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Our Propeller department is growing and we are therefore looking for an industrial PhD student who wants to join us on our journey towards reducing CO2 emissions and underwater radiated noise (URN) within the shipping industry. This 3-year industrial PhD student position is available at MAN Energy solution in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

About the job

The student will be enrolled in the industrial PhD programme at DTU Mechanical Engineering. As our new industrial PhD student, your main focus is to:

  • Develop URN prediction methods in an in-house potential flow program currently used for estimating propeller performance and cavitation safety
  • Validate URN prediction methods against measurements from cavitation tunnel tests and sea trials
  • Incorporate URN prediction methods in an existing propeller design process
  • Optimize a propeller with respect to URN and propulsive efficiency by using the developed design process.
  • “The daily work of the group varies between challenging deadlines of sales and delivery projects, to R&D projects demanding immersion and a high degree of innovative thinking processes.” – Henrik Marinussen (Head of Hydrodynamics Design).


  • You hold (or expect to obtain) a master’s degree in engineering (preferably in maritime engineering and naval architecture) with an academic record satisfying the requirements of Innovation Fund Denmark and DTU
  • You take an interest in and have a flair for the development of practical numerical tools related to the ship propeller design
  • You have great focus on quality and the achievement of set goals, both individually and for the team
  • You are a team player, as one person alone cannot manage our tasks and we need to work as a team to reach our goals
  • You are a skilled communicator in writing and speech in English
  • You can communicate with the other team members when it comes to technical challenges and details.

Your new team

“You will be part of an experienced and dynamic team primarily consisting of engineers at the PhD and Masters level. The team is responsible for design and development of hydrodynamic product solutions for MAN Energy Solutions.” – Henrik Marinussen (Head of Hydrodynamics Design).

Among other things, the team develops some of the world’s most efficient propeller plants with diameters up to 9 meters. The team also designs highly-efficient propeller nozzles, rudder bulbs, etc., and develops software for internal design tasks and simulation of hydrodynamics. High-efficient propulsion propeller plants are among the most efficient contributors to the reduction of CO2 and NOx emissions within the shipping industry.

We strive to design the best propulsion plants in the world and regularly participates in research projects, in cooperation with a number of universities. We wish that team members present papers and/or participate in relevant conferences during the year.

Employees of the hydrodynamic team are located in Frederikshavn and Copenhagen.

MAN in Denmark

We are approx. 2.100 employees in Denmark. 500 colleagues are located in Frederikshavn, where we work with design, development, sales and service. We develop, among other things, aft-ship products with special emphasis on state-of-the-art propeller systems. We also have test centers for new and existing engines. In addition, we work with offshore sales as well as after sales of spare parts (PrimeServ) and the technical service thereof.


DTU develops technology for people. With international elite research and study programmes, DTU helps to create a better world and to solve global challenges. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen.

We offer

MAN Energy Solutions of course offers a competitive salary package and pension scheme. In addition, we have a number of other employee benefits, including:

  • Critical illness insurance, access to physiotherapy etc.
  • Massage scheme
  • Wealth of employee clubs and associations covering everything from sports to art
  • Discount clubs
  • Great flexibility so your work and home life can fit together
  • Application and contact

Apply for the job by clicking on “Apply” and attach your CV, an application letter and relevant documents. The application deadline is Friday the 28th of August 2020. We will conduct interviews during the application period.

If you have any questions, you’re welcome to contact Head of Hydrodynamics Design, Henrik Marinussen by phone on + 45 96 20 42 68 or our HR Recruitment Partner, Marianne Koch Fischer by phone on + 45 96 20 40 68 or DTU Supervisor, Harry Bingham by phone on +45 45 25 19 72 or by email

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