PhD position on Synthesis of Functional Pigments

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

The CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering seeks qualified candidates for PhD position on Synthesis of Functional Pigments.

In the broad perspective, CoaST supports development, production and use of high performance organic coatings. Working along the whole value chain our research activities cover organic, polymer based coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application.

Overall, our research is focused on improving the sustainability profile of heavy duty coatings, reducing the use of unwanted substances, facilitating the use of renewable raw materials, improving formulation and test methods through the use of mathematical modelling – we also focus on the invention of totally new types of coatings technology with superior performance or functionality.
Areas of our present research are e.g. anticorrosive coatings for steel structures, blade coatings for wind turbines, intumescent coatings for passive fire protection, fouling control coatings for ships and other constructions.

All of the coatings mentioned above use pigments. They are not just crucial for the coating appearance but also performance, e.g., zinc in corrosion protection or copper in antifouling coatings. The project will investigate and develop novel processes (e.g., aerosol synthesis) to design pigments with unique properties to save resources and enhance the coating performance.

PhD position
We are looking for very ambitious PhD candidates interested in working with us in our goal of improving the sustainability and performance of functional pigments. The project will mainly use high temperature aerosol processes for the pigment synthesis. The successful candidate should have a very hands-on attitude and keen interest in high temperature reactions, particle formation mechanisms, particle characterization techniques, and coating formulation and testing. The most promising pigments will also be integrated into coating formulations and exposed to various test environments. We welcome applications from high performing newly graduated graduates as well as from experienced people from industry having a strong desire to turn towards research.

Our working environment is international and intercultural. Our working language is English.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, or materials science and be able to handle and have an interest in the synthesis and characterization of particles.

Experience with coatings may be an advantage.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates 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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, Associate Professor Hao Wu, and Assistant Professor Jochen Dreyer.

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 appointment terms
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 three years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Head of Department, Professor Kim Dam-Johansen, tel.: +45 4525 2845, .

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 1 June 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD position on Synthesis of Functional Pigments

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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale
  • A short statement (up to 400 words) to outline your research interests and indicate the rationale behind your choice of the project (area of research).

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The Hempel Foundation Coatings Science and Technology Centre (CoaST) was established at the Technical University of Denmark, DTU, as per 1 January 2017, based on a generous donation by the Hempel Foundation.

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