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Postdoc in Design and Simulations of Single-Photon Sources

The Quantum and Laser Photonics Group at DTU Fotonik, Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, is seeking candidates for Postdoc positions in the field of design and simulations of highly efficient solid-state sources of single indistinguishable photons. The positions are offered with support from the Independent Research Fund Denmark and from the European Research Council.

Solid-state sources of single photons are expected to play an important role in various quantum information applications, such as secure communications, quantum computation and metrology. These applications generally require near-unity efficiency and a high single-photon purity as well as indistinguishable photon emission. Furthermore, the ideal single-photon source (SPS) should be deterministic and not involve heralding. A promising platform for a deterministic SPS is based on the semiconductor quantum dot (QD) in a solid-state environment. However, for a QD in a bulk material, the symmetry of the quantum dot leads to light emission in all directions, and furthermore the QD interacts with the solid-state environment leading to decoherence due to phonons and fluctuating charges. A major challenge in realizing a SPS is thus to establish control of the light emission.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Postdoc will participate in a project team with several Postdocs and PhD students, which will design and fabricate SPSs meeting all the requirements of the quantum information applications. The structures to be investigated include both vertically emitting structures (micropillars, photonic nanowires) and on-chip designs with in-plane emission (ridge waveguides). The fabrication and characterization of the vertically emitting sources will take place in-house, whereas the on-chip designs will be fabricated at the Technical University of Berlin. The activity benefits from synergy with the H2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network “Quantum Dots for Photonic Quantum Information Technologies (QUDOT-TECH)” coordinated by DTU Fotonik.

The optical simulations will be performed using the modal method, representing state-of-the-art in optical simulations of single-photon sources. While the method offers great insight into the governing physics, convergence is not easily obtained in particular for the planar structures, and we may rely on additional simulation methods, e.g. finite elements modelling. In addition, the indistinguishability of the emitted photons in the presence of phonon-induced decoherence mechanisms will be calculated using an open quantum system master equation approach.

The overall responsibility of the postdoc is to set up the numerical simulations framework to be used in the analysis of high-performance SPSs in collaboration with the PhD students, who will focus on the design work itself. In a collaborative effort, the team will analyse and propose novel SPS designs allowing for a good compromise between offering high performance and representing a robust design compatible with fabrication constraints. The tasks for the postdoc include setting up a modal method to be used both for vertical and in-plane designs and improving the performance of the code e.g. by implementing support for parallelization. Furthermore, the postdoc will build codes for the analysis of the photon indistinguishability. Additional responsibility of the postdoc includes supervision of the PhD students working on the theory and the designs and of MSc and BSc students associated with the project.

The candidate is thus expected to
 

  • Construct a home-made modal method software package compatible with multiple eigenmode solvers and implementing support for Bloch-wave formalism, dipole emitters and parallelization.
  • Set up a framework based on commercial software, e.g. finite elements modelling, allowing analysis of the most demanding structures.
  • Build a code based on an open quantum systems master equation approach to analyse the indistinguishability.
  • Supervise the design work of PhD students as well as MSc/BSc student projects.
Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. In addition, the candidate should have  
  • Knowledge of quantum optics.
  • Knowledge of cavity quantum electrodynamics and of quantum emitters in nanophotonic structures.
  • Experience with numerical simulations of the electromagnetic field.
  • Experience with Matlab, Python or a similar scientific programming language.
  • Previous experience with the Modal Method (e.g. Fourier Modal Method, Differential Method, Eigenmode Expansion Technique) or a similar modal expansion technique is recommended.
  • Willingness to work in close collaboration with an internal project team consisting both of theoreticians and experimentalists.
  • Willingness to supervise PhD, MSc and BSc students.
The candidate should describe his/her qualifications in relation to the points above in the cover letter.

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 three years.

The start date is May 1st 2020 (with some flexibility).

You can read more about
career paths at DTU here
.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Niels Gregersen, ngre@fotonik.dtu.dk, tel.: +45 4525 3789.

You can read more about DTU Fotonik at www.fotonik.dtu.dk.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 8 March 2020 (23:59 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.

DTU Fotonik has 220 employees with competences in optics. In a typical year, DTU Fotonik educates 55 PhD students from more than 25 countries and our student numbers are constantly growing. As one of Europe’s largest public photonics research departments, DTU Fotonik covers a multitude of optical disciplines ranging from fundamental light-matter interaction and optical telecommunications to applied research and innovation. Our research topics include optical sensors, lasers, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, bio-photonics, nano-optics and quantum photonics.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 8 March 2020
Unit: DTU Fotonik
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Post expires on Sunday March 8th, 2020

Postdoc in Smart Energy Systems

The Dynamical Systems section at DTU Compute conducts fundamental, advanced, strategic and applied research in the area of dynamical systems. This involves both deterministic and stochastic systems, discrete and continuous systems, deductive and inductive model building, forecasting and descriptions, as well as control and optimization and energy model integrations.

We do research in both deterministic and stochastic systems within a range of applications. The main themes are energy, smart cities, medicine, and biology.

The focus of this position will be to contribute to ongoing research of energy flexibility, electricity market, sector coupling and energy system optimization. The research includes ongoing analysis of the structure of electricity markets and the role of ancillary services in the future electricity markets. Moreover, the research exploits methods to maximise both the use of renewable energy sources and unlock flexibility in the existing systems using dynamical models (grey box models, continuous dynamic systems models). Furthermore, the research includes the developments of novel algorithms to enable buildings to support voltage regulation and to improve the resilient of the local distribution network. It is expected that the candidate has a strong power systems backgrounds with advanced programming skills.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will work in a multi-disciplinary team and will be responsible for contributing actively into ebalance+ (H2020) and Flexible Energy Denmark (FED) project, and developing algorithms to unlock energy flexibility and resilient control algorithms and electricity markets management platforms and contribute to the projects software developments. 

