Postdoc Position in Cutting Edge Optimization for Metal Machining Aarhus University, Department of Engineering (ENG) Denmark

Postdoc position in cutting edge optimization for metal machining

Applications are invited for a 2.5 year postdoctoral position with a background in computational solid mechanics. The focus of the project will be on shape optimization of cutting edge for improving milling process of metals. This research opportunity broadly involves development of physics-based computational approaches and systematic simulations for understanding micromechanics of material removal from metallic surfaces. The research will be conducted at the Surface Mechanics Group ( at Engineering Department of Aarhus University, Denmark.

This project is part of a big Grand Solution industrial project, which is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. Therefore, close and regular collaborations with industries will be seen as a natural part of the research activities. The ultimate goal of the project is to fabricate optimized milling tools for steel machining. 
The position is available from 1st , March 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter. All applications must be made online and received by 15th February.  The initial appointment will be for one year with a possible extension depending on the performance.

Main duties and responsibilities include:

  • Conduct research using advanced computational simulations

  • Work in collaboration with PhD and Master students

  • Prepare oral and written presentations for conferences and peer-reviewed journal

  • Apply for individual fellowships to secure independent funding

Your profile

An ideal candidate must have a strong background in computational mechanics, with a good knowledge of nonlinear solid mechanics and failure mechanisms, i.e. plasticity and fracture. Experience with numerical methods such as finite element and/or molecular dynamics are required. Knowledge of metal machining processes will be a plus.

Educational qualifications

The applicant must hold a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or a related discipline and has strong written and communication skills and a demonstrated publication record. Application should contains a cover letter, describing how your experience and background meet the requirements for this position, CV and name and contact information of two references.

We offer

  • A competitive salary and work package

  • Access to state-of-the-art research equipment

  • Close collaboration with local and international industries

  • Participation to international conferences and workshops

Further information
Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Ramin Aghababaei (<>) or Prof. Henrik M. Jensen (<>) for further information.

Place of employment and place of work

Place of employment is Aarhus University, and place of work is Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The Engineering Department,, within the faculty of science and technology (ST) Denmark promotes and develops Engineering research and education at Aarhus University. The Department undertakes engineering research and education within classical engineering disciplines (Mechanical, IT, civil and architectural, Chemical and biotechnology) in close collaboration with other departments at ST and the School of Engineering at ST. Department of Engineering offers a dynamic, interdisciplinary research environment with many national and international collaborators in science and industry. Therefore, the Department seeks exceptional innovative and visionary engineering researchers to be part of this build-up to strengthen and develop the Mechanical Engineering section at Aarhus University. 

Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process. 

Formalities and salary range 

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here. 

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations. 

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

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