Postdoc in Modelling of Water Thermodynamics using the two-state Theory

DTU Chemical Eng.

A Postdoc position, starting from December 01 2022 or as soon as possible after that, is available in the area of Modeling of Water Thermodynamics. The duration of the position is at first one year.

Water is of huge relevance in chemistry, biology and engineering. While much is known about water, its structure and properties, it is also well-known that many of its properties are “anomalous” in the sense that no other liquids behave like this. Many of these anomalous properties are of thermodynamic origin (density maximum and minimum heat capacity with respect to temperature).

On one hand, it has been known as a concept for over a century that water may consist of two “states” in some form of equilibrium with each other. But it has been during the last 20 years with the advanced experimental, simulation and theoretical studies that this theory has regained serious attention. On the other hand, the most advanced thermodynamic models are incapable of simultaneously capturing the anomalies of water and complex phase equilibria of water containing systems.

The goal of this project is to investigate whether the combination of the two-state concept and the advanced thermodynamic models based on the SAFT framework can resolve the mentioned challenge and describe the anomalous properties of water.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The appointment will be at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (Center for Energy Resources Engineering). The project is carried out as a part of a project funded from the Villum Foundation.


As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in thermodynamics, especially in the fields of modeling using SAFT-type models. Experience in programming (Fortran, Python or other languages) is also a necessary qualification.

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 Professor Georgios M. Kontogeorgis, gk@kt.dtu.dk, and Associate Professor Xiaodong Liang, xlia@kt.dtu.dk.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 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:

  • Application with a clear motivation letter
  • CV including names of two references
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD – in English)
  • List of publications

Applications 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.

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