Showing posts with label PhD scholarships. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PhD scholarships. Show all posts

Sunday, June 13, 2021

PhD Scholarship in Resilient Situational Awareness through Distributed Sensing in GNSS-denied Environment and with Limited Communication Capabilities

 

If you have the ambition of becoming an expert in resilient operation of autonomous systems and you are searching for an internationally leading scientific environment where to thrive, then look no further.

At DTU Electrical Engineering, Automation and Control Group (AUT), you will research at the absolute forefront of cyber-resilient autonomous systems and will have the opportunity to break new ground in several research areas as fault-tolerant sensor fusion, cooperative estimation and control of multi-agent systems. You will access world-class research infrastructure to experimentally demonstrate your theoretical achievements. You will also be instrumental for establishing an international collaboration with Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems, where you will have the possibility of being a visiting researcher. 

Scope of PhD project: Continuous monitoring of cyber-physical critical infrastructure is paramount to achieve early detection of potentially disruptive events (natural or malicious). Autonomous multi-agent systems can supply such monitoring function by enabling the deployment of a distributed sensing network to collect diverse data streams. The merging of such data generates a so-called situational awareness about the state of the infrastructure. If one or more autonomous agents feed erroneous information into the situational awareness, then misleading conclusions could be reached, and unnecessary, or even damaging, accommodation actions could be taken to secure the critical infrastructure. The PhD project researches the development of a resilient distributed situational awareness system able to withstand erroneous data feeds from one or more agents. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen AUT’s competences within distributed fault-tolerant sensor fusion and constrained optimization for motion planning towards the development of cyber-resilient networks of autonomous systems for monitoring of critical infrastructures. You will research theoretical methods and demonstrate them experimentally on study cases featuring aerial surveillance of ship-shore operations, built in close collaboration with industry leaders.

Your primary tasks will be:

  • Perform internationally relevant research in the areas of distributed multi-modal sensor fusion, fault-tolerant state estimation, cooperative estimation in multi-agent systems, motion planning for multi-agent systems
  • Publish novel research results in leading scientific journals, and present your research work at international conferences and workshops
  • Engage with industry leaders to define the study cases for the experimental verification of developed methods
  • Implement developed methods and algorithms in multi-rotor drones, and perform experimental work to verify and validate them
  • Co-supervise BSc and MSc projects within the research spectrum of the PhD project
  • Support teaching activities at MSc level for courses in the areas of control theory, robotics and autonomous systems

Your profile meets the following qualifications (documented through course, project or research work):

  • You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree
  • You have a major in control theory, or robotics or autonomous systems
  • You have good knowledge of control and estimation theory for (at least) linear dynamical systems
  • You have good knowledge of fault diagnosis and fault-tolerant control
  • You have good knowledge of motion planning for dynamical systems
  • You have familiarity with the integration and use of sensing devices within automated systems
  • You have experience with implementing, deploying and testing software modules for robotic systems in one or more of these development environments: Matlab, Python or ROS
  • You are result-oriented, proactive and able to work independently
  • You are fluent in English both in writing and in speaking

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide

Assessment
The assessment of the candidates will be done through a two-stage interview process assessing the technical qualifications and personal profile. Associate professor Roberto Galeazzi in close collaboration with relevant colleagues and DTU HR Department will perform the assessment. 

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years. 

Expected start of employment is 1 September 2021.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from associate professor Roberto Galeazzi, rg@elektro.dtu.dk.


You can read more about DTU Electrical Engineering at www.elektro.dtu.dk.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 4 July 2021 (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:

  • 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 – in the right hand column)
  • A research plan (max two A4 pages) highlighting the specific research actions that the candidate envisages to perform to achieve the project objective. 
  • Documentation (reports, articles, personal webpages) demonstrating the technical competences aforementioned

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Automation and Control group performs research and teaching in automation technology, control theory, robotics and autonomous systems at DTU. The group has 54 affiliated researchers and other employees. Please read more about the Automation and Control group on http://www.aut.elektro.dtu.dk/

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct excellent research within acoustic technologies, electromagnetic systems, electronics, autonomous systems, robotic technologies, digital energy solutions, interconnected energy systems, electric energy technologies, and not least electrification in many respects. Our Department has more than 200 members of staff.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD student in Scale-up of 3-hydroxypropanoic Acid Production in Strains of Corynebacterium glutamicum Equipped with Genetically Encoded Sensors (ScaleSense)

