PhD position in Validation and Testing of Data-Driven Digital Twins

University of Southern Denmark
March 31, 2023
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PhD position in Validation and Testing of Data-Driven Digital Twins PhD position in Validation and Testing of Data-Driven Digital Twins

SDU Software Engineering at the Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, University of Southern Denmark, invites applications for a fully-funded PhD position in Software Engineering in the area of digital twins, simulation and validation.

The research will be linked to the project ONE4ALL (Horizon Europe 2022), which aims to boost manufacturing plants' transformation, especially SMEs, towards industry 5.0 (I5.0), reinforcing their resilience under unexpected changes in social needs. It is done through a human-and-sustainability-centred development of plug-and-produce reconfigurable cyber-physical production modules (RCPMs). Those will consist of self-reconfigurable mobile collaborative robots embedded with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices for real-time monitorisation and interconnectivity. Our part in this project is the digital replication of the physical modules and processes through data-driven digital twins and controlled by a self-learning AI-based distributed and multidisciplinary decision support system (DSS). The position focuses on the validation and testing of digital twins.

SDU Software Engineering is a relatively new and growing section focusing on many aspects of software engineering and production from requirements to test as well as data and security across many domains. SDU Software Engineering collaborates intensely with industry, and it is expected that a large part of the research is in collaboration with companies across various domains. We are focusing on building a strong collaborative environment and we are currently expanding with many new positions.

Qualification requirements

A successful applicant should have:

  • MSc degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Informatics or equivalent
  • Experience with programming languages (e.g., C++, Java, Python, etc.)
  • Experience with modeling, simulation and data analytics
  • Genuine interest in doing research and learning new concepts
  • Comfortable learning new programming languages if needed
  • Strong communication skills
  • Comfortable working both independently and within a team
  • Interested in longer term commitment in a growing research group
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written
  • For more information , please contact Professor Sanja Lazarova-Molnar ([email protected]).

    Practical information

    Starting date : August 1, 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Type of contract : full time

    Employment : temporary assignment for 36 months

    Location : Odense (University of Southern Denmark, Campus Odense)

    Application deadline : March 31, 2023

    Assessment : Applications will be assessed by an expert. Applicants will be informed of their assessment by the Faculty. An interview might be part of the assessment process. Shortlisting may be used.

    Conditions of employment

    SDU Software Engineering is focusing on long term employment relations and we will offer good support for the PhD students' academic and personal development.

    Employment as a PhD is temporary. The employment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

    Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.

    Research will be predominant in the position. Teaching assignments can be agreed individually. Furthermore, other types of assignments may occur to a limited degree.

    The Faculty determines the distribution of the various assignments. The weighting of the different assignments may vary over time.


    Your application must be uploaded through the link “Apply Online”. Attached files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. Please read guidelines for applicants.

    All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

    In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf- files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.

    Each box can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

    The applications must include:

  • Application stating position(s) and reasons for applying. Elaborate how your experience and background fit the corresponding position(s). Please attach your motivated application to “application material” under “Research Plan”
  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max one page, excluding references)
  • Completed TEK PhD application form (Find the 5+3 form here)
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculating grade point average. Upload in one of the fields called "publication" (find the TEK PhD forms here)
  • Curriculum Vitae, including contact details for 2 references
  • Certificates/Diplomas (MSc) - Danish or English transcript
  • An official document describing the educational structure and the grading scheme of the awarding universities
  • Examples of the most relevant publications (if available) and the applicant's master thesis
  • The application must be in English.

    The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

    Further information for international applicants about entering and working in Denmark.

    University of Southern Denmark: www.

    The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute: www.

    SDU Software Engineering: https: // www.

    Campus: Odense

    Application deadline: 31/03/2023

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