  • You will investigate and research the existing and future electricity markets with the focus on price/CO2 based solutions
  • You will research new methods and technologies to integrate exiting energy tools and model for ebalance+ and FED project
  • You will engage in exploiting novel combinations and synergy effects with other methodologies researched and used at the section;
  • In collaboration with your colleagues, you will engage in project management activities and funding applications related to your field of research;
  • You will work in close collaboration with academic and industry partners, as well as with municipalities;
Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent).

Assessment
In the assessment of the candidates, consideration will be given to 
  • Research experience in the Energy System and electricity markets
  • Research vision and potential
  • knowledge of the optimization
  • Experience of data analysis, model buildings and forecastings
  • International project experience and the evidence of successfully delivering the research output
  • Internal and external collaboration
  • Strong communication skills
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 2 years.

The starting date is 1
st January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Henrik Madsen, email: hmad@dtu.dk, tel.: +45 4525 3408. For a specific questions regarding this post please contact Razgar Ebrahimy, raze@dtu.dk, +454525 3756.

You can read more about DTU Compute at
www.compute.dtu.dk/english.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 6 March 2020 (23:59 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
  • List of publications
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
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.

Om DTU Compute
DTU Compute has a total staff of 400 including 100 faculty members and 130 PhD students. We offer introductory courses in mathematics, statistics, and computer science to all engineering programmes at DTU and specialised courses to the mathematics, computer science, and other programmes. We offer continuing education courses and scientific advice within our research disciplines, and provide a portfolio of innovation activities for students and employees.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 6 March 2020
Unit: DTU Compute
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Post expires on Friday March 6th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Evolution of Secondary Metabolite production in bacteria at the Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, CeMiSt

We offer a PhD fellowship at Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) at the Technical University of Denmark. The PhD project is part of the Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites, CeMiSt and will be carried out in the Bacterial Interactions and Evolution Group headed by Professor Ákos. T. Kovács in the Section for Microbial and Chemical Ecology.

 

CeMiSt is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The Center started in 2018 and will run for six years with an option for a four-year extension. The Center is based at the Technical University of Denmark and hosted by Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering). Three DTU departments and 10 senior faculty participate in the Center and >10 PhD students and postdocs are hired. The purpose of CeMiSt is to unravel the biological role of microbial secondary metabolites in natural microbiological communities. The Center is led by Professor Lone Gram.

 

We are seeking a candidate to study the evolution of bacterial secondary metabolite production using experimental evolution and genome analysis. You will be involved in a fun PhD project on microbial natural products, with strong international connections, a productive scientific environment, and a good work-life balance.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

Your PhD project will contribute to our understanding of gene cluster evolution related to microbial secondary metabolite (SM) production. You will perform experimental evolution using Bacillus subtilis under various conditions and analyse mutation frequency in biosynthetic gene clusters compared to the rest of the genome. In addition, you will determine the genome phylogeny in the Bacillus genus to determine the turnover and evolutionary rates of SM gene clusters.

 

Your experience within the areas of microbiology and/or computational biology will be an advantage, including:

  • experimental evolution
  • molecular microbiology
  • genome sequence analysis
  • evolutionary theory
  • microbial secondary metabolites
Previous experience in R/Python is advantageous.
 
Expected starting date: June/July 2020.
 

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master’s degree in molecular biology, biology, engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is 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.

 
Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by 1st May 2020 by Professor Ákos T. Kovács and Professor Tilmann Weber.

 

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 an 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.

 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Professor Ákos T. Kovács, tel.: +45 4525 2527, atkovacs@dtu.dk  

 

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address; follow the electronic application and submission procedure as explained below.

 

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering on http://www.bioengineering.dtu.dk and a DTU podcast introduces the Center that is also described at www.cemist.dtu.dk.

 
Application

Please submit your online application no later than 25 March 2020 (23:59 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) – please provide contact details for two referees in your motivation letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

 

The Center for Microbial Secondary Metabolites aims to establish what effect microbial secondary metabolites have on other microorganisms in their natural environment. We have traditionally perceived them as ‘competition substances’, but in natural environments they are rarely produced in quantities of antibiotic effect. The Center’s hypothesis is that secondary metabolites constitute a network of signal molecules that directly affect gene expression, behaviour, and metabolism of the microorganisms and thus play a decisive role in the composition and function of microbiological communities. We will explore this in an interdisciplinary collaboration with the use of sequence-based, analytical-chemical, molecular, bioinformatic, and classic microbiological methods.

 

The Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) addresses challenges of societal and scientific importance within biotechnology, biomedicine, food technology and human health. The department is based on both basic and applied research and employs tools from biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, cellular biology, immunology, microbial ecology and physiology, bioinformatics and bio-engineering. Research is conducted within three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries. DTU Bioengineering has approx. 300 employees, of which 2/3 is scientific staff. The department is located at DTU Lyngby Campus

 

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 25 March 2020
Unit: DTU Bioengineering
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Wednesday March 25th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Whole Genome Sequencing and Machine Learning for Improving Food Safety

Identification of bacteria is crucial, as different measures and actions will be taken whether food pathogens are detected, mostly at genus or species level. However, the identification techniques used today are time-consuming, and more importantly lack the resolution to differentiate between strains of the same species. Such strain-level diversity could affect the recognition of the risk level and decision of consequent actions. Certainly, these limitations can be resolved by whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technology. The lack of genetic insight and access to advanced computing facilities is a major hurdle for food industry to apply WGS technology in practice. A smart tool to predict virulence level and resistance to disinfectants is needed for frontline safety/quality assurance practice.

 

Considering the importance of Listeria monocytogenes to the food industry especially dairy industry, this project aims to incorporate WGS data of clinical and dairy isolates in machine-learning predictors to identify the virulence level and disinfectant-resistance of L. monocytogenes strains in real-time. With the developed tool, the food industrial users only need to upload raw read sequences data to the server hosted at DTU via a freely accessible web-based interface, in order to receive easily interpretable output. This project will improve and speed up the decision-making and food safety management of the dairy industry.

