PhD Scholarship in Arctic Construction and Building Practice

International students are invited for a PhD scholarship in sustainable development at Technical University of Denmark. The funds for this position are available for 3 years. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2019.

DTU Byg announces one or more 3-year PhD position(s) summer 2019, funded under the research project ABC – Arctic Building Practice. The project started in 2018 and, over a four-year period, will investigate arctic construction practice in a broad sense, based on Greenland. Read more about the project here.

The research project is carried out in collaboration with Aalborg University / Department of Planning, the National Building Research Institute, the School of Architecture KADK and Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) as well as a number of Greenlandic private and public stakeholders. The PhD project is particularly related to Sub-project 1 - Building construction / design and climate (with particular focus on the climatic impact on the building envelope and indoor climate), as well as on Sub-project 2 – Process (i.e. client decisions, building design, logistics, construction management, etc.).

Why is this research important?

Greenlandic housing is relatively new, and the construction practice is constantly evolving. There are virtually no homes older than 60 years, and almost every decade has offered a new practice of building. Almost all residential buildings are standard projects. The development has been so fast that it has rarely been possible to gather experience and evaluate before the practice has moved in a new direction. This also applies to today’s construction.

The project aims to investigate and evaluate typical newer buildings in order to achieve a better understanding of the relation between construction technology, the climatic impact, the risk of damage, the indoor climate, energy consumption and user behavior in a Greenlandic / Arctic context. The study includes both detached/semidetached houses and multi-storey buildings.

This can enable optimization of future construction, with fewer errors, better economy and greater user satisfaction as some of the results. The results of the project will not only benefit Greenland, but also aim in other parts of the world that are affected by the same conditions, i.e. extreme climate and island operations. In pace with climate change, conflicts and refugee flows, areas with these characteristics are becoming increasingly common.

The aim is to assess which types of building envelope constructions are best suited for the arctic climate, in terms of durability, energy consumption and resulting indoor climate, as well as to identify causes of possible faults or insufficient functionality.

Within the overall framework, there are several opportunities for PhD projects. Project description for the specific PhD project is agreed with the project manager of the ABC project. Applicants can – after agreement with the project manager – receive one month’s prior appointment as a research assistant to formulate the details of the PhD project targeting the applicant's profile.

The study will involve a number of travels to Greenland of 2-4 weeks duration.

The candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish the project results in international peer-reviewed journals.

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.

Professor arctic construction Eva B. Mller and associate professor Tove Lading at the section Building Design and Process.

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.

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.

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Further information may be obtained from associate professor Tove Lading, tel.+45 4525 1738.

Please submit your online application no later than15 September 2019.

Applications must be submitted asone PDF filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attachall your materials in English in one PDF file.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the Department provides research, study programmes, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering. The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena; we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 persons.

Deadline: September 15, 2019
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