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Postdoc in Multiscale Topology Optimization

Technical University of Denmark - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Lyngby - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th November 2018
Closes: 26th November 2018

The TopOpt-group ( within the Section of Solid Mechanics, Department of Mechanical Engineering is world leading within development and applications of topology optimization methods for mechanical and multiphysics systems. A special effort, facilitated by the Villum Investigator Grant InnoTop (Interactive, Non-Linear, High-Resolution Topology Optimization headed by Villum Investigator, professor Ole Sigmund) is devoted to speed improvements based on multiscale modelling and optimization.

Compared to brute force, high-resolution topology optimization schemes, multiscale approaches have the potential to save immense computational time and at the same time provide highly efficient and regular structures, amenable to manufacturing using e.g. additive manufacturing methods, or to further processing and refinement using shape and sizing optimization.    

Responsibilities and tasks

The Postdoc shall perform and lead research within multiscale approaches for large-scale topology optimization problems. A multitude of related activities within the InnoTop project are on-going and it will be a responsibility of the Postdoc to tie these activities together and combine them into one efficient and user-friendly process chain, including basic modelling, optimization, interactivity and post-processing using computer graphics approaches.

The preferred candidate shall have background / experience in the following areas: 

  • Multiscale modelling and finite element analysis
  • Advanced topology optimization
  • Multiscale / homogenization-based topology optimization
  • Geometry processing / computer graphics
  • Parallel computing
  • Be self-motivated, out-going and willing and able to collaborate with colleagues and project partners with widely different backgrounds

The InnoTop project involves partners with widely different backgrounds, including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, multiphysics and computer graphics and is based on collaborations with several different DTU departments, most notably DTU Compute as well as an extensive network of international collaborators.


The candidate must have a PhD degree or equivalent in mechanical or aerospace engineering, computer science or a similar degree involving extensive numerical modelling, structural optimization and programming activities. 

Apart from a convincing research portfolio, the candidate must document and motivate experience and interest in teaching and advising duties as well as public outreach activities. 

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.

Application procedure

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Application deadline: 26 November 2018. 

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 150 persons, 95 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.  

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.

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