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Senior Researcher in Anaerobic Biotechnology

Technical University of Denmark - Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Location: Lyngby - Denmark
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent, Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 21st October 2021

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering invites applications for a position as Senior Researcher with background on anaerobic biotechnology, bioconversion technologies, bioprocess design, biomass/waste valorisation. Your prime scientific area will be on development of novel and optimized technologies to upcycle residual resources for bioenergy and biomolecules production. 

The successful candidate will join an innovative, collaborative, international and multidisciplinary team within Bioconversion group. The group works on the development and validation of new technologies based on the use of microorganisms as tools to transform organic waste and wastewater into useful bioproducts, biofuels and bioenergy. One of our important values is cooperation, and we believe that we reach world-class results together. We strive for a decent work-life balance. 

Responsibilities and qualifications

Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within fermentation and anaerobic digestion for the development of new bioenergy technologies and added value molecules production utilizing residual resources. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad. The candidate is expected to: 

  • Coordinate specific research activities within the Green Transition area to support the UN Sustainable Development goals
  • Be involved in the co-supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Present research findings in scientific papers, conferences, public domain and other outreach activities
  • Involvement in teaching may also be required 

You should have the following qualifications: 

  • A PhD degree in areas such as Biotechnology, Life sciences, or other relevant to this position, and 4+ years of postdoctoral experience
  • Proven ability to work in the following areas: anaerobic digestion, biogas upgrading, biomass characterization and pretreatment, fermentation, microbial adaptation, bioaugmentation, lab and pilot-scale experimentation
  • Previous experience in the execution of research projects
  • Experience with the supervision and guidance of PhD, MSc and BSc students
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Able to work both independently and in a team
  • Collaborative international experience 

You must contribute to teaching at the Department. You will be expected to learn Danish and be able to teach in Danish after 3 years. DTU can provide Danish language courses.

As a formal qualification you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as a researcher or postdoc. To be appointed as a senior researcher, you must have completed a didactic/pedagogic education. If you do not have the necessary education, then it is possible to complete this requirement within a period of two years of appointment. 

Application procedure

To apply, please read the full job advertisement (please click 'Apply' to access).

Application deadline: 21 October 2021 (Danish time). 

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