For this, the Research Group for Genomic Epidemiology, National Food Institute, DTU seeks a candidate for a vacant PhD position in whole genome sequencing and machine learning for improving food safety.  

 

Responsibilities and tasks

  • You will be responsible for characterization and analysis of Listeria monocytogenes genomes and developing machine learning model to predict virulence level and disinfectant-resistance in L. monocytogenes strains.
  • You will engage in developing web-based tool for food industrial users to predict the virulence and disinfectant-resistance of L. monocytogenes genomes in real-time.
  • You will communicate research results by presenting data at project meetings and international conferences, and write manuscripts for publication. The day-to-day work will be performed in close collaboration with other researchers in the Genomic Epidemiology group and with national and international partners including food industrial partner associated with the project. Collaboration includes active participation in national and international meetings and conferences, sharing of data and results, contribution to joint publications.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) in bioinformatics or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. Preferably the candidates with machine learning experience or similar. 

Research Group for Genomic Epidemiology, National Food Institute, DTU is the WHO Collaborating Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance and the EU Reference Laboratory for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), which ensures large international collaborative networks.

 

The research group has been working on genomic epidemiology of various foodborne bacteria including Listeria monocytogenes to predict and prevent infectious diseases in humans and to support global detection and control with an emphasis on AMR and foodborne infections. The group has developed online WGS tools for bacterial genome analysis, which have been accessed by users around the world. The group has full access to Computerome (Danish National Supercomputer for Life Sciences). In addition, the group ensures availability of intellectual expertise and technology to execute the project, including all facilities for molecular biology experiments, bioinformatics facilities, and expertise in whole genome sequencing, metagenomics, and machine learning.

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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

 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Researcher Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon, pile@food.dtu.dk, +45 2876 9522.

You can read more about the Genomic Epidemiology Research Group at https://www.food.dtu.dk/english/Research/ Genomic-Epidemiology

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 26 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

The National Food Institute (DTU Food) works within six technical focus areas: Biotechnology, nutrition, food quality, food safety, food technology and environment & human health. Activities cover a wide range of food products throughout the entire food chain from farm to table, comprising both research activities and research-based consulting and teaching. Read more at www.food.dtu.dk

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 26 March 2020
Unit: DTU Food
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Post expires on Thursday March 26th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Phononic-Fluidic Sensor Systems

The Department of Electrical Engineering and the Center for Acoustic-Mechanical Microsystems (CAMM) invite highly motivated and talented graduates to apply for a 3-year PhD position in a challenging research project on Phononic-Fluidic Sensor Systems. The goal of this PhD project is the design and realization of a new class of sensor systems by combining acoustic structures with fluidic elements containing exchangeable analytes.

 

With the project we aim to explore the optimization of fluidic sensor elements with an acoustic metamaterial or phononic crystal. This novel application is expected to allow highly sensitive analysis of liquids and mixtures. You will contribute to state of the art research at the boundary between engineering, physics, and material science. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

 

The focus of CAMM is to facilitate and connect research in acoustic-mechanical interaction, numerical methods and optimization, microfabrication, and acoustic measurement techniques. In collaboration with three world-leading Danish companies in hearing aids and electroacoustic devices, we combine strong expertise from DTU Electrical Engineering and DTU Mechanical Engineering to achieve this goal.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

In this multidisciplinary research project you will learn and apply new theoretical and experimental methods and techniques to develop existing prototype sensor concepts into practical devices. The successful outcome of this project will advance research and industrial applications covering microfluidics, (bio) chemistry, and medicine. Depending on your interests and competencies, this will involve your engagement in:

  • 3D computer aided design (CAD) of phononic-fluidic measurement cells
  • Numerical modelling and topology optimization of acoustic-mechanical structures
  • Additive manufacturing (3D-printing) of your designs
  • Experimental analysis of acoustic sensor characteristics

Prior experience with one or more of these methods is considered beneficial to your application. For these tasks you will take responsibility for project planning, data management, lab work such as fabrication and setting up and running experiments, and comprehensive documentation. You are also expected to be able to work in a highly collaborative environment inside CAMM, as well as with local and international partners. Close exchange between DTU Electrical Engineering and DTU Mechanical Engineering is expected. Fluent written and spoken English is essential.

 

Your PhD project will result in scientific publications of your results. You will present at international conferences as part of your research training and you can also sharpen your didactics skills through experience as teaching assistant.

 

As a PhD student in CAMM and the Acoustics Technology Group, you will benefit from our strong expertise in acoustics, numerical modelling, optimization, metamaterials, and microfabrication technologies. This will allow you to:

  • Be a part of a creative and stimulating scientific environment
  • Develop your theoretical and experimental skills
  • Collaborate with experts in topics related to your project

We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere with the focus on research, teaching, innovation, and scientific advice for the benefit of society. We offer a great flexibility in the position, and emphasize work-life balance. In the area of technical and natural sciences, DTU is one of the leading research and education institutions in Europe.

 
Qualifications

Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree in engineering, physics, material science, or related fields. Documented experience with acoustics, wave propagation, and/or sensor systems will be considered an advantage.

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

 
Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Frieder Lucklum and Prof. Jakob Søndergaard Jensen.

 

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

 

As the PhD position is a part of a DFG funded research project it will include an external research stay at a German collaboration partner.

 
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Frieder Lucklum (fluc@elektro.dtu.dk) tel.: +45 4525 3937 or Prof. Jakob Søndergaard Jensen (jsj@mek.dtu.dk) tel.: +45 4525 4280. You are very welcome to write or call if you have any questions about the position or the recruitment process.

