PhD scholarship in Scale-up, Design and Cost Estimation of…

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 28 Feb 2023

This position is fully funded by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network „MiEl“, which aims to train a cohort of 12 doctoral students in the domain of electrochemistry and flow chemistry applications for pharmaceutical production.

If you are establishing your career as a young professional in process systems engineering and you are looking for the expanding your professional network in pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industry, here you have a unique opportunity.

Be part of Miel’s Marie Curie doctoral training network and establish a great foundation for pursuing your dreams and ambitions. At DTU Chemical Engineering you will break new ground at the absolute forefront of what is possible with deploying process systems engineering and emerging machine learning for developing electrochemistry and flow chemistry based synthesis for sustainable pharmaceutical production.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The recruited researcher will develop a customized methodology for early-stage costing analysis including process design and scale-up for electrosynthesis based production. To start with, a simulation-based framework that enables working with different complexity of models will be investigated. The framework features the following key aspects: (1) superstructure approach to represent design alternatives: a process library describing different electrosynthesis technologies, their design parameters, models to estimate their performance (conversion, yield), cost will be developed, (2) Design space exploration: the design space will be explored using Monte Carlo sampling and simulated using the process models in the library. (3) Process design screening and optimization under uncertainty using optimization techniques (such as kriging-based stochastic optimization). The methodology will be applied to perform techno-economic evaluation and benchmarking of electrochemistry-based synthesis of pharmaceutical drugs and fine chemicals.


  • An MSc degree in the following subject areas: chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or equivalent
  • Domain knowledge (for example thesis) in process systems engineering applied to modelling & simulation, process design, process dynamics or process optimization
  • Experience with equation/object-oriented programming (this is an asset but not a requirement): Process simulation (Aveva Process Simulation, ASPEN Tech, INOSIM), Optimization (GAMS, PYOMO), Programming (Python, Julia, Matlab or similar)
  • Curious and an appetite for developing AI/ML competences
  • Curious and an appetite for solving complex problems applying a systems approach

In accordance with the European Union’s funding rules for doctoral networks, applicants must NOT yet have a PhD & the applicant must not have resided or carried out her/his main activity (work, studies etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the past 3 years.

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

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 DTU’s rules for the PhD education .

The assessment of the applicant will be made by Senior Researcher Merlin Alvarado-Morales, Associate Professor Seyed Mansouri, Anja Ninett Jensen, and Professor Gürkan Sin.

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 can be obtained from Professor Gürkan Sin at .

You can read more about the DN Miel project here: Euraxess – job Information .

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering at and the process systems engineering research area under which the PhD position is offered at Process Systems Engineering (PSE) .

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark . Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar ” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 28 February 2023 (Danish time). Apply online here: PhD scholarship in Scale-up, Design and Cost Estimation of Technologies under Development .

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply now”, 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

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

Applications 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.

PROSYS research center perform research in the field of process systems engineering and AI/machine learning and their application for life sciences industries. The research aims to advance computer-aided methods for the design, scale-up and optimization of processes and systems for life sciences, bio/pharma, biotech and water industries. Our vision is to contribute to development of cost-competitive processing and manufacturing excellence in targeted process industries (fermentation, bio/pharmaceuticals, food and environmental biotechnology and renewable fuels and chemicals) and realize sustainable paradigm for manufacturing.

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