PhD Scholarships 2018 - 2019, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen


June 21, 2018


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PhD scholarships in Theoretical Acoustofluidics

Three 3-year PhD scholarships, starting between September 2018 and March 2019, are available in the Department of Physics in the field of theoretical acoustofluidics supervised by Prof. Henrik Bruus.

The students study the fundamental physics of fluids under external forcing, such as ultrasound, at the micro- and nanometer scale, and we perform numerical simulations of selected systems often in international collaborations with various experimental groups. Our main focus is basic research but we also encourage and support collaboration with industry partners. Our group typically has 5 - 10 members that include faculty members, postdocs, PhD students, and undergraduate students.

The scholarships are part of the following research projects in theoretical acoustofluidics

  • "Theory, modeling, and design of all-polymer acoustofluidic chips", funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF-FTP)
  • "A novel acoustic body force in inhomogeneous fluids", funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF-FNU),
  • "Bio-compatible electrostrictive smart materials for future generation of medical micro-electromechanical systems", funded by EC HORIZON2020 FET-OPEN.

The main research topics are acoustic resonances in microdevices, acoustic forces on suspended particles and solutions, acoustic streaming, microfluidics, elastodynamics, and piezoelectric actuation. More information about these research projects and the international collaborators involved, can be found at    

Responsibilities and tasks 

Depending of which project you are assigned, you will be responsible for either 

  • designing optimal polymer-based devices for acoustophoretic handling cells,
  • studying the basic physics of the acoustic body force on inhomogeneous fluids, or
  • developing models of giant electrostriction actuation of acoustofluidic devices.

What expectations does the university have 

  • create and critically validate acoustofluidics models relevant for your research project,
  • deliver theoretical and modeling results of high quality,
  • participate in team work with independent and original theory/modeling contributions,
  • collaborate effectively with experimentalists among the international collaborators,
  • are excited to teach and to learn from other group members,
  • communicate your insights and results effectively both orally and in writing,
  • work with an outstanding drive and enthusiasm.



Candidates should have (or soon obtain) a master's degree in physics or mechanical/ electrical/ chemical engineering with specialization in theory and modeling of ultrasound propagation in fluids or solids, or within other continuum physics areas, such as microfluidics, elastodynamics, electromechanics, electrokinetics, or electromagnetism.

Approval and Enrolment

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. 


 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 appointment terms

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.

Workplace: DTU Lyngby Campus.  


Please submit your online application no later than 21 June 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To aply, 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: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system 

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

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

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June 15, 2018
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