Industrial PhD scholarship in Integrated Circular Design for Sustainability

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Deadline: 15th June 2020

An Industrial PhD student position (3 years) is available at the Section of Engineering Design and Product Development, within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. The position is created in connection with the MADE FAST programme. The project is supported by the Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Grundfos and DTU, in the context of the MADE FAST programme. Grundfos is one the largest pump manufacturers in the world and is engaged in the development of Sustainable Product Solutions; they will be the main industrial partner on the project. The PhD student will work closely with the consortium partners and industrial stakeholders.

Responsibilities and tasks
It is the goal of this project to develop methods and tools that can help industrial companies in the early product development phase to ensure the development of the most competitive products and solutions when it comes to balanced sustainability.

The scope will be through the whole product life cycle, with special focus on manufacturing/supply chain and handling of the products/solutions at the end-of-use phase. It includes take-back approaches and the implementation of Circular Economy strategies (e.g. refurbishment, remanufacturing and recycling).

The PhD candidate is expected to develop and demonstrate concepts that provide industrial companies the best trade-off between high integration (cost leadership) and the most sustainable solutions, within a Circular Economy context.

Strong collaboration with the researchers from MADE FAST, Grundfos and industrial stakeholders is expected for the development, validation and implementation of the methods and tools. The candidate will publish his/her research results in international peer-reviewed journals and present at international conferences and seminars.

More information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Daniela C. A. Pigosso

You can read more about ongoing and previous projects of our research group at, and and about Department of Mechanical Engineering at

You can read more about Grundfos and their sustainability strategy here



Industrial PhD scholarship in Integrated Circular Design for Sustainability

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