 

You can read more about the Center for Acoustic-Mechanical Microsystems and the Acoustic Technology Group on www.camm.elektro.dtu.dk and www.act.elektro.dtu.dk.

You can read more about DTU Elektro at www.elektro.dtu.dk/english.
 
Application

Please submit your online application no later than 6 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

 

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

 

DTU Electrical Engineering educates students within electrical engineering technologies. We offer studies at BEng, BSc, MSc and PhD levels, and participate in joint international programmes. We conduct state-of-the-art research within antenna and microwave technology, robot technology, power and physical electronics, acoustic environment, electro-acoustics, electric power and energy. Our department has more than 200 members of staff.

 

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 6 March 2020
Unit: DTU Electrical Eng
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday March 6th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Data-driven Innovative Maintenance

Would you like to obtain a PhD and work in close collaboration with industry on developing methods to improve future operational maintenance strategies and Asset Management?

Then you might be our new colleague at the Section of Engineering Design and Product Development at the Technical University of Denmark. The section focuses on product design as well as systematic development of products and service systems. Applied research is central to the projects at the section and there is a wide portfolio of collaborations with companies of different organizational sizes and within different industries. The Section’s strong competencies and knowledge within design methods is being expanded with a new focus on operational activities to reflect the development in industry.

 

The field of research focuses on systematic optimization of maintenance operations in asset management with an initial focus on the oil and gas industry. The research focuses on process optimization and asset management and relies on a quantitative approach, where historical data is analysed and future scenarios simulated, to create solutions that have sustainable impact on future operations.

The overall objective is to develop models for describing and developing modular maintenance architectures for entire systems. This requires that maintenance tasks can be segmented in order to optimize and configure maintenance strategies for the different segments. The benefit is a decrease in non-value adding variance and an increase in the effectiveness of the maintenance.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

In your daily work, you will be a part of a dedicated research team that works in close collaboration on developing the research field. You will face a steep learning curve and experience direct industry collaboration with a big international company. You will be able to create value in both academia and industry and therefore have a strong position to continue your career within both.

 
In practice, the job will require you to:
  • Manage and carry through your own research project, be self-starting and to take initiative in shaping and driving your project forward.
  • Work in structured and data-driven manner in order to analyse, synthesize and develop maintenance architecture methodology.
  • Take relevant PhD courses (30 ECTS).
  • Publish in international peer reviewed journals and write a PhD thesis.
  • Actively engage in teamwork with the other PhDs as well as with industry partners.
  • Facilitate workshops and meetings with colleagues and company stakeholders.

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.

 

The ideal candidate has experience with data analytics and have a high interest for developing innovative models and methods.

We are looking for a person who likes diversity in their daily work where the daily task will vary from writing papers, doing data analytic and facilitating workshops with people form the industry.

 
Preference will be given to candidates with:

A relevant background in data analytics, product development or operation management

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

 
Assessment

The assessment of the applicants is conducted by the Head of Section, Professor Niels Henrik Mortensen and might involve rounds of both virtual and in-person interviews.

 

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

 

Primary workplace is DTU Lyngby Campus, but with frequent visits at the collaboration partner Total E&P Denmark A/S in Esbjerg.

 
You can read more about career paths at DTU here.
 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Niels Henrik Morten, tel.: +45 4525 6275

 

You can read more about “the Department” at www.mek.dtu.dk

 
Application

Please submit your online application no later than 1 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.


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

 

DTU Mechanical Engineering conducts teaching and research in basic mechanics, advanced design tools, product development, energy systems, coastal hydrodynamics and marine technology. 

Within the design and product development areas, the Department develops the basis for design of new land based and marine structures as well as industrial products, which take safety, economy, environmental impact, aesthetics and durability into account. The Department of Mechanical Engineering attaches great importance to integrated product development and the development of rational design principles for structures. 

 

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 1 March 2020
Unit: DTU Mechanical Eng
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Post expires on Sunday March 1st, 2020

Postdoc for analysis of crude oil and water using advanced chromatography and mass spectrometry

The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre (Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), invites applicants for a postdoc position on crude oil and reservoir water characterization as a part of a larger project relating to oil recovery in the context of advanced water flooding. Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU is established by the Danish Underground Consortium and DTU. As part of a national strategy on oil and gas, the research centre is an ambitious, targeted effort to improve recovery of oil and gas from the Danish North Sea. The advertised project focuses on improved recovery processes with a focus on sustainable production and water management.


Responsibilities and tasks
The position will be an integrated part of the advanced water flooding, produced water and tight reservoir development programmes at the DHRTC with a focus on mapping and characterizing oil constituents in water and oil samples from the Danish North Sea oil fields. In this context, the candidate is expected work with the team to perform innovative, fundamental, and applied research on:

  • Chemical analysis of crude oil samples, contaminated water samples and petroleum fluids.
  • Investigation of injection strategies of modified salinity and produced water into reservoirs.
  • Investigation of degradation of crude oil constituents and water treatment for removal of crude oil contaminants.

Water based enhanced oil recovery employs different techniques to optimize the flow of oil and to minimize the residual oil left behind by the water flooding of oil. The injection water can be modified to improve recovery by altering its composition by salinity modification or by additives. A molecular characterization of the crude oil constituents provides the link between well-established models for mixtures of simple molecules and improved models for reservoir fluids that consist of many complex components and ill-defined fractions. The water produced from well with the oil is a potential candidate for re-injection and is an environmental challenge if left untreated so there is particular interest in characterizing the composition of the water phase. The characterization will be based on modern analytical methods including advanced gas and liquid chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry (GCxGC and HRMS). Other methods available for petroleum analysis include FTIR, ICP-OES and NMR.

The project will involve work with partner laboratories and with the team in the fluid characterization and recovery processes groups at DHRTC.

Application potential
The line-of-sight application potential of this project is to assist the improved recovery and produced water management projects with application in the Danish North Sea.

