Job posting DTU - 2+2 year Postdoc in Advanced Digital Design and Design Automation in the Construction Industry

The main objective of the project is to conduct research on Advanced Digital Design, in particular Design Automation, in the context of the construction industry. This advances ongoing work in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). This includes leveraging “Industry 4.0” approaches. The Post-Doctoral Research Associate has an opportunity to significantly shape the associated research program between DTU, NCC, the MADE consortium and other companies in the construction sector.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associate will be part of the division of Engineering Systems at DTU’s Management Engineering Department, and is closely associated with the Virtual Design and Construction activities (VDC) at NCC (one of the leading construction and property development companies in the Nordic region) as well as Denmark’s leading industry network for the digitalization of manufacturing, MADE Digital.

Responsibilities and tasks
The research program is focused on a) development of approaches to translate business needs into specific requirements regarding Advanced Digital Design and Design Automation capabilities within BIM and VDC, b) development of approaches to effectively phase in Advanced Digital Design and Design Automation techniques into construction project execution, and c) leverage and exploit similar activities in the production industry in the context of “Industry 4.0” research.

The expectation is that digitalization in the construction industry will lead to a significant productivity improvement through better design coordination, higher design quality, and reduced risk. Through the last years, DTU and NCC have strategically developed their capabilities within BIM and VDC.

Strategic development opportunities for the candidate
This research project has the strategic aim of establishing a significant research program at DTU. The overall funding framework includes, in addition to this 2-year Post Doctoral Research position, one additional 2-year PostDoc position at DTU, which may be considered to extend funding for this project if successful, and a related PostDoc project at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Additionally, there are several specific grant opportunities for the candidate to acquire supporting PhD projects to build their own vibrant research group.

The candidate has an opportunity to significantly contribute to the establishment of this research program, preparing them for a transition to a tenure track position. Denmark in general and DTU in particular offers the world’s best work-life balance and a very collegial work environment. It is particularly attractive for Post Doctoral Research Associates with young families.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

We expect the candidate to have a strong academic track record in advanced digital design practices in the construction industry, including for example VDC and BIM practices, early design and architecture decisions, detailed design and engineering, as well as their extension and integration with the actual construction process. The candidate must have shown the ability to effectively engage with industry and other practitioner communities, and bridge between the academic and industry stakeholder communities. As the candidate will have the opportunity to assume a leadership role in shaping the academic direction of the research program, as well as build an effective industry alliance, demonstrated leadership experience is a plus. Similarly, a prior exposure to “Industry 4.0” activities in the production sector is a plus, particularly in the design context.

Further qualifications include:

Excellent communication skills, fluent written and oral English. Danish language skills are not required, but considered a plus if present.
Ability to work results-driven and effectively towards self-imposed deadlines.
Team spirit and cooperation skills
Ability to communicate results to a non-technical audience, including industry and government leadership as well as general public.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Josef Oehmen, Associate Professor Christian Thuesen and Professor Anja Maier, Head of Engineering Systems Division.

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The position is full-time, with a term of two-years. The employment period starts as early as possible in 2017. There is a possibility for an additional 2 year extension.

The workplace will be at DTU Lyngby Campus, Building 424. It is located a short 10 minute drive from the premises of main industry partner, NCC, as well as the offices of the MADE industry network.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Christian Thuesen, +45 4525 6015, e-mail:

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 May 2017. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Apply online here:

The file must include:

A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Curriculum vitae
List of publications
A brief description of your own research activities and ideas for future research in the field (max 3 pages)
At least three reference contacts: Two academic and one industry reference. It is optional to additionally include letters of recommendation.
Copies of your original (B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D.) diplomas, certificates, and lists of subjects with your results as well as their official translation into English
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Management Engineering contributes actively to the development of management tools and optimisation of processes by using and re-thinking theoretical engineering perspectives, models and methods. Through our research and teaching we ensure an innovative, competitive and sustainable organisation and use of technologies within areas such as energy and climate, transportation, production and health, both domestic and abroad. DTU Management Engineering has 340 employees; including an academic staff of 190 and 68 PhD students. More than 20 % of our employees are from abroad and in all 38 different nationalities are represented at the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.