PhD scholarship in Nanoscale 3D Printing for Artificial Vision

Technical University of Denmark



The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Section of Manufacturing Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD position.

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs theoretical, numerical, and experimental research in the field of manufacturing engineering. It covers a wide range of manufacturing processes and modelling approaches, metrology at all scales, micro/nano manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. The research is based on a multidisciplinary use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics as well as thermodynamics and heat transfer in the analysis, modelling, and development of manufacturing processes.

Research Field
In artificial vision, electrical stimulation of the vision associated nervous system is the default method. The objective of this project is to construct a microimplant for vision cortex stimulation. In collaboration with Dr. Fried, we will make the Copenhagen Implant at DTU, and it will be tested at Harvard Medical School. The enabling technology is a newly invented Icetronics technology, which is a nanoscale additive manufacturing or 3D printing method. In Europe, this method is exclusive to the Tech. Univ. of Denmark. In the long term, we believe that the Copenhagen Implant can be used for artificial vision for patients that must be stimulated at the vision cortex level. We also believe that our technology can be used for other neurological illness that benefit from local electromagnetic stimulation. Project partners are Prof. Min Qiu at West Lake University, and Prof. Xinwei Wang at Peking University in China. The project is generously supported by the Lundbeck Foundation, and it is a part of the Obama BRAIN Initiative.

Responsibilities and Tasks
To take project ownership and design, fabricate, and test the Copenhagen implant, which includes the below 

  1. Design the Copenhagen implant in collaboration with Dr. Fried and team.
  2. In close collaboration with engineers at DTU and the West Lake Uni. team, you will make the required improvements to the unique nanoscale 3D printing instrument at DTU.
  3. Independently, you will use the improved instrument to fabricate the Copenhagen implant. The Peking Uni. team will deliver raw materials by chemical synthesis.
  4. In collaboration with the Harvard team you will test the Copenhagen implant.
  5. 3-6 month academic exchange at West Lake University in China to further research and develop Icetronics technology.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Because the ambitious nature of the project and project teams, we are looking for a top student with great ambitions to make a difference by cutting edge engineering. We are looking for strong experimental skills, open-mindedness, “I can do”, and never give-up mentality. We are looking for a bright and empathic person with a masters degree in mechanical/process/mechatronics engineering, chemical engineering, applied physics, biophysics, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, MEMS engineering or similar. 

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.   

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Senior Researcher/Associate Professor Dr. Anpan Han and other colleagues at DTU.

We Offer
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.

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Further Information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher/Associate Professor Anpan Han (linkedin),

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Please submit your online application no later than 30 June 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, 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 (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 140 persons, 100 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.

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