PhD Fellowships

Updated: 24 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Jun 2024

21 May 2024
Job Information

Technical University of Denmark

Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

24 Jun 2024 - 12:00 (Europe/Copenhagen)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

H2020 / ERC
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Offer Description

PhD Fellowships -
CO2 conversion to solids: Increase sustainability by transforming waste materials to new, valuable products

Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby

From fundamental understanding of the interactions of natural materials with water and gas, we are developing a fast, cheap, environmentally friendly way to mineralise CO2 , to make it stable for millennia. We are building a cross disciplinary team of PhDs and Postdocs. We are searching for enthusiastic members.

As a result of recently funded projects, our research group is looking to fill 2 positions. The goal is to develop a way to mineralise CO2 , to convert it back to solid, stable on the long term. Even with the very best alternative energy sources and conversion of CO2 into products, current air and ocean CO2 levels will need 1,000 to 10,000 years to return to preindustrial levels. To reduce climate change and ocean acidification, CO2 must be converted to solid and put back into the Earth, where it came from in the first place.
At DTU Physics, we are running several projects in parallel, that range from very fundamental investigations of mineral-water-gas properties, through developing predictive models and new experimental methods and instrumentation, to applying research results and designing industrial CO2 trapping processes. The need is urgent, the task is challenging and a multidisciplinary approach is essential - so we are looking for highly motivated group members, including chemists, physicists, nanoscientists, mineralogists, geoscientists, engineers and others. Our group includes members at all levels, from young bachelor students to experienced scientists and engineers.
The job – PhD Fellowship
We shall work together, as a cross disciplinary team, to understand solid-fluid (water and gas) interactions and the effect of organic compounds on them, using traditional techniques as well as state-of-the-art, ultrahigh resolution instruments and modelling. Our goals are to gain very fundamental knowledge about how nature works and to build a reactor to convert CO2 and waste solid materials to a valuable product, for use in new, low CO2 construction.

Our expectations of you
We are looking for curious, enthusiastic colleagues who have an interest in nature, enjoy solving problems and working together to meet the projects’ goals. We expect you to have an interest in at least one of the following topics:

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Geochemistry and/or Mineralogy (mineral-fluid interactions)
  • Surface Chemistry/Physics (thermodynamics/kinetics of mineral/glass interaction with fluids)
  • Organic Chemistry (analysis/synthesis)
  • Reactor Design

Flexibility is essential. We are looking for team players who can also work independently, who are motivated to help make, and be part of, a dynamic research environment and who have a positive, supportive and creative outlook. We expect you to have good communication and personal interaction skills and to be fluent in English.
We offer
DTU is among the leading technical universities of Europe and the top in the Nordic countries. The CO2 projects we plan will unite researchers from several DTU departments as well as national and international researchers from a number of fields. The atmosphere in the research group is friendly and supportive, allowing us to produce ground breaking results, of interest to science and essential for industry. Our mission is to derive new fundamental understanding and use it to solve society’s problems.

Our vision is to develop an environmentally friendly, inexpensive method to convert CO2 gas into a solid that can be used in low CO2 concrete or put back into the ground, where it will remain stable for millennia. We are exploring possibilities with natural materials such as basalt and volcanic glass as well as waste construction materials and we are learning about the mechanisms and final solids produced during reaction with water and CO2 . We combine theory and experiment using a range of classical and high tech techniques.

A PhD program at the Technical University of Denmark is 3 years. In addition to research and writing papers and a thesis, the program includes an opportunity to take courses (30 ECTS), to teach and to take part in an external stay at one of the project partner laboratories somewhere else in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
Appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Salary will be determined by the applicant’s qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union.
The position is full time and starts as soon as possible but we are prepared to wait for the right candidate. The contract will be for 3 years. The workplace is the DTU Lyngby Campus.
To apply
To be considered for this position, your application must include all requested parts. This includes:
- a cover letter (1 or 2 pages) explaining how you are perfect for the position, using your background as examples; include a few words about your perspectives on teaching and research;
- your CV, including employment history, research and teaching experience with dates, scientific highlights, ORCID identifier and other relevant information about you as a scientist and a person;
- if you have authored or coauthored one or more publications, please include the full references in proper format (do not include the actual papers in your application);
- your course list and grades from your university education;
- the name, email and phone number for 3 personal references (do not include letters of reference).
Please combine all parts of your application into a single pdf file. Until the online link is active at the Danish Technical University (DTU) jobs web page, please submit your application to Prof. Susan Stipp, [email protected] with subject heading: Application for PhD Fellowship. The application deadline is Monday, 24 June 2023, noon (Danish time). 
All interested candidates, irrespective of gender, age, race, disability, religion and ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
Technology for people
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.


Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Additional Information
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Number of offers available
Postal Code
Fysikvej 311

Where to apply

[email protected]


Kgs Lyngby

Fysikvej 311
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[email protected]


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