PhD scholarship in Digitalization Methods in Chemical Toxicity Characterization

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Do you believe in science-based solutions? Do you want to work with international front-runners in green chemistry, sustainability assessment and artificial intelligence from academia, industry and public institutions? Do you want to support the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability ? Then, this PhD project is the right fit for you!

You will develop recommendations and guidance for broad application of digitalization techniques in life cycle assessment and sustainable chemicals design.

In DTU Management’s group for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA), you will join world leaders in life cycle assessment, absolute sustainability assessment and chemical toxicity characterization. QSA offers an excellent research environment with around 25 international staff, postdocs, and PhD students.

Your project is expected to spearhead the introduction of digitalization methods in life cycle exposure and toxicity assessment, as part of the Mistra SafeChem research program to enable and promote the expansion of a safe, sustainable and green chemical industry. It is foreseen that you will participate in Mistra SafeChem program activities and PhD network, spend time as visiting scientist at other Mistra SafeChem partners’ facilities, and be co-supervised by researchers from program partner institutions.

Responsibilities, tasks and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within computational exposure and toxicity assessment, and semi-automated chemical data analysis. You will work with both academic and industrial partners from Europe and the U.S. Methods developed in your PhD project will help evaluating chemicals in consumer goods, product life cycles, and chemical processes, through the identification and application of advanced digitalization methods.

Your primary tasks will be:

  • Evaluate digitalization techniques from big data analysis, data integration and machine learningMap digitalization techniques to gaps in life cycle toxicity characterization and chemical substitution
  • Develop decision rules for the relevance of impact categories based on chemical function analysis
  • Predict chemical exposure and toxicity effects using adequate machine learning methods
  • Test your approaches in real-life industry case studies to design sustainable products and processes
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and assist in one or more of our university courses

You will become part of an energetic and dynamic research environment.

Required qualifications
You should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in chemical engineering or a similar degree. You should have expertise in the field of machine learning and/or data integration.

Special expertise in analysing fate, exposure and toxicological effects of chemicals, advanced skills in R, Python or Matlab for automated data analysis and visualisation, and skills in random forest algorithms, supervised/semi-supervised learning, or similar techniques are a clear advantage. A strong motivation for analytical research and excellent communication skills in English are essential for a successful application.

Approval and Enrolment
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 DTU PhD Guide .

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Peter Fantke in collaboration with the PhD co-supervisors.

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 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here . 

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Fantke, email: . 

You can read more about the DTU Management department at . 

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 15 April 2021 (23:59 local time). 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • 1-2 professional referees (name, address, phone number, email)

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

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

Who are we
DTU Management conducts excellent research in the intersection between management, technology, and economics. We develop solutions in close cooperation with companies and public authorities. Our research aims at strengthening welfare, productivity, and sustainability within the society. A key element is the role of technology and its interaction with industry and individuals. The department’s research is divided in four divisions: Innovation, Management Science, Sustainability and Transport. Furthermore, the department hosts a UN Collaborating Centre. The UN DTU Partnership conducts research, policy analysis and advising on a global scale.The department offers a wide range of courses and programs at BSc, MSc, and PhD level across DTU’s study programs. DTU Management employs about 320 people. We offer an international environment with around 50 different nationalities represented at the department.

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 vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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