DTU Tenure Track Researcher in Resource Recovery from Biological Processes

Updated: about 2 months ago

The Process and Systems Engineering Center (PROSYS) at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking to hire a highly motivated and skilled researcher to lead resource recovery research in the field of environmental biotechnology.

The center focuses on development of novel computer-aided tools for chemical and biochemical product and process modeling, process synthesis, design, analysis and operation. These tools are applied in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, agrochemical, food and biochemical industries. This research position will specifically focus on constructing digital support tools based on virtual replicas of biochemical processes, combining off-line measurements and on-line sensor data to assess how to transform waste flows with small economic value into valuable products. For this purpose, new modelling tools will be developed and applied to resource recovery processes across scales, i.e. lab-, pilot- and full-scale.

The position is part of DTU’s Tenure Track program. 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. We develop talent by offering a career mentor, state-of-the-art research infrastructure, and postgraduate teacher training. DTU’s Tenure Track is an appointment of at most six years, during which you will receive career support in the form of professional and personal guidance. At the end of the tenure track appointment you will be evaluated by an external assessment committee, who will assess your appointment to a permanent Senior Researcher position. Read more about the DTU Tenure Track program at DTU at this homepage .

Responsibilities and qualifications
As part of our research team, you will work with DTU’s world-class experts to make significant contributions on the development of digital support tools for resource recovery in biological systems.

Your tasks will include:

  • Lead resource recovery (material, water, energy) activities in various biochemical processes (e.g. wastewater treatment and fermentation)
  • Develop software tools (mechanistic, data-driven, hybrid) for improved process monitoring, process optimization and control
  • Perform techno-economic analysis for cost-benefit comparison among resource recovery alternatives
  • Strengthen our collaboration with academic and industrial partners
  • Administer/coordinate projects at the center
  • Contribute to fundraising in the group.
  • Contribute to the department’s teaching activities at all levels.
  • Supervise BSc and MSc students and co-supervise PhD students.

You must contribute to the teaching of courses. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTUcan provide Danish language courses.

As formal qualification: You hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in Chemical and/or Biochemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering or equivalent, as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc for at least two years. Experience from industry is an advantage, but not a must.

As an ideal candidate, you should also:

  • Have a solid background within the field of environmental biotechnology
  • Have a significant experience in mathematical programming and data analysis
  • Have a good understanding of biochemical process optimization and control
  • Have a good research track record demonstrated by publications in high-ranking peer-reviewed journals
  • Have experience in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Have the ability to work independently and participate creatively in collaborative projects with academia or industry.
  • Have an interest to travel related to the job

Youwill be assessed against theresponsibilities and qualifications stated above and the following general criteria:

  • Research experience
  • Experience and quality of teaching
  • Research vision and potential
  • International impact and experience
  • Societal impact
  • Innovativeness, including commercialization and collaboration with industry
  • Leadership, collaboration, and interdisciplinary skills
  • Communication skills

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary for the position will be determined by the applicants qualifications and in agreement with the relevant union. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Ministerial Order on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate professor Jens Abildskov, tel.: +45 4525 2905, e-mail ja@kt.dtu.dk ,  

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering at www.kt.dtu.dk/english

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 10 January(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)
  • Vision for teaching and research for the tenure track period
  • CV including employment history, list of publications, H-index and ORCID (see http://orcid.org/ )
  • Teaching portfolio including documentation of teaching experience
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (DTU Chemical Engineering) conducts research, educates future chemical engineers and provides scientific advice and innovation. The department works across all the core areas of chemical and biochemical engineering, including process modelling and control, bioprocess engineering, thermodynamics, catalysis, product engineering and pilot scale testing of new equipment, processes and products. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international companies. DTU Chemical Engineering has approximately 230 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus, just North of Copenhagen.

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