PhD scholarship in Digital Twins for Autonomous and Safe Construction Production – DTU Construct

at Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Published March 25, 2023
Location Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Scholarship  



The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites an excellent candidate to join our research team:

  • Fully-funded 3-year PhD position

The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team on multiple research projects related to digital twins for autonomous and safe construction production, for example, digital fabrication, tracking progress, monitoring emissions, proactive safety and health, and personalized learning environments.

Project description
The project is funded by the Horizon Europe projects BEEYONDERS. The selected candidate will work on the core parts of digital twins and in well-defined applications.

The general theme for the position is the utilization of smart technologies for monitoring construction resources (i.e., personnel, equipment, temporary assets) and integration of data to its real-time status in a Digital Twin platform. The purpose is to explore information modeling and deep learning-based sensor fusion methods to gather and analyze data from multiple different type of sensors in the work environment or onboard autonomous mobile robotic machines. The multi-mode perception system needs to operate under the very harsh environmental and lighting conditions that exist in the constructions sector (e.g., dynamic progress, indoor/outdoor, above- or underground). The research topic of this project stands at the intersections of building information modeling, human-machine interaction, machine learning, computer vision, remote sensing, and automation and robotics.

As part of our research team, you will lead efforts in at least one of the following areas:

  • Design and development of the Digital Twin architecture and platform
  • Run-time autonomous data collection, sensor fusion (e.g., vision- and wireless, unmanned aerial vehicles/drones or terrestrial), and data analysis for hazard prediction and avoidance
  • Human-machine interaction, safety and productivity monitoring, and proactive personalized feedback and learning methods (using augmented and/or virtual realities)
  • 4D information modeling for a well-defined real problem
  • Integration and field testing together with our other high-profile European partners of the BEEYONDERS project

We seek an excellent candidate with backgrounds in: Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering or Sciences, or related discipline such as Architectural Engineering. Candidates must have completed their MSc or equivalent degree in or a closely related field.

A desire to engage in cross-disciplinary research at the intersections of civil, mechanical, electrical engineering and computer science is important. It will be relevant to have deep experience with at least one of the following areas:

  • Construction engineering and project management, incl. lean production methods
  • Construction informatics, in part related to Building Information Modelling (BIM), ontologies, graph theory, process modeling, databases, open data standards such as Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), and linked data,
  • Sensors as part of Internet of Things (IoT) in Digital Twins (DT) and integration of sensory information in simulation models during run-time prediction,
  • Data processing, incl. artificial intelligence and machine learning,
  • Serious gaming (incl. AR/AV/VR), and/or
  • Autonomous systems, automation and robotics, incl. human-machine interaction.

The candidate(s) should have completed a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering, computer science, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Having experience in publishing scientific results as well as working with industry is considered an asset in this position. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate excellent ability to code with or learn computer programming languages, such as C++, C#, Python, and/or Matlab.

The successful candidate(s) will join and work as part of a strong interdisciplinary research team consisting of multiple PhD students and senior researchers. The candidate will find her/himself contributing to the research among interdisciplinary collaborations on campus. DTU further offers very strong industrial partners and international academic collaborators.

The project will result in scientific publications and experimental validation of technology. The successful candidate will present at international conferences as part of research training. Opportunities for sharpening didactics skills through participation in teaching and mentoring experiences will be given. Travel in some projects may be required. A excellent command of the English language, both spoken and written, is essential. A successful candidate is expected to be self-motivated and to publish their results in international peer-reviewed journals.

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The initial assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Jochen Teizer. The employment is subject to further internal approval.

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. The position are available as soon as possible.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jochen Teizer at

You can read more about Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 16 April 2023 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", 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 (in English) including official description of grading scale

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

Applications 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 Civil and Mechanical Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society and the sustainable development. We undertake research, education, innovation, and scientific advice of the highest quality within building design and processes, building construction and safety, building energy and installation, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, materials technology, manufacturing engineering, engineering design and thermal energy systems.

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