4 PhD scholarships in the areas of Biomass Conversion and Sustainable Bioprocesses

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DTU Bioengineering - Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark, invites applications for 4 PhD positions starting in 2021. The positions will be placed in the Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology (BCBT) group. The BCBT group works on the development of new, efficient and sustainable process technologies able to accelerate the development of a bioeconomy. More information about the group is available at https://www.bcbtgroup.com. With these positions, we want to expand our research in biomass conversion and fermentation to promote a biobased economy and support the UN Sustainable Development goals.

  • PhD project 1. Development and Integration of Sustainable Processes for Biomass Fractionation. The PhD student will be expected to develop research activities such as pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass, process optimization and integration, and sustainability assessment. Candidates should have laboratory experience / knowledge in biomass fractionation and process optimization. Knowledge in processes using CO2, techno-economic and/or life-cycle analyses will be considered a plus.
  • PhD project 2. Microbial conversion of CO2 into value-added products. The PhD student will be expected to develop research activities such as microbial cultivation (mainly bacteria), cell factory engineering, physiological analysis and sustainability assessment. Candidates should have laboratory experience / knowledge in microbial processes and/or fermentation. Knowledge in cell factory engineering, adaptive laboratory evolution of microbial strains, techno-economic and/or life-cycle analyses will be considered a plus.
  • PhD project 3. Bioprocess intensification for xylitol production from renewable resources. The PhD student will be expected to develop research activities such as saccharification and fermentation of lignocellulosic biomass, yeast cell factory engineering and process optimization in bioreactor. Candidates should have laboratory experience / knowledge in biomass fractionation (pretreatment, hydrolysis) and fermentation. Additional knowledge in simultaneous saccharification and fermentation, bioreactor operation and/or cell factory engineering will be considered a plus.
  • PhD project 4. Design and application of microbial consortia for enhanced biomanufacturing. The PhD student will be expected to develop research activities such as cell factory engineering, microbial cultivation, physiological analysis, process design and optimization. Candidates should have laboratory experience / knowledge in microbial processes and/or fermentation. Additional knowledge in cell factory engineering and/or adaptive laboratory evolution of microbial strains will be considered a plus.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • The PhD student will be expected to develop research activities as indicated in the description of the chosen PhD project;
  • The PhD student will be expected to familiarize her/himself with relevant background literature and disseminate the acquired knowledge to other group members through seminars and/or study groups;
  • The PhD student will be expected to write scientific papers and present her/his results at national/international scientific conferences;
  • The PhD student will be expected to act in the supervision of MSc and BSc students.

Qualifications

  • Candidates should have a Master's degree in Biotechnology, Engineering, or similar area, relevant to the area of the chosen PhD project;
  • A strong interest in (bio)processes using renewable feedstock as carbon source;
  • Laboratory experience / knowledge as indicated in the description of the chosen PhD project;
  • Efficient team worker and critical approach to formulating and testing hypotheses;
  • Ability to work independently, responsibility to perform the research and meet deadlines;
  • Talent for scientific writing;
  • Excellent skills to communicate (written and spoken) in English;
  • The ideal candidate is proud to deliver consistent results and is a fast learner.

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.

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by the head of BCBT group, Dr. Solange I. Mussatto.

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.

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Further information
Further information about this position may be obtained from Dr. Solange I. Mussatto, e-mail: smussatto@biosustain.dtu.dk.  Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

You can read more about the BCBT group at www.bcbtgroup.com.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 24 October 2020 (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)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their 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 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. 210 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus.

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