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PhD Stipend in Structure Characterization during Glass Fracture (18-22025)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a three-year PhD stipend is available within the doctoral programme Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The PhD stipend is open for appointment from 1 September 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department consists of two sections with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is Section for Chemical Science and Engineering in Aalborg. The Section of Chemical Science and Engineering consists of 80 people of which about 20 is associate- and full professors. The section conducts internationally competitive research within a range of topics within Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and publishes more than 80 peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the educations in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and is located in both campus Aalborg and campus Esbjerg.

Job description

A PhD stipend is available to understand the structural changes that occur deformation and fracture of oxide glass materials. 2022 is the United Nations International Year of Glass, where we celebrate the essential role that glass plays in society. However, the brittleness and low fracture toughness of oxide glass materials remains to be their main disadvantage.

Diffraction and 3D imaging techniques are well suited to study the complex structural changes at different length scales that occur in glasses during deformation and fracture. To this end, the prospective PhD student will develop and utilize laboratory and synchrotron based techniques, for example to enable in situ mapping of densification and structural changes during indentation of glasses. The relationship between density and structure will also be studied.

The PhD project is part of the Danish lighthouse initiative SOLID that focuses on imaging of hard materials in 3D using neutrons and x-rays ( The prospective PhD student will become part of this community across Denmark. Specifically, the project involves collaboration among Professors Morten M. Smedskjær and Yuanzheng Yue at Aalborg University, Professor Kristine Niss at Roskilde University, and Professor Henning Friis Poulsen at the Technical University of Denmark. The project will therefore involve aspects from e.g. materials chemistry, mechanical engineering, and condensed matter physics. For example, this includes the development of mechanical testing rigs and regular use of large-scale x-ray or neutron facilities.


  • A master's degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, materials, physics, mechanical engineering, or a closely related field is an advantage.
  • The applicant must be interested in working in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills are a requirement.
  • Experience with programming and/or x-ray/neutron diffraction or imaging is an advantage.


The application must contain:

  • Cover letter of 1-2 pages describing the motivation for applying and an account of the applicant’s background in relation to the announced position
  • Project description, which is required for technical reasons – in this case, where you apply for a specific project, you may upload a copy of the project description above
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Other relevant information.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We value diversity and see it as a strength. This is reflected in both the host laboratory as well as its partners within the SOLID community.

We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

You may obtain further information about the scientific aspects of the project from Professor Morten M. Smedskjær, +45 9940 3578, Group website:

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email:,  phone: +45 9940 7408.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: 

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

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