PhD positions on Organic Coatings

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

The CoaST Research Centre at DTU Chemical Engineering seeks qualified candidates for PhD positions on Organic Coatings.

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.

PhD positions
We are looking for very ambitious PhD candidates interested in working with us in our goal of improving the sustainability profiles over the lifetime of the coatings and to do coatings for a better future. 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.

Over the coming period, we will have a number of PhD positions available within the following areas:

  • Understanding the surface adhesion of waterborne primers for high surface tolerance
  • Understanding the film formation of waterborne coating systems for high and extreme corrosivity
  • Corrosion of monopiles
  • Modeling of pigment dispersion (SDC PhD)
  • Novel methods for high-temperature viscosity measurement (SDC PhD)

You are also welcome to propose your own research idea within the value chain of functional coatings from raw materials to end-product.

Our working environment is international and intercultural. Our working language is English, but knowledge of Danish is beneficial for the positions.

The SDC PhD positions are in collaboration with the Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research (SDC). The candidates are expected to have external stays in China for a total period of 6-9 months to support our SDC MSc programme in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and to conduct research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The SDC PhD positions are not available for Chinese citizens.

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 experimental laboratory and formulation work.

Experience with coatings is 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, Professor Søren Kiil, Associate Professor Hao Wu, Assistant Professor Huichao (Teresa) Bi 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.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

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

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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 1 June 2022 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD positions on Organic Coatings.

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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