Postdoc in Modelling of Resource Recovery Processes

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Frist 24. juni 2019
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A 2 year postdoc position, starting 1 July 2019, is available to: (i) develop plant-wide models of resource recovery operations in wastewater treatment plants; (ii) collect and process full-scale data in close collaboration with partners in South-Africa; (iii) calibrate models with the available data, and perform model-based optimization of resource recovery operations in full-scale wastewater treatment plants; and, (iv) evaluate recovery options using life cycle assessment methods.

The postdoc project is part of the ERASE (Evaluation of Resource recovery Alternatives in South African treatment systems) project funded by the DANIDA Fellowship Center, and Professor Krist V. Gernaey and Senior Researcher Xavier Flores-Alsina will supervise it.

The postdoc project is part of the ERASE (Evaluation of Resource recovery Alternatives in South African treatment systems) project funded by the DANIDA Fellowship Center, and Professor Krist V. Gernaey and Senior Researcher Xavier Flores-Alsina will supervise it.

The successful candidate will join an innovative, collaborative, international and multidisciplinary team within the Process and Systems Engineering Research centre (PROSYS) at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU. During the project, there will be close collaboration with The University of Cape Town (South Africa), The University of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) and different South African water utilities (City of Cape Town, Ethekwini municipality). 

For a successful development and progress of the ERASE project, DTU will make use of mathematical models in Matlab/Simulink. One of the main goals of this research project is to apply the models to practical cases, and to use model-based optimization for comparing the usefulness and economic value of different resource recovery alternatives.

Responsibilities and tasks
Consequently, the research activities in the proposed postdoc project, assume that you are able to: 

  • Work independently on development and calibration of mathematical models;
  • Work in a team for collection of complex data sets;
  • Actively participate and take lead on the dissemination of the obtained results, in high-impact scientific journals and in international conferences;
  • Are interested in participating in co-supervision of PhD and master students;
  • Are interested in participating in the writing of project proposals.
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent.

You are expected to have:
  • A chemical engineering degree, with a flair for biotechnology (and experience);
  • Strong background in mathematical modelling and optimization, especially with extensive knowledge in modelling of wastewater treatment processes (PhD on the topic would be preferable);
  • Experience with Matlab/Simulink;
  • Experience with planning and execution of data collection in full-scale;
  • Experience in collaborative projects with international partners in developing countries.
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience with the elaboration and publication of scientific papers in view of successful dissemination of research results.
Furthermore, you thrive in a highly ambitious research centre; you are enthusiastic and a team player, result oriented and structured.

Good communication skills in both written and spoken English are expected.

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 from 1 July 2019 to the 30 June 2021.  

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Krist V. Gernaey, tel.: +45 4525 2970, E-mail:, or Senior researcher Xavier Flores-Alsina, tel: +45 4525 2967, E-mail:  

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 24 June 2019 (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.

The Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU is a leader in innovative teaching and research, built on core technical subjects and engineering scientific disciplines. The teaching and research cover separation processes, reaction engineering, dynamics and process regulation, process and facility planning, unit operations, heat transmission, fluid mechanics and applied thermodynamics. The Department enjoys very close relations with international partners, and especially a wide range of industrial companies

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 university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.