Assistant or Associate Professor in Geotechnics

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The Department of Civil Engineering (DTU Civil Engineering) invites applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor position in the Section for Geotechnics and Geology.

DTU Civil Engineering is composed of six sections with the Section for Geotechnics and Geology focusing on geotechnical engineering and geology including infrastructure design and development of geological energy resources and raw materials.

We seek an established researcher within the broad field of geotechnics having a proven publication record and experience in collaboration with the industry.

The section for Geotechnics and Geology is engaged in research for infrastructure projects in Denmark and Greenland, so upcoming projects can address various topics of engineering design in soils and rocks such as foundation, embankments, and permafrost related problems.

Responsibilities and tasks

The Department is looking for a flexible and enthusiastic candidate, who will take part in developing a soil mechanics research platform for collaboration with civil- and petroleum engineers, geologists and geophysicists. In particular, it is expected that the successful candidate will be able to contribute to one or more of the following fields:

  • Soil mechanics
  • Rock mechanics
  • Geotechnical engineering

Dissemination of research results is expected through scientific publications, interdisciplinary collaborative projects at national and international level, and services to public administrations and the industry.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to seek and achieve external funding.

Educational responsibilities include among other things classroom teaching/lecturing at both Lyngby and Ballerup Campus as well as supervision of individual or group projects, and supervision of M.Sc. students, PhD students, and postdocs.

The educational responsibilities will to the extent possible be related to the research focus area, however flexibility is required and it is expected that the candidate will be able to cover and contribute to a wide spectrum of topics within basic geotechnics on both bachelor and master level.

Please note that the expected teaching on undergraduate level is primarily to be in Danish and on postgraduate level (M.Sc. or PhD) it is required to be in English. For international candidates, DTU offers Danish language courses for the purpose of being able to teach in Danish within the first 2-3 years.

The position is based at Lyngby Campus with many teaching duties at Ballerup Campus as well as short teaching duties at Sisimiut Campus.

Administrative duties include academic assessment work on all levels.

The candidate is expected to operate within an interdisciplinary research team as well as actively collaborate with other research groups at DTU, e.g. environmental engineering, structural engineering or building energy.


Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

The Section for Geotechnics and Geology has the ambition to work as a team integrating information from Geotechnical engineers, geologists, geophysicists and pavement engineers, so the qualified candidate should meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Experience in conducting soil mechanical experiments in field and laboratory.
  • A thorough understanding of soil mechanics theory.
  • Experience in numerical modelling and evaluation of geotechnical construction.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research.
  • Experience in collaboration with industry and governmental institutions.

You are driven by exploring boundaries, enjoy working with complex topics and thrive on collaboration and teamwork.

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