Associate Professor in Wood and Bio-based Structures

Monday 10 Jan 22

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With this new position we offer you the possibility to shape and develop the exciting and important field of structures made from wood and other bio-based materials at the Department of Civil Engineering, with the aim of assessing, updating and designing such structures, balancing the use of resources and the demand for efficiency, safety, robustness and resilience in a sustainable way. The setting will be the Section for Structures and Safety which is one of six sections at the Department for Civil Engineering. In the Section for Structures and Safety your colleagues are professionals and experts in structural design covering steel, concrete and glass structures, loads on structures as well as advanced structural analysis and assessment. The research in the section is supported by an excellent research infrastructure including access to high performance computing and one of the largest and modern experimental facilities in Europe for mechanical testing of structures and materials.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your responsibility will be to shape and develop the area of structural engineering using wood and other bio-based materials at the Section for Structures and Safety.

You will contribute to research and development of at least one of the following areas:

  • Advanced, numerical modelling of the mechanical behaviour of wood and bio-based materials and structural elements made hereof taking hygrothermal behaviour, fire safety and deterioration into account .
  • Design of structures made from wood and other bio-based materials with focus on safety, robustness and sustainability, taking multiple loading scenarios into account.
  • New and innovative jointing methods for structural elements made from wood and other bio-based materials.

Other primary tasks involves engagement in the development of the Section’s teaching curriculum, a wide variety of educational responsibilities, fundraising, dissemination of research results and administrative duties. The educational responsibilities will, to the extent possible, be related to the research focus area, however it is expected that the candidate covers and contributes to a wide spectrum of topics in structural engineering on both bachelor and master level. The position provides an opportunity for short teaching duties at Sisimiut Campus, Greenland.

You must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding an assistant professorship and documented didactic/pedagogic training. It is required that you have strong qualifications in solid and structural mechanics, including numerical, structural analysis and the mechanics of wood and other bio-based materials. Furthermore you have demonstrated competences in at least one of the three core areas of the position: analysis, design and joint design in wood and bio-based structures.

You are enthusiastic about teaching and interaction with students, and you have successful experience in teaching and student supervision in one or more of the fields covered by the Section.

Furthermore you are able to demonstrate a strong research profile, fundraising experience, and you have good communication skills in English and preferably also in Danish, both written and spoken.

You must be responsible for the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research experience
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.

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The starting date is April 1st (or according to mutual agreement).

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor, Acting Head of Section Henrik Stang, mail:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2022 (Danish 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD) 

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

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.

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