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The Department of Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as senior researcher in building materials within the Section for Materials and Durability. The section is a new section at the Department from May 1, 2018 and will focus research and teaching on: material properties and optimization, characterization and modelling, building physics and moisture, construction materials in Arctic context, deterioration and repair as well as reuse and upgrading of secondary resources.

The research field of the position is durability of masonry, more specifically on salt induced degradation, preventive measures and repair, as well as interaction with moisture and chemical degradation.

The position is expected to contribute to basic and applied research of relevance for the society, as well as to future topics within the field of deterioration processes and durability porous construction materials. 

Responsibilities and tasks 
The senior researcher have his/her primary responsibilities in research and some research-based teaching.

The research area comprises porous inorganic construction materials, which are not cement based, in particular, the materials’ interaction with moisture. The moisture state of porous inorganic construction materials such as new and old burned brick and unburned brick, masonry and natural stone significantly influences their engineering properties, for example strength, creep, shrinkage and heat transfer. Moreover, moisture plays an important part in many degradation processes of construction materials. Lessons learnt from historical masonry are preferably included as they represent extreme weathering and possible prediction of durability.

The research is focused on achieving an improved and quantitative understanding of the underlying, coupled, multi-scale, chemical and physical relations. With such understanding, it becomes possible to tailor materials to a specific structural performance and to improve methods for maintenance and repair of existing structures.

The candidate should have a generic research approach, where the focus is on both the intended and the unintended transport and fixation of moisture within inorganic construction materials.

The department has a well-equipped laboratory, which includes advanced experimental equipment such as:

  • Dynamic Vapour Sorption (DVS) equipment
  • Low-temperature calorimeters for assessment of pore size distribution
  • X-ray absorption set-up for mapping moisture transport
  • Cup method equipment for measuring water vapour permeability

The candidate is expected to apply for external funding ensuring securement of 80 % of the salary. These efforts will be carried out in collaboration with other research institutions as well as companies.

The field of building materials is highly multi-disciplinary. Therefore, research and teaching are carried out in cooperation with colleagues across DTU as well as external partners in the industry.

Candidates must

  • hold a PhD degree (or equivalent), as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc.

Applicants must possess strong qualifications in research documented through publications and citations in international scientific journals, and through successful collaborations and projects. Moreover, they must document a vision for their contribution to future research in the field of Construction Materials.

The candidate should have experience in experimental techniques to investigate moisture and salt interaction with inorganic, porous construction materials just as experience in experimental techniques for durability and chemical degradation investigations.

  • You are driven by pushing boundaries
  • You enjoy working with complex topics
  • You are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments

In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to:

  • Research impact and experience, funding track record, and research vision
  • Societal impact
  • Documented innovation activities, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • International impact and experience
  • Leadership potential and collaboration
  • Communication skills

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 terms of employment
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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Lisbeth M. Ottosen, +45 4525 2260.

You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at www.byg.dtu.dk

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 6 July 2018.

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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Documentation of previous research, as related to the “Assessment” bullet points listed above
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g. http://orcid.org/)
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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