Assistant or Associate Professor in Rock Mechanics

torsdag 14 jun 18

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The Department of Civil Engineering (DTU Byg) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in the Section for Geotechnics and Geology.

DTU Civil Engineering is composed of six sections with the Section for Geotechnics and Geology focusing on geotechnical engineering and geology including infrastructure design and development of geological energy resources and raw materials.

We seek an established researcher within the broad field of rock mechanics having a proven publication record and experience in collaboration with the industry.
The assistant or associate professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

Research will be performed in the field of rock mechanics. Ongoing projects address rock mechanics of chalk and clay-rich chalk in the subsurface of Denmark and the North Sea, with a focus on experimental and theoretical work. Development of numerical models suitable for these soft rocks is anticipated.

The section for Geotechnics and Geology is engaged in research for infrastructure projects in Denmark, so upcoming projects can address various topics of engineering design in rocks such as foundation, deep excavation and tunnelling.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Department is looking for a flexible and enthusiastic candidate, who will take part in developing a rock mechanics research platform for collaboration with civil- and petroleum engineers, geologists and geophysicists. In particular it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to contribute to one or more of the following fields:

  • Teaching rock mechanics at basic and advanced level.
  • Rock mechanics and fracture analysis.
  • Coupled processes and multiscale poromechanics and flow
  • Experimental rock mechanics
  • Constitutive modelling of rock formations
  • Infrastructure design and analysis in rock formations
  • Reservoir rock mechanics

Dissemination of research results is expected through scientific publications, interdisciplinary collaborative projects at national and international level, and services to public administrations and the industry.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to seek and achieve external funding.

Educational responsibilities include among other things classroom teaching/lecturing, supervision of individual or group projects, and supervision of M.Sc. students, Ph.D. students, and postdocs. The educational responsibilities will to the extent possible be related to the research focus area, however flexibility is required and it is expected that the candidate will be able to cover and contribute to a wide spectrum of topics within basic geotechnics on both bachelor and master level.

Please note that the expected teaching on undergraduate level is primarily to be in Danish and on postgraduate level (M.Sc. or PhD) it is required to be in English. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2-3 years.

Administrative duties include academic assessment work on all levels.

The candidate is expected to operate within an interdisciplinary research team as well as actively collaborate with other research groups at DTU, e.g. environmental engineering, structural engineering, arctic engineering, or building energy.

Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

The Section for Geotechnics and Geology has the ambition to work as a team integrating information from Geotechnical engineers, geologists, geophysicists and pavement engineers, so the qualified candidate should meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Good record of teaching rock mechanics.
  • Experience in conducting rock mechanical experiments in field and laboratory.
  • A thorough understanding of rock physics and mechanics theory.
  • Experience in numerical modelling and evaluation of construction in rock formations.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research especially under soft rock/hard soil conditions.
  • Experience in collaboration with industry and governmental institutions.


  • You are driven by exploring boundaries
  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International experience
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

An assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position. After a maximum of 4 years, an assistant professor can be promoted to an associate professor position after assessment. More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.

The position can include short teaching duties at Sisimiut Campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Ida Lykke Fabricius, +45 4525 2162.

You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 10 August 2018 (local 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 in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for”, please indicate whether you are applying for the position as Associate or Assistant Professor.

The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications (applicants applying for the position as associate professor should indicate scientific highlights)
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the department provides research, study programmes, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering.

The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena,—we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 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.