Assistant Professor in Structural Dynamics and Structural Health Monitoring

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Frist 18. oktober 2019
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DTU Civil Engineering, Section for Structures and Safety invites applications for a full-time position as assistant professor within the field of Structural Dynamics, Random Vibrations, Experimental and Operational Modal Analysis (EMA and OMA), and in Structural Health Monitoring.


DTU Civil Engineering is composed of six sections, where the Section for Structures and Safety comprise both traditional and contemporary structural engineering disciplines. Structures and Safety constitutes the art of designing safe and durable structures balancing the use of resources and the demand for robustness. The focus lies on understanding, modelling and controlling the mechanical behavior of the load-carrying system of a structure and loads it has to withstand.


Research in the Section for Structures and Safety concerns the immediate response to static and dynamic loading as well as the long-term deterioration progress under cyclic or stochastic loading and covers both theoretical and experimental research areas.


The assistant professorship is a permanent entry-level faculty position.

Responsibilities and tasks

The candidate is expected to be heavily involved in teaching and research related to structural condition assessment, fatigue life and load estimation for existing oil & gas offshore structures. The candidate is expected to participate in development of strong collaborative and multi-disciplinary research programs, monitoring and damage detection of civil structures such wind turbines, bridges and buildings.


The candidate will also be involved in laboratory work and development of new testing and measurement techniques, input-output and output-only modal analysis, sensor calibration, finite element updating. Moreover, the successful candidate is expected to engage in fundraising and active participation in externally funded projects.


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.


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 covers and contributes to a wide spectrum of topics in structural engineering 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 can provide Danish language courses enabling the candidates to teach in Danish within 2-3 years.

The position can include short teaching duties at Sisimiut Campus. 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. Centre for Oil and Gas, and DTU Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

  • must be able to demonstrate a strong potential and profile for research documented through original publications and citations in international scientific journals and conference proceedings;
  • must be creative, innovative and driven by scientific curiosity and willingness to collaborate with students, colleagues and external partners.
Additionally, the candidates:
  • Experience in development and management of scientific research projects
  • Teaching and supervision experience at MSc and PhD level
  • Ability to work independently, to plan and carry out complicated and challenging tasks

Good communication skills in English, and preferably in Danish, both written and spoken.


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 an 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.

Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Rune Brincker, mail:


You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at


Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 18 October 2019 (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. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Teaching   and research statement, with a focus on the “Assessment” bullets points
  • listed above
  • Documentation of previous teaching and research based on the “Assessment” bullets
  • List of publications
  • 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.


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