Qualifications
PhD degree in analytical, organic or physical chemistry or similar

  • Exceptional skills in analytical experimental chemistry;
  • Experience with advanced chromatography, mass spectrometry and chemometrics
  • Interest in applied research;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English;

You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here: www.oilgas.dtu.dk/english/Research.

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 an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment terms of the Postdoc will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. Postdoc employment is for a period of two years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Karen Feilberg, klfe@dtu.dk.
You can read about the scientific basis for the centre’s activities here: 
www.oilgas.dtu.dk/english/Research
 
Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 6 March 2020 (23:59 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 stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement and names and addresses of three references
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD) and list of publications

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

The overarching purpose of The Danish Hydrocarbon Research and Technology Centre is to identify new technological and conceptual solutions that will enable increased oil and gas extraction in the Danish section of the North Sea. The research activities at the centre cover selected aspects of expertise: Reservoir characterization, Enhanced Oil & Gas Recovery Processes, Drilling & Production Technology Concepts and Production Facilities, Materials Research & Design. The centre will develop deep, new understanding within these disciplines with a line-of-sight to application. Located at The Technical University of Denmark research groups at the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Aalborg University and the Geological Survey of Greenland and Denmark will be affiliated with the Centre. When fully operational, the centre will employ and engage more than 100 people.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 6 March 2020
Unit: Centre for Oil and Gas – DTU
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Post expires on Friday March 6th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Miniaturised Microbial Solar Cells

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate to join the project ‘Pyrolytic Hierarchical Organic Electrodes for sustaiNable Electrochemical Energy Systems (PHOENEEX)’, which is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The overall vision of PHOENEEX is to develop a miniaturised biobattery. In this context, you will work in close collaboration with several researchers in an interdisciplinary team.

We are based at DTU Nanolab, where we conduct cross-disciplinary research and apply micro- and nanotechnology to a wide range of scientific disciplines and applications. The Biomaterial Microsystems group is a highly ambitious group, pursuing research on microfabrication of 3D polymer and carbon structures and devices and their application in drug delivery, bioelectrochemistry and biosensing.

Responsibilities and tasks
In microbial solar cells (MSCs), oxygenic microorganisms such as cyanobacteria or algae are used to capture light, carry out charge separation of water and transfer electrons to an electrode generating electrical power. The advantage of PMFCs is that the energy source is solar light, which is virtually unlimited. Furthermore, compared to traditional solar cells, solar cells based on oxygenic photosynthetic microorganisms are potentially able to deliver current in the dark where organic matter accumulated during operation in daylight conditions is processed by the microbes. MSCs require a suitable hosting support for 3D microbial biofilms, which cannot be efficiently electrochemically connected to electrodes with poorly defined architecture. We believe that this is a major limitation, as mainly the microorganisms in close proximity to the electrode contribute to the electron transfer. In PHOENEEX, we will explore hierarchically structured 3D carbon microelectrodes potentially allowing electrochemical energy harvesting in the full depth of the bacterial cultures.

Your main contribution will be the design, fabrication and evaluation of a miniaturized MSC. First, biofilm formation on carbon electrodes will be investigated and eventually the surface chemistry has to be optimized. Next, a systematic investigation of the influence of geometry and material properties of carbon microelectrodes on the electron transfer and the energy harvesting from photosynthetic microorganisms such as cyanobacteria will be conducted. Furthermore, the optimization of light transfer to the bacterial biofilms will be investigated. Finally, the performance will be compared to state of the art MSCs. The work will be conducted in close collaboration with Cambridge University.

We expect that you:
  • embrace the responsibility to plan and execute experimental research
  • are interested in cell biology, material science, microbial electrochemical systems and electrochemistry, and are eager to explore new research areas
  • ideally have experience with bioelectrochemistry, cell culturing and/or microsystem fabrication
  • have excellent engineering skills and an analytical mindset
  • are motivated to contribute to technology enabling sustainable energy
  • appreciate teamwork and have the ability to interact and collaborate with researchers and laboratory technicians in a very cross-disciplinary environment

Qualifications
Candidates should have a master’s degree in bioengineering, biomedical engineering, analytical chemistry, material science, microengineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering. The PhD project will be very interdisciplinary and the candidate is expected to have the interest to explore new bio-applications of carbon-based materials. A high grade average is decisive to be considered for the scholarship.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

 

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Stephan Sylvest Keller (DTU Nanolab), Professor Jenny Emnéus (DTU Bioengineering) and Postdoc Galina Pankratova (DTU Nanolab).

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

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Workplace
The fabrication of the microsystems will be carried out at DTU Lyngby Campus at DTU Nanolab. Through the ERC grant, a new laboratory – the PHOENEEX lab – will be established providing the infrastructure necessary to conduct the research in this ambitious project.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Stephan Sylvest Keller, suke@dtu.dk, tel.: +45 4525 5846.

You can read more about DTU Nanolab and the Biomaterial Microsystems group at www.nanolab.dtu.dk.

More information on the framework of the ERC Consolidator Grant can be found here:


Application
Please submit your online application no later than 5 April 2020.

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 single PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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 Nanolab is a common infrastructure and research facility located at and fully owned by the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. The core facilities consist of a large cleanroom and a state-of-the-art electron microscopy center inaugurated in 2007. The research activities carried out at DTU Nanolab span from nano- and microfabrication with Silicon-based materials, carbon and polymers to the highly sophisticated analysis of nanoscale materials in hard and soft matter. Since 2018, DTU Nanolab is extended to provide expertise in soft matter from small molecule complexes to biological cells.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 5 April 2020
Unit: DTU Nanolab
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Post expires on Sunday April 5th, 2020

Postdoc in Wind Farm Optimization

The Department of Wind Energy has a vacancy for a 2 year post-doctoral position in the Loads and Control Section (LAC) at DTU Risø Campus. DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

DTU Wind Energy develops state-of-the-art design methods to ensure the best performance, lowest cost and overall structural integrity of wind turbines as well as advance the design, operation and control of entire wind power plants for the future needs of the evolving energy system. This is a highly multi-disciplinary issue involving modeling of wind flow, aerodynamics, structures, controls, and more at varying levels of fidelity. LAC focuses on engineering models for loads and dynamics, aeroelastic stability, wind turbine and farm control, and wind farm design optimization, and implements its research in software tools and in courses to the benefit of the wind energy community in general.

