The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a two-year postdoc position within the field of biological methanation (biomethanation) of biogas CO2.
The deadline for the application will be 26th of July, 2021. The position is available from 1st of October 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.
You will be part of the research project “Injection technology for H2-mediated production of methane (InjectMe)”, with the aim of developing a technical platform for producing methane from renewable sources (Power-to-X).
The project will be based on the use of microorganisms for converting H2 and biogas CO2 to methane, by design and test of injection technology for adding H2 to a 30 m3 pilot-scale biogas reactor.
The project in this way combines biotechnology with the development of industrial hardware for use in the biogas sector.
As researcher, you will play a key role in the further development of the platform, by designing and performing test campaigns, analyzing process data, and ensuring that the results can be used by industrial partner Landia A/S, and modelling experts at University of Queensland.
The ideal applicant holds a PhD in microbiology, biological- or chemical engineering, with experience within the following fields:
- Biogas and anaerobic digestion
- Biological methanation, either in situ or ex situ systems
- Handling of reactor setups (lab- or pilot-scale)
- Analysis of gasses and process parameters related to reactor operation
- Analysis of data and data quality assurance
- Excellence in both written and spoken English
You will be working as part of the research group “Microbial Conversion Technologies” and you are therefore expected to be a team player. As a group member, you will furthermore contribute to student co-supervision and day-to-day work of the group.
About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Department
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 optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes. Department of Biological and Chemical 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 Institute of Biological and Chemical Engineering 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).
Your main place of work will be the Aarhus University research facilities at Blichers Allé 20, 8830 Tjele, with related departments.
For further information about the position please contact: Research group leader Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed email@example.com
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.
Letter of reference
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Formalities and salary range
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.
Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants.
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 a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.
Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.
The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.
Deadline: 2021-07-26 at 23:59
Unit: Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
Post expires on Monday July 26th, 2021