Postdoc in Anaerobic Biotechnology

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Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applications for a position as Post Doctoral Fellow to hired within the frame of an EU collaborative project with focus on upgrading carbon emissions using biotechnology. Your background is on anaerobic biotechnology, fermentation, bioconversion technologies, bioprocess design, biomass/waste valorisation. Your prime scientific area will be on development of novel and optimized technologies to upcycle biogenic gases for bioenergy production.

The successful candidate will join an innovative, collaborative, international and multidisciplinary team. The group works on both fundamental understanding but also development and validation of new technologies based on the use of microorganisms as tools to valorise organic wastes and wastewaters into useful bioproducts, biofuels and bioenergy. One of our important values is cooperation, and we believe that we can reach world-class results together.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be involved to strengthen the Bioconversions group competences within fermentation and anaerobic digestion for the development of new bioenergy technologies and added-value molecules production. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. The candidate is expected to:

  • Actively Involved in lab-scale research
  • Support upscaling research in collaboration with European partners under an EU-funded project
  • Be involved in the co-supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Present research findings in scientific papers, conferences, public domain and other outreach activities

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

The candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • The candidate must hold a PhD degree in areas such as Biotechnology, Life sciences, or other relevant to this position
  • Proven ability to work in the following areas: anaerobic digestion, traditional and modern microbiology
  • Strong competences within gas fermentation and deep understanding of gas/liquid mass transfers
  • Experience on bioprocess upscaling and extrapolation of experimental data
  • Previous experience in execution of research projects
  • Experience with the supervision and guidance of MSc and BSc students
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Publish high impact articles
  • Able to work both independently and in a team
  • Collaborative international experience

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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Senior Researcher Panagiotis Tsapekos or Professor Irini Angelidaki,

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 20 August 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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.

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 cover separation processes, bioprocesses, bioengineering, bioconversions, reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, process and facility planning, unit operations, a.o. 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 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.