PhD scholarship in Digitalisation of Process Operations

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The PhD student will perform research with focus on digitalisation of the unit operations in our pilot plant. The goal is innovation in decision support systems with real-time process integration. The pilot plant includes most common chemical unit operations, for example distillation, crystallization, evaporation, etc. Furthermore, it also includes equipment for fermentation experiments, including downstream processing.

The positions are part of a strategic effort of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. In a time where industry has increased focus on making better use of data, automation and advanced control (Industry 4.0), the department has the ambition to upgrade our pilot plant and conduct research towards Industry 4.0, and providing solutions which translate digitalisation into value. The PhD student will be working closely together with our specialists in the pilot plant and with faculty members in the research centres.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The focus of the PhD position is on development of Digital Twins of pilotscale equipment and on operational support systems enabled by such Digital Twins. More specifically, the candidate is expected to work on several of the following topics:

  • Plan and perform experimental work on pilot-scale equipment, including the incorporation of more advanced measurement equipment
  • Develop and validate mathematical models for different unit operations, as the basis for Digital Twins of the unit operations
  • Facilitate the “real-time” integration of the Digital Twins developed with sensor information from physical pilot scale unit operations.
  • Develop visualisation with real time data for enhanced process understanding and operator support    
  • Investigate process monitoring and control related aspects at the unit operation level as well as scheduling and dynamic optimization of production lines.

The candidate should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in chemical or biochemical engineering or related fields, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate should have an interest in performing experimental work with pilot scale equipment and/or in software development, and preferably have experience with software tools such as Matlab and Python. Hands-on experience from working with pilot-scale equipment is also a significant advantage. We are explicitly looking for a team player.  

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

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 3 years. 

The candidate can expect to spend several months abroad at BTEC (North Carolina State University).

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jakob Kjøbsted Huusom, e-mail  

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering at   

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.   

Please submit your online application no later than 27 June 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:

  • 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)

You may apply prior to obtaining your 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.

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