PhD scholarship in Mathematical Programming Methods for Large-scale Structural Topology Optimization

Deadline: 17 February 2012
Open to: Master’s degree in applied mathematics or engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in applied mathematics or engineering.
Scholarship: Provided

Description

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position starting summer 2012, within the field of optimal design at DTU Wind Energy, Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project is funded through the research grant NextTop by the Villum foundation.

NextTop is a four-year research project aiming at developing the next generation of topology optimization tools for large-scale optimization of engineering structures. NextTop is a collaboration between DTU Mechanical Engineering, DTU Informatics, and DTU Wind Energy.

The purpose of the PhD project is to develop, implement, and benchmark efficient and robust optimization methods which can utilize the particular mathematical structure of large-scale optimal design problems. The project will focus on solving structural topology optimization problems with continuous variables by second order methods.

Scholarship

The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years. Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Mathias Stolpe matst@dtu.dk, +45 2151 8240 or Professor Ole Sigmund sigmund@mek.dtu.dk, +45 4525 4256.
You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on vindenergi.dtu.dk.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a master’s degree in applied mathematics or engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in applied mathematics or engineering. Candidates should have relevant qualifications within one or more of the following areas:

  • Numerical optimization (mathematical programming)
  • The finite element method
  • Large scale scientific computing
  • Applied Functional Analysis

The scholarships 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.

Application

Your online application must be submitted by 17 February 2012. Please go to The Official Website, open the link “apply for this job online”, fill in the application form and attach the following documents;

  • 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, inability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.