This post-doctoral position focuses on developing and applying theoretical expertise in wind farm optimization in particular as a crucial element of the overall section and department activities in research, education and innovation.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

Your work will mainly be focused within systems engineering and optimization activities in research and commercial projects in Loads and Control Section at DTU Wind Energy. Specific tasks will include:

  • Development and adaptation of models for wind turbine and farm physics and costs for the TOPFARM wind farm optimization framework
  • Executing wind farm optimization studies in a range of applications including but not limited to: wind farm layout optimization, design of wind farm collection systems, hybrid plant sizing and physical design, etc.
  • Writing papers for conferences and journal publications, supporting development of research proposals, and participation on commercial projects for improving wind farm optimization practice by industry

In addition, you are also expected to support the activities on the overall maintenance, documentation, training and support of the TOPFARM wind farm optimization farmeork and model suite.

 

The research aims at creating new valuable knowledge within the wind farm systems engineering and optimization area and implementation of this in department activities as well as in the industry in both the short and long term. Much of our activities are performed in collaboration with the industry, as well as other Danish and foreign research institutions.

In addition, the researcher is also expected to contribute to the following tasks:

  • Contribute to the ongoing projects in LAC with reporting and administration
  • Offer support and assistance in teaching the wind energy courses relating to systems engineering and optimization and developing course materials if required
  • Supervise our wind energy master students relating to wind farm systems engineering and optimization and define the potential projects for the master students

Qualifications
The section for Loads and Control at DTU Wind Energy is looking for a post-doctoral in wind farm systems engineering and optimization with a strong academic background in optimization (particularly multi-disciplinary optimization) and its application in wind energy. The candidate must hold a PhD degree in systems engineering, aerospace engineering or relevant engineering disciplines. Industry work experience in wind energy farm design is preferable.

Experience with advanced multi-disciplinary analysis and optimization (MDAO) methods using both gradient, heuristic, meta-heuristic and mixed methods is preferable. Experience with uncertainty quantification and data-science techniques is also preferable. Additional skills of interest include:

  • Experience with Python / Julia programming languages and scientific libraries
  • Experience with OpenMDAO
  • Experience with High Performance Computing including OpenMP/MPI libraries

It is important that you are open-minded, responsible, ready to engage in a team and have good communication skills.

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 position is a 2 year post-doctoral position.
 
More information can be found here: Career paths at DTU.
 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Katherine Dykes, +45 21 79 92 59.

 
You can read more about the DTU Wind Energy department at https://www.vindenergi.dtu.dk/english .
 

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 29 February 2020 (23:59 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.

DTU Wind Energy is a department at the Technical University of Denmark with the overall mission to develop and create value using the natural and technical sciences and focusing on wind energy for the benefit of society. This includes research and education in siting and integration, wind turbine technology, and offshore wind energy as well as scientific advice and testing and other research-based services. The department is an internationally leading centre in wind energy and cooperates with industry and institutions worldwide.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 29 February 2020
Unit: DTU Wind Energy
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Post expires on Saturday February 29th, 2020

Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) position in Ecotoxicity and Ecosystem Impact Modelling

DTU Management’s group for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment (QSA) is among the leading in the world in developing and applying life cycle assessment methodology to evaluate the environmental sustainability of products, technologies, and services. QSA offers an excellent research environment with around 25 international staff, postdocs, and PhD students.

The QSA research group of DTU and the Marie Skłodowska -Curie Innovative Training Network (MSCA-ITN) project “Best chemical risk assessment professionals for maximum Ecosystem Services benefit (PRORISK)” offer an Early Stage Researcher (PhD Student) position “ESR 15 – Integrated risk assessment: from exposure through AOPs to ecosystem services”. 

PRORISK (www.prorisk-itn.eu) is a European Training Network funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 859891. The consortium comprises of 18 universities, research institutions, enterprises and partner organisations in 9 European countries and Canada creating a novel platform for training a network of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field of advanced Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA). Research and training provided through PhD study, PRORISK training programme and secondments in international multidisciplinary intersectoral teams in academia, industry and regulatory bodies will enable ESRs to address exposure, ecotoxicology, ecosystem services, as well as assessment and modelling of risks and socio-economic impacts. The ESRs within PRORISK will gain synthetic skills allowing them to develop and implement innovative ERA concepts and tools to link the effects of chemicals at different levels of biological organization to ecosystem services and to determine the socio-economic values of related environmental impacts.

The position is in the research field of ecotoxicity and ecological impact modelling with focus on the following research topics: 

    To translate ecotoxicological effects from chemical exposure via different adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) into damages on ecosystems expressed in measures of genetic diversity. To link ecosystem damages to ecosystem functions and ecosystem services related damages expressed in measures of functional diversity.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will contribute to advancing the field of ecotoxicological damage modelling using advanced methods and tools for ecotoxicity data analysis and structuring of ecosystem functions and services. 

This PhD project will focus on (1) translating ecotoxicological effects from chemical exposure via different outcomes into damages on ecosystems, and (2) linking ecosystem damages to ecosystem functions and ecosystem services related damages. Key activities will be: 

    Collecting, processing, and structuring ecotoxicological effect data from various sources Categorizing and aligning adverse outcome pathways (AOP) for ecosystem organisms with ecosystem functions and ecosystem services at various spatial scales Comparing and assessing different ecosystem effect metrics Characterizing ecosystem damages for a wide range of chemicals released to the environment Establishing a list of priority chemicals with respect to their relevance for ecotoxicological effects in a comparative assessment context

You will also assist in one or more of our university courses, and you will likely co-supervise bachelor and/or master thesis projects. You will become part of an energetic and dynamic research environment.

