PhD positions at The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST)

DTU Kemiteknik
torsdag 30 mar 17

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CoaST is a newly established research center at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, DTU. CoaST cover coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application. In the broad perspective, the center will support development, production and use of high performance coatings with improved sustainability profiles over the lifetime of the coating.

Areas of research include e.g. anticorrosive coatings for steel structures, blade coatings for wind turbines, intumescent coatings for passive fire protection, antifouling coatings for ships, insulation coatings for heat loss reduction, coatings for the cement- and mineral industries, for oil- and gas pipelines at high temperature and high pressure, for concrete structures under challenging conditions etc.

PhD positions
Highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for PhD positions in relation to heavy-duty coatings, i.e. the fields indicated above. We search for candidates for projects related to e.g.: 

  • Practical and computer-based formulation
  • New e.g. high-throughput screening test methods
  • Mathematical tools for simulating coatings behavior
  • New functional pigments
  • Bio-based polymers for sustainable coatings
  • The integration of digital technology and communication technology in coatings formulation, test and production
  • New production methods – continuous production

But we also search for candidates with own ideas for “better coatings for the future”. – If you have such ideas, please write a project proposal.  

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in Engineering.

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 of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.   

DTU offers
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world. 

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
For further information on the projects contact: Professor, Head of department Kim Dam-Johansen,   

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering here.   

Please submit your online application no later than April 23, 2017. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

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

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)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their 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 is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 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.