Postdoc in Upgrading urban waste in high-value biobased products

DTU Miljø
torsdag 08 nov 18

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DTU Environmental Engineering Department invites applications for a position as Postdoc in a project “From Urban Bio-waste to Animal Feed”. The Postdoc will work with development of methods and technologies for upgrading source separated municipal bio-waste for the production of high-value products.

The Section works in developing sustainable technologies within the bio-economy approach, both from fundamental research such as deciphering anaerobic microbiome to development of processes and collaboration with full-scale plants.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Postdoc will be responsible for executing a research project related with the production of single cell protein using solid, gaseous and liquid municipal waste streams.
The research field of the position is in treating wastes for production of microbial proteins with biotechnological methods. Knowledge of anaerobic digestion of municipal bio-waste and biological upgrading of biogas is mandatory.

The candidates are expected to have research experience in anaerobic digestion process. The Postdoc will be involved in national as well as international projects and is expected to participate in the development of new project proposals. Idea generation, fund raising, research impact and innovation are key performance indicators for the position. Moreover, the candidates should be able to work independently.

As an integrated part of the job, the candidate is expected to contribute in teaching of relevant courses, as well as guidance and co-supervision of PhD, MSc and BSc students. Preparation of scientific publications and dissemination duties are expected.

The candidates should have a goal-oriented approach and ability to work in large teams. You will collaborate with the other research groups at the department and mainly with researchers dealing with waste and wastewater treatment. You have the ability to motivate your colleagues to be their best and achieve ambitious goals. Contributing to the development of a good work atmosphere and a thriving environment is essential.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • A PhD degree or equivalent on anaerobic digestion process.
  • Strong knowledge of the microbiology and biochemistry of the anaerobic digestion process.
  • Knowledge of biological biogas upgrading process.
  • Previous experience in performing molecular biology analysis (i.e. High-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing and analysis).
  • Knowledge of lab- and pilot-scale anaerobic digesters operation.
Additional desirable qualifications are:
  • Knowledge of analytical methods (gas and liquid chromatography, Kjeldahl, COD etc.)
  • Experience in conversion methods to increase degradability of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Fermentation of urban bio-wastes to produce high-value added products
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 terms of employment
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 1 year.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Panagiotis Kougias, +45 4525 1600.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 22 November 2018 (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:
  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe.

The department conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction.

The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 countries.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.