Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD student in Microbial Communities and co-cultures for Highly Selective...

Updated: 24 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 07 Aug 2020

The department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as a PhD student <strong>in </strong>Microbial communities and co-cultures for highly selective gas bioconversions in attached growth systems.<br />The position is part of the FBM Initiative, which is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.<br />The FBM Initiative is a collaboration between DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Bioengineering, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability. It offers research-based education in Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing for Master- and PhD- students, and professionals.<br /><br />This position will be hosted at DTU Chemical Engineering and DTU Biosustain and is one of seven PhD student positions available for the FBM PhD program this year<br /><br />This position will be placed in Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, in Applied Thermodynamics – Center of Energy Resources Engineering. The Center has a long trandition in research within Applied Thermodynamics, Transport Processes and Mathematical Modeling and has recently entered dynamically into Biorefinery Conversions research area with focus on creating new knowledge for development of innovative and cost-efficient processes for production of chemicals, materials and biofuels from biomasses and industrial effluents. The center has a total staff of approx. 50, of which 6 is faculty.<br /><br /><strong>Responsibilities and tasks </strong><br />The project will contribute towards the future development of a technological platform based on biological conversion of gaseous substrates for a) full conversion of carbon found in residual biomasses to higher vaue products via synthesis gas (syngas) and b) reduction of carbon dioxide emissions via valorisation of waste gases with reducing power.<br />In this project, you will:<br /> <ul><li>Discover efficient microbial co-cultures that can convert syngas and carbon dioxide to valuable chemicals, i.e. solvents, with high product selectivity</li><li>Establish microbial communities and co-cultures in bioreactors targeting high productivities</li><li>Assess stability and resilience of production systems</li><li>Evaluate the developed process from a techno-economic pont-of-view.</li></ul><br /><strong>Qualifications</strong><br />Candidates should have a two-year master's degree in engineering (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree in engineering.<br /><br />We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in biochemical engineering and/or biotechnology. Candidates should preferably have qualifications within several of the following areas:<br /> <ul><li>Handling of axenic and mixed microbial cultures under anaerobic conditions</li><li>Working with suspended and/or attached growth (biofilm) bioreactors in batch and/or continuous mode</li><li>Experience in gas biological conversions</li><li>Experience in using process simulation tools such as Superpro Designer or similar.</li></ul><br />We expect that you are an efficient team worker, have good communication skills, and have a critical approach to the formulation and testing of hypotheses. Also, a good sense of humor will be appreciated.<br /><br /><strong>Approval and Enrolment</strong><br />The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the <a href="http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/PhD/Rules/PhDguide" target="_blank">DTU PhD Guide</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Assessment</strong><br />The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Hariklia Gavala and approved by an internal PhD assessment committee.<br /><br /><strong>We offer</strong><br />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.<br /><br /><strong>Salary and appointment terms</strong><br />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 3 years.<br /><br />You can read more about <a href="http://www.dtu.dk/english/about/job-and-career/working-at-dtu/career-paths" target="_blank">career paths at DTU here</a><strong>.</strong><br /><br /><strong>Further information</strong><br />Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Hariklia Gavala, <a href="mailto:hnga@kt.dtu.dk" target="_blank">hnga@kt.dtu.dk </a>.<br /><br />You can read more about DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at <a href="http://www.kt.dtu.dk" target="_blank">.<br">www.kt.dtu.dk</a>.<br /><br /><strong>Application</strong><br />Please submit your online application no later than <strong>7 August 2020 (local time)</strong>. Apply online at <a href="http://www.career.dtu.dk" target="_blank">.<br">www.career.dtu.dk</a>.<br /><br />Applications must be submitted as <strong>one PDF file</strong> containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach <strong>all your materials in English in one PDF file</strong>. The file must include:<br /> <ul><li>A letter motivating the application (cover letter)</li><li>Curriculum vitae</li><li>Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma</li><li>Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and <a href="http://www.dtu.dk/english/Education/phd/Applicant/Pre_acceptance-1-" target="_blank">Excel spreadsheet here</a>)</li></ul><br />Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.<br /><br />Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.<br /><br />All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.<br /><br /><em>The Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing (FBM) Initiative was founded as a response to the biotech industry’s increasing demand for specialized expertise in the fermentation area. Cutting-edge research, covering all aspects from fundamental physiology of production organisms/cell factories, synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, to scale-up process technology and downstream processing, provides the basis for the specialized FBM Education. The educational activities are developed in close dialogue with industry partners.<br />The FBM Initiative at DTU educates top-level candidates at MSc and PhD level, and provides research-based expertise for the biotechnological, chemical, and pharmaceutical fermentation based biomanufacturing industry. </em><br /><br /><em>The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leader in innovative teaching and research, built on core technical subjects and engineering scientific disciplines. The teaching and research covers separation processes, (bio)reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, (bio)process and facility planning, unit operations, heat transmission, fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics. The Department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies.The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus)</em><br /><br /><em>DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes. The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.</em><br /><br /><strong><em>Technology for people</em></strong><br /><em>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 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We wor


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