Senior Researcher in Anaerobic Biotechnology

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Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applications for a position as Senior Researcher with background on anaerobic biotechnology, bioconversion technologies, bioprocess design, biomass/waste valorisation. Your prime scientific area will be on development of novel and optimized technologies to upcycle residual resources for bioenergy and biomolecules production.

The successful candidate will join an innovative, collaborative, international and multidisciplinary team within Bioconversion group. The group works on the development and validation of new technologies based on the use of microorganisms as tools to transform organic waste and wastewater into useful bioproducts, biofuels and bioenergy. One of our important values is cooperation, and we believe that we reach world-class results together. We strive for a decent work-life balance.  

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within fermentation and anaerobic digestion for the development of new bioenergy technologies and added value molecules production utilizing residual resources. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. The candidate is expected to:

  • Coordinate specific research activities within the Green Transition area to support the UN Sustainable Development goals
  • Be involved in the co-supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Present research findings in scientific papers, conferences, public domain and other outreach activities
  • Involvement in teaching may also be required

You should have the following qualifications:

  • A PhD degree in areas such as Biotechnology, Life sciences, or other relevant to this position, and 4+ years of postdoctoral experience
  • Proven ability to work in the following areas: anaerobic digestion, biogas upgrading, biomass characterization and pretreatment, fermentation, microbial adaptation, bioaugmentation, lab and pilot-scale experimentation
  • Previous experience in the execution of research projects
  • Experience with the supervision and guidance of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Able to work both independently and in a team
  • Collaborative international experience

You must contribute to teaching at the Department. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment.

You will be assessed against the responsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment is expected to start January 2022 and will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities.   

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Irini Angelidaki, iria@kt.dtu.dk.   

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering at www.kt.dtu.dk/english.   

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
Please submit your online application no later than 21 October 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • Vision for teaching and research
  • CV including employment history, list of publications indicating scientific highlights, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/)
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

You can learn more about the recruitment process here.

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

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leader in innovative teaching and research, built on core technical subjects and engineering scientific disciplines. The teaching and research cover separation processes, reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, process and facility planning, unit operations, heat transmission, fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics. The Department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies.

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