Postdoc in Green Biorefining 1017607

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 2 year postdoc position offering applicants to join the research and development within Green Biorefining in the section of Biological and Chemical Engineering.

The position is available from 01.01.2019.

Research area
The chosen candidate will play an active role in developing applied research within the interdisciplinary platform for green biorefining at Aarhus University. The goal of the platform is to develop and optimize processes for locally produced protein feed/food from green leafy biomass and investigate and optimizing the use and applications of sidestreams. A green biorefinery pilot plant has been running the past three years and we are now building a new 10x up-scaled demonstration platform at the Department of Engineering, which will be ready summer 2019.

The candidate will be a part of a dedicated team, bringing the technology from the laboratory to pilot- and demonstration scale, while optimizing each unit operation and the integrated process.

The main focus of the postdoc position will be on research and development within plant protein separation, as well as further biorefining of the pressed fiber pulp sidestream as well as development and implementation of analytical analysis.
The postdoc position will take part in several research projects, both national and international.

The candidate is expected to take part in teaching and supervision of students at the BSc, MSc and PhD levels as well as developing new project applications.

Your profile
The ideal candidate has a research background within biorefinery and protein
technology, practical experience with processing of biomass and strong analytical skills.

Experience in protein precipitation and separation
Experience in processing of green plant materials
Experience in analytical biochemistry
Academic qualifications at PhD level preferably within biorefining
Documentation of excellent skills within a relevant research area
Good skills in communication of research results internationally as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
Experience in supervising students and teaching at a high academic level will also be a merit

About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section
Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimisation of chemical, physical and biological processes. Department of Engineering holds a special position of international strength in scientific activities related to biogas energy, biorefining, agricultural emissions, lipid technology, polymer and membrane technology, protein engineering and biosynthesis. In addition, the Biological and Chemical Engineering section conducts public sector consultancy on agricultural challenges such as Air Quality Engineering and Biorefining. The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section is part of the Science and Technology Faculty Interdisciplinary Centre WATEC (water treatment technologies), CBIO (circular bioeconomy), iFOOD (food technology), iMAT (advanced materials), iLIFE (biophysics and imagining), iClimate (climate change).

The place of work is Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus and the area of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Engineering, Section of Biological and Chemical Engineering.

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Assistant Professor, PhD Morten Ambye-Jensen, phone: +45 93508009, e-mail:

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range

Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities. Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

Please apply here
Location: Aarhus
Deadline: 15 December 2018
Unit: Department of Engineering
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Saturday December 15th, 2018