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Postdoc position on digital twins for machines and structures

Are you interested in developing Digital Twin technology for machines and structures? Do you have experience with virtual/hybrid testing and/or structural health monitoring? Are you eager to bridge the gap between structural engineering and cyber-physical system engineering? Then the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering invites you to apply for a 1.0-year Postdoc position funded by the IFD project “Cyber-physical systems for machines and structures – CP-SENS.”

Expected start date and duration of employment

This is a 1.0–year position from July 1st or as soon possible.

Job description

You will develop a software platform for Digital Twins of machines and structures in collaboration with an industrial partner, world leader in sensing technology. The first part of the work will be on establishing the functional requirements of the platform from two application case studies. The second part of the work will be to prototype the platform and demonstrate it using two test benches available at the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering of Aarhus University.

Your profileApplicants should hold a Ph.D. Degree related to the fields of virtual/hybrid testing and/or structural health monitoring, computational mechanics and dynamics.

  • Strong background in computational mechanics and numerical analysis.
  • Solid understanding of both theoretical and experimental aspects of structural mechanics.
  • Experience with sensing and control systems used for structural testing/monitoring.
  • Substantial experience in scientific computing and programming e.g., using MATLAB, Python, Julia.
  • Good communication and language skills (the project language is English).
  • Good teamworking skills (the project is carried out in a team of 4-6 people).
  • Highly interested in developing skills and competences in software engineering.


Who we areAt the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, we focus on sustainable design, construction, operation and maintenance of the built environment. This project is aligned with the strategic goals of the Structural Engineering Section, and in particular, with that of fostering digitalization of the construction industry.


What we offerThe department offers:

  • a well-developed research infrastructure, laboratories and access to shared equipment
  • an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many national, international and industrial collaborators
  • a research climate encouraging lively, open and critical discussion within and across different fields of research
  • a work environment with close working relationships, networking and social activities
  • a workplace characterised by professionalism, equality and a healthy work-life balance.


Place of work and area of employmentThe place of work is at the headquarter of the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering of Aarhus University, that is, Navitas building, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C.


Contact informationFor further information, please contact: Dr. Giuseppe Abbiati, +45 93 52 17 51,
 DeadlineApplications must be received no later than March 30, 2023.


Application procedure

Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference

If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range

Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.

Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University's website.


Aarhus University

Aarhus University is an academically diverse and research-intensive university with a strong commitment to high-quality research and education and the development of society nationally and globally. The university offers an inspiring research and teaching environment to its 38,000 students (FTEs) and 8,300 employees, and has an annual revenues of EUR 935 million. Learn more at

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