PhD-project: From Catalysis Science to Nitrile Production Processes

In a collaboration between Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU and Haldor Topsøe A/S we are offering a PhD position within catalysis and catalytic process development.

The PhD project will explore and develop new catalysts and process routes to nitriles, in particular, acrylonitrile, which today is produced from oil and where a process starting from synthesis gas can be more sustainable and economic. The project will include catalyst synthesis, characterization and testing, development of reaction kinetics, process scheme development, and evaluation of commercial competitiveness.

The PhD project will have supervisors from both the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at DTU and from the partnering company Haldor Topsøe A/S. Activities at both partnering institutions should be expected.

Responsibilities and tasks 

    Catalyst synthesis, characterization and testingDevelop and optimize catalyst testing procedures and facilitiesDevelopment of reaction kinetics and process flow diagramsEconomic evaluation of developed processes.

Master of Science in Chemical engineering, Chemistry or Physics, preferably with experience from catalysis and laboratory work.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.  

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Anker Degn Jensen and Associate professor Jakob Munkholt Christensen from DTU-Chemical Engineering in collaboration with R&D Director Joachim Harteg Jacobsen and Senior Scientist General manager Poul Erik Højlund Nielsen from Haldor Topsøe A/S.

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Jakob Munkholt Christensen +45 4525 2810, 

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Please submit your online application no later than 25 July 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 in 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 vitaeGrade transcripts and BSc/MSc diplomaExcel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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.

Deadline: 25 July 2018
Unit: DTU Chemical Eng.
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday July 25th, 2018