PhD Scholarships in Environmental Noise Prediction and Analysis for Urban Planning

PhD Scholarships in Environmental Noise Prediction and Analysis for Urban Planning

Noise pollution is a major environmental concern. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified traffic noise, including road, rail and air traffic, as the second most important cause of ill health in Western Europe, behind only air pollution caused by very fine particulate matter. We are looking for a PhD candidate who can greatly contribute to scientific research and innovation of accurate yet fast computational predictions of environmental noise and their use in virtual reality. This PhD is an important part of a Eurostars project CBENA, Cloud-Based Environmental Noise Analysis with Treble Technologies and Henning Larsen.

If you wish to establish your career as scientist and you are looking for the best possible foundation for fulfilling your dreams and ambitions, it is right here in front of you. At Acoustic Technology (ACT), DTU Elektro, we conduct research in computational acoustics, auditory virtual reality, multi-modal perception evaluation in architectural acoustics, indoor/outdoor sound field analysis, acoustic meta materials, novel optimization methods, vibration, and transducers. There are already several researchers working in the area of computational acoustics and virtual acoustics together at DTU Elektro, DTU Compute, and other top research institutes like TU Eindhoven and EPFL. It is important to note that this is an industrial PhD with Treble Technologies in Iceland, so both fundamentals and applications of outdoor noise predictions are researched in this PhD study. 

Responsibilities and qualifications
This project will investigate state-of-the-art computational methods for acoustic propagation outdoors, which can be used in urban planning and policy/decision making stages as communication and dissemination tools. This project requires an inter-disciplinary collaboration between acoustics (physics), computer and data science, mathematics, building engineering, and cognitive science (particularly hearing).

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a relevant M.Sc. degree, such as acoustics, physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical, mechanical, architectural or civil engineering. An ideal candidate should have experience in one or two of the following areas:

  • Computational acoustics methods in room and building acoustics or,
  • High performance computing (HPC) and data-driven approaches or,
  • Virtual reality tools or,
  • Acoustic signal processing and spatial (3D) sound or,
  • Building design and indoor climate factors or,
  • Subjective testing with combined audio-visual stimuli.

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within computational modeling of environmental noise propagation, analysis, and dissemination. You will work with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Improve the currently used outdoor noise calculation algorithms in terms of accuracy and speed by hybridizing wave-based simulations, geometrical acoustics techniques, and via data-driven methods or HPC.
  • Improve the workflow between acoustic engineers and non-acoustic engineers.
  • Develop a multi-modal perception evaluation VR framework for people to accurately evaluate the noise annoyance.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates 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 DTU PhD Guide

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate professor Cheol-Ho Jeong and head of the ACT section Finn Agerkvist.

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.

As a PhD student, you are a part of a creative, supportive and stimulating scientific environment, and you will participate in and contribute to scientific meetings where you will meet and share ideas with colleagues. You will have the opportunity to develop your theoretical and experimental skills, and will interact with leading experts in topics related to your project from all around the world.

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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate professor Cheol-Ho Jeong,, tel.: +45 4525 3934. 

You can read more about DTU Elektro at and the Acoustic Technology Group at  

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 (Danish 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 Excel spreadsheet here – in the right hand column)

In the field “Please indicate which position(s) you would like to apply for”, please indicate which project you are applying for (title from the above list of PhD projects or individual research projects).

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc, and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct excellent research within acoustic technologies, electromagnetic systems, electronics, autonomous systems, robotic technologies, digital energy solutions, interconnected energy systems, electric energy technologies, and not least electrification in many respects. Our Department has more than 200 members of staff.

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 12,900 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.

Deadline: 2021-08-15 at 23:59
Unit: DTU Electrical Eng

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