Research Assistant in Strategical Maintenance Optimization DTU Denmark

Research Assistant in Strategical Maintenance Optimization


Would you like to develop your academic career and work in close collaboration with industry on developing future operational maintenance strategies and practices?


Then you might be our new colleague at DTU, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section for Engineering Design and Product Development. The section focuses on product design as well as systematic development of products and service systems. Applied research is central to the projects at the section and there is a wide portfolio of collaborations with companies of different organizational sizes and within different industries. The Section’s strong competencies and knowledge within design methods is being expanded with a new focus on operational activities to reflect the development in industry.


The field of research focuses on systematic optimization of maintenance operations with an initial focus on the oil and gas industry. The research focuses on process optimization and asset management and relies on a quantitative approach, where historical data is analysed and future scenarios simulated, to create solutions that have sustainable impact on future operations.


Responsibilities and tasks

The overall objective is to develop models for describing and developing modular maintenance architectures for entire systems. This requires that maintenance tasks can be segmented in order to optimize and configure maintenance strategies for the different segments. The benefit is a decrease in non-value adding variance and an increase in the effectiveness of the maintenance.


In your daily work, you will be a part of a dedicated research team that works in close collaboration on developing the research field. You will face a steep learning curve and experience direct industry collaboration with one of the biggest companies operating in Denmark. You will be able to create value in both academia and industry and therefore have a strong position to continue your career within both.


In practice, the job will require you to:


  • Manage and carry through your own research project, be self-starting and to take initiative in shaping and driving your project forward.
  • Work in structured and data-driven manner in order to analyse, synthesize and develop maintenance architecture methodology.
  • Publish in international peer reviewed journals.
  • Actively engage in teamwork with the other researchers as well as with industry partners.
  • Facilitate workshops and meetings with colleagues and company stakeholders.


Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or equivalent.


We value a strong personality with drive, independence and a positive attitude. As you will navigate at all levels of a large organisation and face complex problems, it is important that you can utilize your drive and motivation to push through obstacles and find the way forward together with your team. In addition, we expect that:


  • You are interested in publishing high quality research and publications.
  • You are analytically strong and like to take a data-driven approach to decision making.
  • You are not afraid of open-ended projects and like to define and influence your projects.
  • You thrive on collaboration and teamwork.
  • You are curious and enjoy creating creative solutions to complex problems.
  • You are fluent in both writing and communicating in English.


The position will come with a large degree of freedom to influence the project in the direction you desire. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide skill set through the varied tasks and through courses. There is room for you to develop and build the professional competencies that you want. With freedom and opportunity follows a natural expectation that you are ready to take responsibility and deliver high quality work.


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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.The period of employment is limited to up to 3 years.


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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen, tel.: +45 45256275.


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Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 20 April 2018 (local time). Apply online at


Applications must be submitted as one PDFfile 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
  • Diploma (MSc)


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 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 135 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.


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.

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