PhD scholarship in Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production, DTU, Denmark

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 2 January 2018

PhD scholarship in Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production


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A PhD position is available in continuation of the research project GRAIL, “Glycerol biorefinery approach for the production of high quality products of industrial value”, funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Program (Theme KBBE.2013.3.4-01 KBBE.2013.3.3-04). The project GRAIL has been built with 15 partners from 9 different countries with the aim of finalizing solutions for the valorization of crude glycerol streams transforming them into valuable products in a biorefinery approach. The overall concept of GRAIL project is use, exploitation and further development of the state of the art in the field of bio-based products from glycerol and the development research-driven cluster for the use of crude glycerol for the production of high-value platforms, as well as valued end products, harnessing the biotech processes.

Responsibilities and tasks
The objective of this PhD study is production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from crude glycerol as well as identification, separation and purification of the produced PHA. The applicant should preferably have qualifications within several of the following areas:

  • Handling of pure and mixed microbial cultures under anaerobic conditions with focus on chemicals and/or biofuels production.
  • Working in batch and/or continuous mode with suspended and/or attached growth (biofilm) bioreactors.
  • Experience in PHA production, analysis and characterization
  • Process simulation tools such as Matlab, Aquasim, Superpro or similar.Expertise within fermentation technology and/or PHA production should be documented with the master thesis and/or relevant publications in international journals.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by an evaluation committee headed by Associate Professor Hariklia Gavala.

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 an 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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The work will take place at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Hariklia Gavala,

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Please submit your online application no later than 2 January 2018 (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 in 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)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their 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.

The main research work will take place in the BioEng center – Center for Bioprocess Engineering, at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the Technical University of Denmark. Research activities will be in close collaboration with Pilot and DPC centers of the Department.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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