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Postdoc position in advancing chemical impact assessment through machine learning - DTU Sustain
Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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Job Description

Do you want to build a career in developing science-based solutions for addressing society’s grand environmental sustainability aspects? 

Do you want to work with international front-runners in sustainability assessment, life cycle assessment (LCA) method development, and absolute sustainability assessment?

Do you want to innovate at the intersection of assessing chemical impacts and digitalization in an inspiring environment and strong research team? 

If so, this postdoctoral position offers an exciting opportunity for you!

In this role, you will advance chemical impact assessment to cover a broader range of chemicals and materials. This includes developing advanced prediction tools to fill data gaps for globally marketed chemicals and developing novel methodologies for characterizing impacts connected to metabolites, formulations, bio-based compounds and/or inorganic chemicals.

In DTU Sustain’s section for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA), you will become part of an energetic and team-based research environment with around 30 international staff, postdocs, and PhD students.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department at the nexus of digitalization, environmental impact modelling, data science, and life cycle impact assessment. Your postdoctoral work will be embedded in one or more national or international projects, where you will work with a team of experts from different partner organizations.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Develop machine learning prediction tools to fill chemical data gaps for globally marketed and novel chemicals and materials with quantified prediction uncertainty.
  • Develop methodologies for characterizing impacts connected to metabolites, complex substances such as UVCBs and formulations, bio-based compounds and/or inorganic chemicals.
  • Test the application of developed tools and methodologies in dedicated case studies in cooperation with industrial and academic partners. 
  • Participate in teaching activities including supervision of MSc student projects, and co-supervision of PhD student projects.

Required qualifications:
You should have a PhD degree in chemistry or environmental engineering, or a similar degree. You should have solid expertise in the fields of chemical impact assessment with special focus on toxicity and ecotoxicity characterization and computational data science. Expertise in developing data-based prediction models using machine learning and cheminformatics is also expected.

Special expertise in quantifying prediction uncertainty of machine learning models in the form of confidence intervals covering aleatoric and epistemic uncertainty, advanced skills in programming, deep learning and/or experience with case studies in green chemistry, early-stage alternatives assessment or safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) are a clear advantage. A strong motivation for analytical research and excellent communication skills in English are essential for a successful application.

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

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 for 3 years. Expected starting date is 1 August 2024. The position is a full-time position.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .

Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Fantke, email: [email protected]

You can read more about the DTU Sustain department at https://sustain.dtu.dk/en

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 20 June 2024 (23:59 Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply now", 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 – in English)
  • List of publications 
  • 1-2 support letters from professional referees (e.g. former supervisors, senior collaborators)

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 Environmental and Resource Engineering (DTU Sustain) is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental and resource engineering in Europe. The department conducts research, development & scientific advice and provides educational programs and service to society. We are working to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, methods and solutions, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and future generations of engineers. The department has approximately 300 employees from more than 30 nationalities.

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 mission to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That mission lives on today. DTU has 13,500 students and 6,000 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.


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Job Info
  • Job Identification 3620
  • Job Category VIP B
  • Posting Date 06/06/2024, 09:22 AM
  • Apply Before 06/20/2024, 05:59 PM
  • Locations Bygningstorvet, Kgs. Lyngby, 2800, DK



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