PhD scholarship in Micromechanical Analysis of Swelling and Compressibility of Clay

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The Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites interested candidates for a PhD position in a research project related with the analysis of the micromechanical behaviour of soil/rock material with high clay mineral content. The position is affiliated with the Section of Geotechnics and Geology.

Responsibilities and tasks
The PhD project deals with the experimental investigation of the swelling and compressibility of soil/rock rich in clay minerals. The macromechanical observations will be combined with micromechanical analysis in order to provide an association with the physical and chemical phenomena at the micro-scale.

The qualified candidate should have knowledge/experience on: 

  • Experimental soil mechanics
  • Constitutive modelling of soil/rock
  • Rock mechanics and/or rock physics

Documented demonstration of chemistry knowledge will be considered an asset.

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

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Varvara Zania and Assistant Professors Irene Rocchi and Katrine Alling Andreassen. 

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 an 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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Varvara Zania, tel.: +45 4525 5092

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Please submit your online application no later than 19 October 2017. 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. The file must include: 

  • 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.

The Department of Civil Engineering is a university department engaged in building and construction. DTU Civil Engineering has more than 210 employees, including 100 academic staff members and approximately 60 PhD students.

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 11,000 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.