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PhD scholarship in Structural Engineering and Materials Science

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


The Department of Civil Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in the fields of structural engineering and materials science, starting from May 1, 2019.

Responsibilities and tasks
The main objectives of the proposed project are to develop an enhanced mechanical evaluation model for the prediction of the behavior of the cement sheath in Oil & Gas wells. The evaluation model will consist mainly of developing experimental methods to assess material properties and subsequent numerical modeling of realistic load/environmental conditions. The main objective of this PhD project is to develop an enhanced mechanical property evaluation to test the behavior of cement sheaths for underground conditions. The test methods developed will realistically resemble the underground conditions and load cases.

The project will be held in collaboration with DTU Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Development center and have potential for collaboration with industry partners.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in civil engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a Master degree in Civil Engineering.

Candidates with a strong background in material and structural behavior of cement-based materials with a strong interest in experimental work are invited to submit an application. Knowledge in the field of Petroleum Engineering will be beneficial.

Candidates should be highly motivated, eager to seek and share knowledge, able to work independently in a dynamic group environment, and should be confident in both written and spoken English. The applicant should strive towards scientific excellence, be ambitious and hard working.

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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Gregor Fischer (

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Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2019 (local time).

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form. The following must be attached in English:

  • 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.

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

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.