PhD positions within core research areas of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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DTU Chemical Engineering seeks qualified candidates for a number of vacant PhD positions within core research areas of chemical and biochemical engineering, such as: 

  • High temperature processes
  • Reaction engineering and Catalysis
  • Coating science and technology including polymers
  • Bio-based processes
  • Process system engineering

Sustainable development will be in focus across the PhD projects, and some projects will deal with the further development of digital tools and methods connected to chemical and biochemical engineering.

Responsibilities and tasks

The positions includes normal DTU PhD positions where the work will be carried out primarily at DTU, but also PhD positions that are a part of the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC).

The candidates for the SDC positions will stay in China for 6-12 months to support our MSc education in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in SDC and to carry out research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Knowledge of Danish is highly beneficial for the SDC positions and those positions cannot be applied for by Chinese citizens. 

Positions and research areas of interests must be stated in the application.

Candidates for the PhD positions should 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. 

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 the DTU PhD Guide.  


The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Kim Dam-Johansen and Associate Professor Hao Wu. 

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 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 three years. 

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, tel.: +45 4525 2845,, and Associate Professor, Hao Wu, tel.: +45 4525 2927,   

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Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 2020 (23:59 local 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.

In the application, please indicate which position you would like to apply for. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum Vitale
  • BSc/MSc diploma and grade transcripts
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for”, please indicate whether you are applying for the position as normal PhD or SDC PhD.

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

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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 covers 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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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 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.