PhD Scholarship in Homogeneous Catalysis with CO2

DTU Kemi

A PhD scholarship in catalytic valorization of CO2 to commodity fuels and chemicals by homogeneous metal catalysis is available within the Centre for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry at DTU Chemistry. 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
We are looking for a very motivated and ambitious candidate for a project within the field of selective cascade catalysis with CO2 using ionic liquid-enabled complex catalyst systems. The work will include both syntheses of catalyst components, characterization and optimization of the catalyst systems for batch and continuous-flow reactions using heterogenized catalyst forms.

Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree. A master degree with a strong background in experimental inorganic coordination chemistry is preferred.

Experience with homogeneous catalysis, ionic liquid chemistry, materials characterization, pressurized reactors and instrumental analytical methods is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The candidate must be able to work independently but also participate in collaborations. Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are required.

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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Anders Riisager (DTU Chemistry) and Assoc. Prof. Martin Nielsen (DTU Chemistry).

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.

The position is available from 1 December 2022.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

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

You can read more about DTU Chemistry at and the research group at

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark. Furthermore, you have the option of joining our monthly free seminar “PhD relocation to Denmark and startup “Zoom” seminar” for all questions regarding the practical matters of moving to Denmark and working as a PhD at DTU.

Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 26 September 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (in English) including official description of grading scale

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications 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.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 13,400 students and 5,800 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. DTU has campuses in all parts of Denmark and in Greenland, and we collaborate with the best universities around the world.