PhD project: Resilient cooling and ventilation for buildings and people

DTU Civil Engineering is inviting applications for a 3-year PhD position starting winter 2020.

People spend about 90% of their time indoors (e.g., in buildings, in transport, etc.), and therefore indoor environment has significant effects on occupant comfort, health and well-being. Buildings globally are one of the most intensive users of energy and a large part of this energy is used for conditioning indoor environments. There is a global need to find heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) solutions that create optimal indoor environments with minimum energy use, and at the same time, these solutions should also be sustainable and resilient.

An international research project (IEA EBC Annex 80 – Resilient Cooling) is focusing on developing and defining resiliency criteria for building HVAC systems. In parallel with this project, the overall aim of the PhD project is to study the potential and limitations of existing cooling and ventilation systems (building-attached) in terms of resiliency and to develop building-detached and occupant-attached HVAC systems that are sustainable, resilient, and energy-efficient. The focus will be on personal and personalized HVAC systems. The work will focus on developing these systems, and defining their evaluation and performance criteria with a focus on resiliency.

The work will include theoretical evaluations, dynamic simulations (either by existing tools or by development of in-house software), experiments in climate chambers and possibly field studies. The candidate will be involved in ongoing national and international projects and expected to contribute actively to these projects.


  • M.Sc. degree or equivalent education in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, sustainable energy engineering or similar areas
  • Experience with evaluating indoor environmental quality and HVAC system performance by means of climate chamber measurements
  • Experience with dynamic building simulation tools for indoor environment and energy performance assessment of buildings (knowledge of and experience with TRNSYS and IDA ICE is an advantage)
  • Theoretical and working knowledge on low temperature heating and high temperature cooling systems in buildings, with a focus on radiant ceiling panels and their coupling potentials with renewable energy resources (experience in working with Phase Change Materials is an advantage)
  • A strong flavour for working with both computer modelling and experimental evaluation of indoor environmental quality and its effects on human comfort, performance and well-being

The candidate is expected to be fluent in spoken and written English.

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 .

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 daily working place is the DTU campus, Kongens Lyngby. An extended research stay at Aalto University is foreseen being part of the project.

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Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Bjarne W. Olesen, phone: +45 45254117 or Assistant Professor Ongun Berk Kazanci, phone: +45 45254016

You can read more about DTU Civil Engineering at


Please submit your online application no later than 27 October 2020 (23:59 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


Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their M.Sc. 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.

About DTU Civil Engineering

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the department provides research, study programs, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering. The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena,—we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 persons.

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland

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