 

Biomanufacturing is one of the fastest growing fields and a driver for the transition from a fossil-based to a circular bio-based economy and a sustainable future. If you would like to become an expert in this strategically important interdisciplinary field and contribute to the green transition, we have an opportunity for you:

The department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark offers a position as a PhD student in ‘Scale-up of 3-hydroxypropanoic acid production in strains of Corynebacterium glutamicum equipped with genetically encoded sensors’. This position will be hosted at DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the Process and Systems Engineering Centre (PROSYS Research Centre) working with mathematical modelling, development and optimization of industrial fermentations, biocatalysis, pharmaceutical and food production processes across different scales. The section has a total staff of approx. 50, of which 10 is faculty.

The PhD project is part of the PhD Program of the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing (FBM) Initiative at DTU where we educate true biomanufacturing experts with interdisciplinary competences in cell factory-engineering and process engineering with a strong focus on industrial applications.

The FBM Initiative is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and under this initiative, scientists from DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Bioengineering, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability work together to engineer new or optimized production hosts or processes and solve the interdisciplinary challenges of large-scale bioproduction. The FBM Initiative’s research infrastructure includes a well-equipped fermentation core with an automation and high-throughput micro-fermentation unit, a pre-pilot plant and a pilot plant.

Located in the Copenhagen area, one of the world's strongest biotech hubs, DTU’s FBM Initiative offers a unique and internationally leading education and research environment with exceptional conditions for biotech career starters.

This is one of six PhD student positions available on the FBM PhD program this year. The expected starting date is 1 October 2021.

Project description
3-hydroxypropanoic acid (3-HP) serves as precursor of numerous important chemicals, such as acrylic acid, acrylamide and bioplastics. Over the past decade, there has been a growing interest in 3-HP production through fermentation, aiming to replace the petrochemical manufacturing route with a more sustainable process based on renewable feedstock. Corynebacterium glutamicum is a widely used industrial microorganism, which has been successfully engineered for 3-HP production. On the path to reaching industrially viable 3-HP production, the ScaleSense project will investigate potential limitations during process scale-up. In industrial fermentations, the production host is exposed to a challenging environment, which is characterized by non-ideal mixing, restricted mass and energy transfer, as well as changing substrate, product and oxygen concentrations. These factors contribute to diverse stress levels in the cell and can result in a considerable performance loss. Therefore, to explore potential bottlenecks during scale-up, 3-HP producing strains of Corynebacterium glutamicum will be equipped with genetically encoded sensors to monitor the internal state of the cells throughout the fermentation. The strains will be tested in lab and pilot fermentations so as to obtain detailed insights into strain performance and stress responses, and consequently, to provide the basis for improved strain designs that can turn bio-based 3-HP production into an industrial reality. The ScaleSense project is a collaboration between DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Bioengineering, and industry partner FreeSense ApS.

Responsibilities and tasks
As a PhD candidate working on the ScaleSense project you will:

  • develop 3-HP producing strains of Corynebacterium glutamicum
  • develop strains with genetically encoded sensors for the real-time measurement of intracellular redox state, pH, and stress responses
  • perform fermentation studies in lab to pilot scale reactors
  • develop an improved mathematical model to describe single-cell behavior under variable environmental conditions
  • study the effect of scale on process performance by combining hydrodynamic measurements with physiological insights

Qualifications
We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in:

  • Microbial physiology, especially practical work with bacterial species
  • Running fermentations at different scales (from lab to pilot)
  • Mathematical modelling (e.g. Matlab and Python)
  • Knowledge in metabolic engineering of bacteria will be positively evaluated

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor, Dr. John Woodley and Assistant Professor Helena Junicke approved by an internal PhD assessment committee.

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor, Dr. John Woodley, jw@kt.dtu.dk, or +45 4525 2885, and Assistant Professor Helena Junicke, heljun@kt.dtu.dk.   


