PhD scholarship in Integrating Micro and Nano structures on Steel Surfaces – Process Chain Implementation and Validation

Technical University of Denmark - Department of Mechanical Engineering

DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering has an open PhD position in the field of precision injection moulding of micro-nano structured surfaces integrated on the surface of steel moulds and advanced process/product quality assurance methodologies. The project is closely connected to industrial case studies through collaborative activities of the large Danish project MADE DIGITAL coordinated by the Manufacturing Academy of Denmark.

The present research project will be carried out at the section of Manufacturing Engineering (MPP). MPP performs research and teaching in the field of manufacturing engineering. The research involves theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches. The main activity areas cover manufacturing processes, micro/nano manufacturing, metrology on all scales (macro, meso, micro, nano) as well as modelling approaches to all these subjects. Research and teaching is based on a multi-disciplinary use of process technology, materials science, thermodynamics as well as solid and fluid mechanics in the analysis and modelling of manufacturing processes.

Responsibilities and tasks
It is the ambition of the project to develop and implement a complete process chain for the establishment of micro-nano structures on the surface of steel moulds. The tooling process chain will be validated on advanced precision moulded products with micro/nano structured surfaces by polymer injection moulding.

The project will require the development of a systematic approach that design and integrates process simulation, dimensional and geometrical metrology (across several length scales), advanced process analysis and optimization, statistical analysis, measurement uncertainty modelling, assessment and application to tolerance verification at the micro/nano dimensional scale.

The required know-how is identified in the following project objectives:

  • Development of tooling process chains for the establishment micro/nano structured surfaces on mould steel for enhanced tool performance (lifetime and replication capability)
  • Development of the precision moulding technology the manufacture of precision plastic components with micro/nano structured surfaces for enhanced part performance (optical and functional properties)
  • Development of traceable methods allowing for metrology and tolerance verification across several length scales on both tools and moulded components.
  • Development of simulation protocols for the digital validation of the process chain (establishment and validation of the process fingerprint).

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

To apply, please read the full job advertisement at

Application deadline: 1 August 2017

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 85 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 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.

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