You will be employed and enrolled in the doctoral programme of the Department of Technology, Management and Economics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark. International collaborations and secondments are foreseen, namely with the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in The Netherlands, with the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and with Consulteco s.r.o., a company operating in the field of consulting in chemistry and environmental services in the Czech Republic.

MSCA eligibility criteria

    At the date of recruitment the applicants for the MSCA fellowship must have no PhD and less than 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience from the award of the degree that entitles them to undertake a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the applicant is to be recruited). The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Czech Republic for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

These eligibility requirements are non-negotiable and ineligible applicants will not be considered. Eligible applicants can be of any nationality.

Qualifications
Candidates must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree in ecology, (eco)toxicology, environmental health, environmental engineering, biology, (environmental) chemistry or other relevant field with knowledge and experience in data analysis and ecological/chemical modelling research. Fluency in English (working language) is a requirement.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide. 

Assessment
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Peter Fantke in collaboration with the PhD co-supervisors. 

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.

You will receive a contract of employment as a full-time researcher for the relevant period of their appointment, which will include applicable benefits in the host country. You complete a comprehensive personalized career development programme, with targeted training measures and participate in a range of network events. You will benefit from interdisciplinary cooperation and interaction within the network, providing you with the best preparation for a successful career in either academia or industry.

MSCA fellowships for ESRs provide salaries in line with H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 call. Additional allowances for mobility and family (if applicable) are also provided. Further information is available on www.prorisk-itn.eu. 

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The period of employment is 36 months.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Peter Fantke, tel.: +45 4525 4452.   

You can read more about DTU Management at www.man.dtu.dk/english.  

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 23 February 2020 (23:59 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: 

    Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project. Please indicate if you have applied for other PRORISK PhD fellowships (possible to apply up to three positions; indicate the preferences). A detailed CV including technical and analytical skills and publications if applicable. All academic level certificates (BSc and MSc) including university grades itemized by each course. Foreign documents should be sent as certified English translations. A synopsis (abstract) of the BSc and MSc thesis if applicable, or any previous research project. At least two professional referees (Name, address, telephone & email). Excel 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.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Deadline for applications is on 23 February 2020. A review of applications will run continuously as they are received. The short-listed applicants complying with the requirements will be invited for personal or Skype interviews foreseen in March-April 2020.

DTU Management conducts high-level research and teaching with a focus on sustainability, transport, innovation, and management science. Our goal is to create knowledge on the societal aspects of technology—including the interaction between technology and sustainability, business growth, infrastructure, and prosperity. Therefore, we explore and create value in the areas of management science, innovation and design thinking, business analytics, systems and risk analyses, human behavior, regulation, and policy analysis. The department offers teaching from introductory to advanced courses/projects at BSc, MSc, and PhD level. The Department has a staff of approximately 350. Read more here.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.
Deadline: 23 February 2020
Unit: DTU Management
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Post expires on Sunday February 23rd, 2020

Postdocs in Quantum Information Processing and Quantum Nonlocality with Continuous Variables

At the Section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology, we are seeking several excellent and highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to work on the theory of quantum information processing and quantum nonlocality with continuous variables.

Measurements on quantum systems can defy classical notions of cause and effect. This represents a striking departure from a classical description of nature and is central to the foundations of modern physics. At the same time, the lack of any classical causal explanation means that quantum events can be truly random, which enables novel information processing with security based directly on natural laws. This project will explore quantum correlations in continuous degrees of freedom, which are not yet well understood. The goal is to advance our fundamental understanding of quantum physics as well as to develop ultra-secure information processing and communication.

Successful candidates will be part of the research group of Prof. Jonatan Bohr Brask, within the Section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology at DTU Physics. The section also hosts top experimental researchers working on quantum information science and technology, including at bigQ – Center for Macroscopic Quantum States, a Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence. This enables great opportunities for realising theoretical ideas in practice and developing realistic protocols. Close collaboration with experimental colleagues is expected.

The positions are funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

Responsibilities and tasks
You will be developing new theoretical tools, with an aim to gain better understanding into quantum nonlocality in systems with continuous degrees of freedom, as well as novel protocols for secure quantum information processing. The work can be focused towards fundamental questions or applications, according to interests. Tasks could include:

  • Deriving new Bell inequalities.
  • Developing new numerical methods for nonlocality test.
  • Exploring device-independent and semi-device-independent random number generation and cryptography.
  • Developing novel proposals for quantum-optical implementations of continuous-variable nonlocality or new information-processing protocols.
You will be expected to present your results in scientific publications and at international conferences and meetings.

You will also be participating in the supervision of bachelor-, master-, and possibly graduate-level students, and in the lively academic environment within the section, with discussions, seminars, and social events.

Qualifications
Candidates should hold a PhD degree in physics, applied mathematics, or equivalent, and should have solid experience with quantum information science. In addition,  
  • Prior experience with quantum nonlocality and/or (semi)-device-independent quantum information processing is an advantage.
  • Prior experience with continuous variables in quantum information is an advantage (e.g. CV-QKD).
  • Prior experience with numerical tools in nonlocality/quantum information processing is an advantage (e.g. convex optimisation).
  • Good communication skills in both spoken and written English are required.
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 salary level is approximately 65.000 EUR/year incl. pension, with adjustments depending on experience.

The employment period is 2 years. The starting date is flexible, but preferably by 15 June 2020 or earlier.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jonatan Bohr Brask, tel.: (+45) 9351 0460, email: jonatan.brask@fysik.dtu.dk.