You can read more about DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at www.kt.dtu.dk/english

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 12 July 2021 (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:

  • 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)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering is one of the largest departments at DTU and hosts 6 research centers. The department is leading in innovative research and teaching, ranging from fundamental engineering disciplines to applied bio-based manufacturing processes. Our mission is to address important societal challenges through sustainable technological solutions. Within this mission, the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing initiative is strengthening the department’s focus on sustainable biological production systems. The department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies. DTU Chemical Engineering has approx. 230 employees, of which more than 1/3 is scientific staff and is expanding rapidly in 2021. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

PhD scholarship in Porous Materials and Foams Employed in Hearing Aids

 


The Department of Electrical Engineering and the Centre for Acoustic-Mechanical Microsystems (CAMM) invite highly motivated and talented graduates to apply for a 3-year PhD where you will study porous materials and their application in hearing aids. CAMM facilitates and connects research in acoustic-mechanical interaction, numerical methods, optimization, materials, microfabrication and acoustic measurement techniques. You will build new knowledge based on the expertise of the three world-leading Danish companies in hearing aids, together with the strong research background from DTU Electrical Engineering and DTU Mechanical Engineering.

The mechanical properties of the internal solid structure and the acoustic-mechanical interaction with a fluid determine the behaviour of porous materials when exposed to sound and vibration. Porous materials include foams, fibre materials and woven/unwoven fabrics, and have multiple applications in sound and vibration control. An elastic frame can provide them with mechanical stability when exposed to vibration. In this project you will acquire in-depth understanding of the vibroacoustic behaviour of porous materials used in hearing aids (HAs). You will explore alternative designs, materials, and fabrication techniques that can enhance their performance. You will benefit from the knowledge and tools available at CAMM to push the boundaries of this innovative research field.

Responsibilities and qualifications
In this project you will learn and apply theoretical and experimental methods and techniques to study and characterize sound and vibration absorbing materials on the millimetre scale. It expected that this project will lead to practical advances in the design of HAs. Depending on your interests and competencies, this will involve your engagement in:

  • Increasing the fundamental understanding of porous materials and foams at the scale of hearing aids within the range of audible frequencies.
  • Creating suitable analytical and numerical models, including acoustic-mechanical coupling, viscous and thermal losses, and material damping.
  • Mastering and developing mechanical and acoustic measurement techniques to assess the vibroacoustic properties and performance of porous materials on the millimetre scale.
  • Mastering and developing fabrication processes leading to materials with improved performance.
  • Integration of novel solutions with transducers, electronics, and housing of the HA.

Prior experience within one or more of these areas is considered beneficial to your application. For these tasks you will take responsibility for project planning, data management, lab work such as fabrication and setting up and running experiments, and comprehensive documentation. You are also expected to be able to work in a highly collaborative environment inside CAMM and in close contact with our company partners. Close exchange between DTU Electrical Engineering and DTU Mechanical Engineering is expected. Fluent written and spoken English is essential.

Your PhD project will result in scientific publications of your results. You will present at international conferences as part of your research training and you can also sharpen your didactics skills through experience as teaching assistant.

As a PhD student in CAMM and the Acoustics Technology Group, you will:

  • Be a part of a creative and stimulating scientific environment
  • Develop your theoretical and experimental skills
  • Collaborate with experts in topics related to your project

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with a focus on research, teaching, innovation, and scientific advice for the benefit of society. We offer a position with great flexibility, and emphasize work-life balance. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in engineering, physics, material science, or related fields. Only candidates with documented experience in at least one and preferably multiple of the following areas will be considered: acoustics, vibrations, material science, wave propagation, numerical methods, and vibroacoustic measurements. Familiarity with packages such as Matlab, COMSOL, or ANSYS will be considered an advantage.

Approval and enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Frieder Lucklum, Assoc. Prof. Vicente Cutanda Henríquez, and Assoc. Prof. Aminul Islam. 

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Frieder Lucklum (fluc@elektro.dtu.dk) tel.: +45 4525 3937 or Vicente Cutanda Henríquez (vcuhe@elektro.dtu.dk) tel.: +45 4525 3938. You are very welcome to write or call if you have any questions about the position or the recruitment process.

You can read more about Centre for Acoustic Mechanical Microsystems at www.camm.elektro.dtu.dk

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 (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:

  • 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)
  • Optional documents: English proficiency certificate (for instance TOEFL or IELTS), list of publications, and any other documents that demonstrate your experience in the areas related to the proposed PhD project.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electroacoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

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Apply no later than 15 August 2021
Apply for the job at DTU Electrical Eng by completing the following form.

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