PhD Student for Nilfisk - Soil Detachment

DTU Chemical Eng.
Wednesday 13 Jun 18

Nilfisk is a leading global player in the professional cleaning industry with sales in more than 100 countries. Technological innovation has always been in our DNA and we especially strong within the high-end market. We are investing heavily in emerging technologies and we will lead intelligent cleaning through development of autonomous and digital connectivity solutions. Right now, we are looking for an Industrial PhD Student to conduct research within the field of Soil Detachment.  

The results of the project are major contributors to the Nilfisk vision of leading the professional market by supplying the best products. The project will have close cooperation with the Nilfisk R&D community in Connected Autonomous Solutions.  

The purpose of this PhD is to develop a model for the detachment of different types of particles from different types of surfaces. The model will be used to identify the best strategy for detachment in an actual cleaning process and thus to design the best performing cleaning machine.  

The content of the project includes:

  • Establish a set-up for analysis of detachment
  • Experimental and theoretical analysis of detachment
  • Establish a strategy to overcome the detachment forces
You should have a master’s degree in Chemical or biochemical engineering or similar. Knowledge of hydrodynamic, surface and colloid chemistry and experiences with microfluidics and CFD are strong advantages.  

Approval and enrolment  
The PhD degree is subject to academic approval and the candidate and will be enrolled in the Chemical and Biochemical Ph.D. programme at DTU.  

We offer  
Nilfisk is a high-end manufacturer of professional cleaning equipment with world class R&D departments. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.  

Salary and appointment terms  
The PhD project has a duration of 3 years, but Nilfisk offers you a permanent position with an attractive salary.  

Further information  
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Alexander Shapiro, +45 4525 2881 or company supervisor Peter Noehr Larsen, +45 2916 2731.

You can read more about Nilfisk at and DTU Chemical Engineering at

Please submit your online application no later than 30 June 2018. To apply, please send your application to

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. The file must include:  
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae  
  • Grade transcripts and MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

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

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

Nilfisk ( is a global company with headquarters in Denmark. We have sales companies in 45 countries and with an additional strong distributor network, we market and sell our products in more than 100 countries worldwide. We are one of the world’s leading providers of professional cleaning equipment and services, with 5,600 employees and an annual turnover of EUR 1.082m (2017). Nilfisk is listed as a large cap company on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.