At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology a PhD stipend is available within the general study program Energy Technology. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 December 2019.The Department of Energy Technology is an expanding department covering most fields of Energy Technology ranging from electrical energy to thermal and bio-energy. The department has about 300 employees – out of them are more than 125 Ph.D. students. The laboratory-facilities are world-class and the research carried out are most often in collaboration with industry. The position is offered in relation to the research program "biogas and biorefineries" and the PhD Student will be positioned at the Esbjerg Campus of Aalborg University.
The PhD project will be part of a large collaborative Horizon 2020 project called AQUA-COMBINE. The AQUA-COMBINE project aims to demonstrate combined aquaculture and halophyte farming using the principles of circular economy, where waste and residues are utilised with-in the system to create both internal value and new products.
Halophyte plants such as Salicornia europaea have the ability to grown in saline soils (marginal land) and/or be irrigated with seawater. The green tips of Salicornia is sold as food, while the woody part is considered a residue. However, this residue biomass is rich in valuable bio-active molecules that can be extracted using simple and affordable processing. These compounds include phenolic acids (strong anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidants), high quality protein, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, carotenoids, and chlorophyll. The fiber fraction left after extraction is pure, low recalcitrant lignocellulose which can be used to produce bioenergy (with low energy input), or separated into high value xylooligosaccharides (prebiotics) and char coal from lignin.
The PhD project will include chemical characterization (HPLC, GC-MS, ICP-MS) of the produced halophyte biomass, extraction of value added compounds from the biomass, and conversion of the biomass residue to bioenergy.
The applicant must provide and upload a proper project description, which describes the applicants initial thoughts and ideas related to the specific project applied for. This includes a brief state-of-the-art (including short list of references), a time schedule and how the applicant intends to shed light on the project objectives. The project description should have a length of 4-5 pages.
You may obtain further information from Mette Hedegaard Thomsen, Energy Technology, phone: 93562196, email: email@example.com , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.
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PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.
The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.
For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: firstname.lastname@example.org , phone: +45 9940 9589.
For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk
The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.
AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.
Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.
Deadline: 29 October 2019
Unit: Department of Energy Technology
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Post expires on Tuesday October 29th, 2019