Postdoc in Development of Digital Twins of Pilot-Scale Processes

onsdag 07 apr 21

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Frist 25. april 2021
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The postdoc will be part of the PROSYS research center at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Our research in the center has focus on process systems engineering, on fermentation, biocatalysis and downstream processing. Most of our activities are in close collaboration with industry and other academic partners.

The position is part of the Fermentation Based bioManufacturing (FBM) initiative, a collaboration project involving DTU Bioengineering, DTU Biosustain and DTU Chemical Engineering. Sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, FBM offers a comprehensive research-based education and training program in Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing (FBM). It covers various experience levels, i.e., graduate (MSc), post graduate (PhD), and continuing education (CE). The postdoc will be working closely together with other researchers that are working on related topics.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The focus of this postdoc position is on development and implementation of digital twins in pilotscale equipment in the pilot plant of DTU Chemical Engineering. More specifically, the candidate is expected to:

  • Perform experimental work and collect data on pilot scale equipment
  • Develop and validate first-principles based or hybrid mathematical models for different physical unit operations present in the pilot plant
  • Facilitate “real-time” integration of the Digital twins developed with sensor information from physical pilot scale unit operations.
  • Develop and implement advanced monitoring and control strategies, in simulation and applied to pilot scale operations
  • Develop educational software tools to be used in connection with the pilot scale unit operations for the department’s educational programs

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemical or biochemical engineering or closely related fields.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate should have hands-on experience from working with pilot-scale equipment (unit operations), as well as having an interest in programming/software development. The postdoc candidate preferably has experience with software tools such as Matlab-Simulink and Python. Experience with process instrumentation hardware and software is an advantage.

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 2 years.

The place of work is Lyngby campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Jakob K. Huusom, tel.: +45 4525 2801, e-mail, Professor Krist V. Gernaey, tel.: +45 4525 2970, e-mail, or Professor John M. Woodley,

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 25 April 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)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

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