PhD scholarship in Membrane Technology and Enzyme Immobilization

Thursday 28 Apr 22

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A collaboration between DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Sino-Danish center is seeking for a PhD student. The focus of the PhD project will be to build a cell-like reactor that enables efficient mass transfer and efficient multi-enzyme reactions at different conditions by using methods, materials and technologies related to membrane separation and enzyme technology.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate for this position will be in charge of designing and implementing a one-pot lab-size reactor using commercial polymeric nanofiltration membrane material and other selected materials e.g. polyelectrolytes to build a cell-like architecture, also involving enzyme immobilization techniques. 

Candidates 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.

Candidates should be have obtained a MSc in (Bio) chemical Engineering, Biotechnology or similar. In case of not being in possession of the MSc title yet, the defense must not be held later than the starting date of this PhD (1 July 2022). The candidate must have solid knowledge on membrane separation, particularly nanofiltration, and on enzyme immobilization techniques. The candidate must also have an excellent spoken and written English.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate 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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.   

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.

Salary and terms of employment
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 from 1 July 2022.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Manuel Pinelo, tel.: +45 45 25 29 50, e-mail:

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If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 May 2022 (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 (in English) including official description of grading scale

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

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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