new plants, expand capacity of existing plants, increase efficiency, and develop manufacturing flexibility such as incorporation of recyclable materials, new heating technologies and new product variants.

The position will give you an exceptional opportunity to work both practically and theoretically in such a way that you will see concrete solutions being implemented in Rockwool. The PhD project is part of the Made research programme

Responsibilities and qualifications


  • Contribute to establishing a method for developing and implementing modular manufacturing plant design architectures
  • Develop qualitative and quantitative operational and visual models of modular plant architectures
  • Identify the optimal financial and technical tradeoff criteria for making operational decisions within architectures
  • Develop technology and manufacturing roadmaps for supporting development of modular plant architectures
  • Develop processes for operational governance of modular plant architectures
  • Implement architectures in commercial available IT systems such as ERP, CAD, PDM and Plant design systems


  • An engineering educational background within Design, Manufacturing engineering and operational manufacturing with top results
  • Deep understanding of the interplay between design and manufacturing in relation to cost, lead time, manufacturing efficiency and quality
  • Ability to work very systematically and visually
  • Knowledge of modularity
  • Knowledge of commercially available IT systems such as CAD, PDM, ERP and Plant design
  • Ability to work cross disciplinary across e.g. manufacturing engineering, design, finance and operation

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.

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.


The assessment will be made by Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen, DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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 Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen, and VP Group Technology Peter Karlsen, . 

You can read more about DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering at or about Rockwool 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

To apply, please read the full job advertisement at

Application deadline: 20 May 2021

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