PhD scholarship in Enzyme Assisted CO2 Capture

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Unlock your passion for sustainability, creativity and science by joining an exciting new program called the Biocatalyst Interactions with Gases (BIG) Collaboration between North Carolina State University, USA and DTU. The program is made possible through a five year, 50 million DKK grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The BIG Collaboration involves 11 faculty co-investigators from across different departments at our two universities, includes faculty with joint appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and will support a team of 10-12 dedicated researchers throughout the project 2022-2027.

Here, we seek a motivated, qualified PhD Student to join our international, interdisciplinary research team with a daily workplace at DTU-Bioengineering. You will become part of a high-energy, supportive, and inclusive work environment with many opportunities for professional development and global networking.

Responsibilities and qualifications
We are seeking a PhD student with background and interest in enzymology and enzyme technology. During the 3-year project, the PhD student be involved in different research activities such enzyme screening, enzyme structural- and functional characterization and enzyme immobilization. The BIG collaboration also involves different computational and bioinformatics activities, which can be taken on by the PhD student or shared with other members of the group depending on skills and interests. Finally, the project encompasses activities within kinetic modeling and enzyme engineering, which could be included as a part of the PhD project.  

We are looking for candidates with good qualifications within at least four of the following areas and interest to develop within some of the other:      

  • Protein chemistry
  • Enzyme assay development and instrument automation
  • Enzyme discovery
  • In silico analysis of enzyme reactions
  • Enzyme kinetics and kinetic modelling
  • Heterologous gene expression
  • Protein engineering and -purification
  • Rapid screening of enzyme function
  • Enzyme structure-function relationships

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.

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
Starting date is December 15th or as soon as possible thereafter according to mutual agreement. The position is a full-time. 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.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Westh,

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The department houses four research sections, and the PhD student will be associated with the Section for Protein Chemistry and Enzyme Technology

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 25 October 2022 (Danish 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 (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.

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) is an international leader in the areas of biotechnology and biomedicine. Our engineering approach to all aspects of biotechnology and biomedicine positions us as a valuable player with unique competences in a growing bio-based economy and with health systems transforming towards personalized medicine. We have a clear focus on the needs in the life science industry and point towards innovation, new businesses, and scientific services for the benefit of society. The department has extensive collaborations with national and international research units and industry. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 400 employees, of which 2/3 are scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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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 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.