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DTU Chemical Engineering invites applications for a 3-year PhD position.
Recent research into surface modification of membranes have shown that it is possible to drastically improve enzyme stability by tailoring of the surface properties in accordance with the enzyme of choice. This has opened up for a range of possibilities in preparing novel types of biocatalytic membranes.
The research field of this PhD position is surface modification of polymer membranes. The main emphasis of the project will be on chemical modification of membranes and the development of new processes to modify such membrane surfaces. Especially high throughput and multiplexing of processes will be topics to be considered in the PhD.
Responsibilities and tasks
The overall objective for the PhD project will be to establish a modification method for membranes using highly controlled polymerization methods. This should be employed in the preparation of a novel class of biocatalytic membrane reactors.
Your main responsibility will be to conduct research in membrane modification using advanced polymerization techniques. Additionally, you will be expected to act as a teaching assistant in courses taught at Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
- 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.
- A good candidate should have a solid background within polymer chemistry, membrane technology and general characterization of polymers.
- You should have experience in practical polymer or organic chemistry
- You should be curious and open to interacting with students at all levels during your PhD study.
- A good candidate for this position should be interested in conducting research on the interphase between polymer surface science, membrane technology and biocatalysis.
- You should have an open mind for developing new solutions and in developing new methodologies and synthetic approaches.
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 15 January 2018.
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.
Workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus.
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Further information may be obtained from Anders E. Daugaard, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering on www.kt.dtu.dk.
Please submit your online application no later than 27 December 2017 (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.
DTU Chemical Engineering conducts experiments at microscale, at laboratory scale, in pilot facilities and at industrial scale. The department enjoys a very close and mutually beneficial relationship with Danish-based industrial enterprises as well as leading universities and enterprises from all over the world.
The goal of the Danish Polymer Centre (DPC) at DTU Chemical Engineering, where this PhD project will take place, is to develop polymer based products based on a sound foundation of mathematical modelling, polymer chemistry and polymer physics.
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.