PhD positions on the material constraints of the energy and climate transition

Updated: 9 months ago
Deadline: 15 Jan 2020

The PhD positions will be funded by the project “Critical Resource Bottlenecks and Constraint Aware Pathways towards 100% Renewable Energy in Denmark (ReCAP)”, in which collaboration with core industry partners (e.g., wind, fuel cell, and battery), GeoSurveys, and research groups (e.g., at MIT and Cambridge) is planned. The project aims to answer the fundamental questions below: Will there be supply chain bottlenecks of critical materials, either geotechnically or geopolitically, in our climate and energy transition in the next decades? And how can we address resource constraints with dynamics in technological and societal development along the entire value chain? Further association with the VILLUM Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals (see details here: ) may be explored.

We expect

The successful candidates should have relevant education background in industrial ecology, environmental engineering, energy system analysis, supply chain modelling, mathematics and computer science, or the like. The candidates are expected to be enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary and international academic environment. 

Experience in  one of the following aspects is a prerequisite: (i) Industrial ecology expertise, particularly on dynamic material flow analysis and multi-regional input-output analysis; (ii) Knowledge on energy technologies and energy systems modelling; and (iii) Experience in programming (e.g., R, Matlab, or Python), especially for spatial (e.g., GIS and geo-computation) and big data analysis (e.g., machine learning and deep learning).

Research environment
The successful candidates will be affiliated with the SDU Life Cycle Engineering, which is acknowledged for its unique research on global, holistic, and systems integration of agriculture, energy, and materials sectors. Read more on SDU Life Cycle Engineering . 

The Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology and Environmental Technology is located in Odense, the main campus of the University of Southern Denmark. Odense is a fast-growing international community with an open Scandinavian culture, affordable housing and living costs. 

Contact information
For more information about the positions, please contact Professor Gang Liu at email . 

Important information before applying
Applicants are required to have a master’s degree (equivalent to a Danish master's degree) at the time of enrollment and employment.

Employment as a PhD fellow is a 3-year salaried position (start salary amounts to approx. 3.378,- EURO per month incl. supplements). Employment of a PhD fellow can only happen after the PhD Committee has approved the candidate for admission to the PhD school. Employment and enrollment will cease without further notice at the end of the period.

A PhD fellow is not allowed to have any kind of sideline employment , while enrolled as PhD fellow at the faculty.

Employment is governed by the Protocol on PhD Research Fellows signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information about salary and conditions of employment.

The successful candidate will be enrolled at SDU in accordance with Faculty regulations and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities (PhD order).

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". The Faculty expects applicants to read the Faculty information for prospective PhD students and the SDU information on how to apply before applying.

The application must be in English and all non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

The applications must include the following - the required forms must be found at the above mentioned Faculty website :

  • Completed TEK PhD application form for 5+3 applicants.
  • A motivational letter. Upload in the field called “Project description”. 
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae.
  • A research statement. Upload in the field called “Other relevant material”.
  • Verified copies of the official bachelor diploma and master's diploma and transcripts of exams. 
  • Completed TEK PhD form for calculation grade point average. Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”. 
  • An official document describing the grading scheme of the awarding universities (if not Danish). Upload in one of the fields called “Publication”.
  • An official and verified written assessment of the thesis or dissertation project from the grade giving institution, if the thesis/examination project is evaluated by approved/passed. The statement must clearly state that the candidate has been among the top 30 pct. in the graduation class for the study programme.
  • Three names and e-mails of researchers who can provide an informed reference letter at short notice. 
  • Reference letters may also be included. You're welcome to use the form for reference letter at the Faculty website.
  • List of publications in case you have any publications.

If shortlisting is used, only shortlisted applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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