Postdoc in Membrane Modification for Next Generation Innovative Green Energy and High Pressure Water Technologies

fredag 25 jun 21

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Frist 15. august 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 a research project funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark. It is a collaborative project involving DTU, Saltpower ApS and Danfoss A/S. The project deals with the development of the next generation of high pressure pumps, energy recovery components and high pressure osmotic membranes for the production of CO2 free sustainable energy production from saltwater. You will have the opportunity to deepen your membrane technology knowledge understanding and develop your theoretical skills in the field of material transport through membranes. The project is highly interactive and you will work together with both industrial and academic experts in the field.


Responsibilities and qualifications
The focus of this postdoc position is to improve existing polymeric reverse osmosis membranes so they can stand higher pressures while maintaining their high permeability and resistance to fouling More specifically, the candidate is expected to:

  • Explore and evaluate innovative techniques for increasing the resistance to high pressures of existing commercial polymeric membranes
  • Define and optimize techniques of membrane modification i.e. coating, grafting, addition of polyelectrolyte layers, etc…
  • Evaluate the pressure and fouling resistance of the modified membranes as well as permeability
  • Optimize the membrane support elements
  • To interact with the other partners of the project for modelling data analysis and modification suggestions

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

Furthermore, the ideal candidate should have a PhD on a topic related with membrane technology, with knowledge on membrane modification, membrane synthesis and reverse osmosis/nanofiltration operations. Experience in laser microscopy and typical analytical equipment used in membrane operations is also positively evaluated.


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 candidate will ideally start the position on 1 October 2021.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Manuel Pinelo, e-mail mp@kt.dtu.dk or Associate Professor Ulrich Krühne tel.: +45 4525 2960, e-mail ulkr@kt.dtu.dk


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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 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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