Postdoc in CO2 valorization by heterogeneous catalysis

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A postdoc position is available in the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at DTU Chemistry within a project applying heterogeneous catalysis for making aviation biofuel from CO2. The project is part of a collaboration between DTU Chemistry, DTU Biosustain (Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability) and international partner universities.

You will join an international environment applying an application-oriented research strategy to develop novel chemistry and processes with the potential to secure the future for the next generations in terms of energy, resources and the environment.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The major responsibility of the postdoc is to design and carry out experimental studies with catalysts in the conversion of oxygenates to hydrocarbon fuels in continuous, gas-phase. The work will comprise both synthesis, characterization and catalyst testing. The postdoc is supposed to interact closely with other colleagues working in the aviation fuel project and will also have the possibility to work with other group members on other studies for catalytic conversion of renewables.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in disciplines like chemistry, catalysis, or chemical engineering. The candidate should have experience with catalyst synthesis and fixed-bed, gas-phase experiments. Experience with materials characterization as well as instrumental analytical methods and fixed-bed reactor design is an advantage.

In the assessment of the candidates consideration will be given to

  • scientific production and research potential at international level
  • innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
  • the ability to communicate at all levels such as the provision of scientific advice to public sector authorities
  • an all-round experience basis, preferably including international experience
  • the ability to contribute to development of internal and external cooperation

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 postdoc position is for a period of 1 year and 6 months starting as soon as possible (or according to mutual agreement).

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anders Riisager, tel.: +45 4525 2233, email:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 January 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV with contact information of at least two references
  • Diploma (MSc/MSc.Eng and PhD)
  • List of publications
  • H-index, and ORCID (see e.g.

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.

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