You can read more about the research of Prof. Brask here, and about the Section for Quantum Physics and Information Technology here.

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 March 2019 (23:59 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.

DTU Physics
At DTU Physics, we carry out cutting-edge research in modern physics, with particular focus on four main areas: quantum technology, sustainable energy, materials, and biophysics. Our focus is both to acquire greater knowledge about basic scientific problems and to conduct research oriented towards use in societies and companies.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Unit: DTU Physics
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

Postdoc in Immunology and Cell Engineering

Do you want to work on developing next-generation cell therapies for cancer immunotherapy? We are seeking a talented postdoc for interdisciplinary projects involving the engineering of human primary immune cells (for example, CAR-T). The candidate will join the Cell Architecture Group (PI Ryan T. Gill) at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) in Denmark. The Cell Architecture Group is developing cellular engineering technologies based on genome editing (CRISPR) with applications to cell-based therapies in the areas of immunology and stem cells. DTU Biosustain is part of the Technical University of Denmark and provides a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies with special emphasis on cell factory engineering and systems biology.

Responsibilities and tasks
We are looking for a candidate with demonstrated expertise working with T cells, NK cells, and/or immune oncology. The candidate should have practical, hands-on expertise in the isolation and culture of primary immune cells, analysis of cell subtypes by flow cytometry, and functional analysis of immune cells via cytokine release, cell killing, and other assays. The major responsibilities in the lab will be the functional characterization of novel, genetically engineered primary immune cells. The candidate will work together in a cross-functional team with opportunities to help design novel engineered cells with a focus on developing therapeutic applications.

Specific tasks will include:
  • Isolation and culture of primary human immune cells
  • Lead the design and implementation of functional assays for immune cells, including flow cytometry and FACS
  • Document experimental design and results in electronic lab notebooks
  • Analyze and organize data to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Develop and support the submission of patents and other intellectual property
  • Publish and present at professional meetings as appropriate.
Qualifications
  • Excellence in independent problem solving
  • Have deep laboratory experience within immunology, specifically with T cells, NK cells, and their application to cancer therapy
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge and experience with others
  • Ability to lead multiple projects and support collaborations
  • PhD degree or similar in immunology, biotechnology or equivalent with relevant experience as described above
  • Experience with omics data analysis and familiarity with scripting languages (e.g. Python) is desired, but not required
  • Experience with high-throughput methods and automation are desired, but not required

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an 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 with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment
The period of employment is time limited to 2 years.


The place of employment is the DTU main campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ryan T. Gill (
ryagil@biosustain.dtu.dk)

You can read more about the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at www.biosustain.dtu.dk

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • 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.

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Unit: Center for Biosustainability
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

Postdoc in Genome Engineering and Mammalian Synthetic Biology

Do you want to work on engineering next-generation cellular therapies? We are seeking a talented postdoc to work on interdisciplinary projects involving precise, high-throughput genome engineering for mammalian synthetic biology. The candidate will join the Cell Architecture Group (PI Ryan T. Gill) at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) in Denmark. The Cell Architecture Group is developing cellular engineering technologies based on high-throughput and multiplexed genome editing (CRISPR) for a wide range of downstream applications from industrial biotech to cell therapies. DTU Biosustain is part of the Technical University of Denmark and provides a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies with special emphasis on cell factory engineering and systems biology technologies.

Responsibilities and tasks
The candidates will focus on developing and implementing next-generation genome engineering and synthetic biology technologies for complex engineering of mammalian cell lines. Some projects will also involve using microorganisms such as yeast and E. coli as model systems to develop genome engineering technologies. We are looking for candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:

(1) Synthetic Biology: Candidates should have experience with, and desire to, engineer biological systems. This includes a background in developing synthetic biological circuits to regulate activity, such as X and Y or A not B. We are also looking for candidates with experience in antibody engineering using selection-based systems (Fx, phage display) in combination with NGS. Candidates with experience in complex genetic design such as MIMO synthetic circuits, computer aided protein engineering, and/or metabolic/ genomic engineering for cell therapy applications in mammalian systems will be prioritized.  We will also consider outstanding applicants with related experience that are motivated to develop competencies in this field.

(2) Genomic assays: Candidates for this position should be comfortable with designing and analyzing large-scale genomic assays using innovative molecular biology techniques such as genome-wide CRISPR screens with custom guide RNA libraries and high throughput/multiplexed cloning. Of particular importance is experience in generating and analyzing NGS data, for example: genome sequencing and single cell sequencing.

The candidate will be responsible for executing laboratory projects involving a variety of techniques encompassing: mammalian cell culture, high-efficiency transfection, standard molecular biology techniques such as design and assembly of synthetic DNA constructs, nucleic acid purification, CRISPR gene editing, next-generation sequencing, and basic bioinformatic analyses.

Specific tasks will include:
  • Develop innovative research plans
  • Design, implement and execute critical experiments associated with a research plan
  • Document experimental design and results in electronic lab notebooks
  • Analyze and organize data to draw meaningful conclusions
  • Develop and support the submission of patents and other intellectual property
  • Publish and present at professional meetings as appropriate.
Qualifications
  • Excellence in independent problem solving
  • Have deep laboratory experience with synthetic biology and genome editing-engineering technologies in mammalian cells
  • Have experience with omics data analysis and familiarity with scripting languages (e.g. Python) for working with large data sets
  • Enjoy sharing knowledge and experience with others
  • Ability to lead multiple projects and support collaborations
  • PhD degree or similar in molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or bioengineering or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice for the benefit of the surrounding community. We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an 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 with the relevant union.

Workplace and period of employment
The period of employment is time limited to 2 years.


The place of employment is the DTU main campus in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Ryan T. Gill (
ryagil@biosustain.dtu.dk)

You can read more about the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at www.biosustain.dtu.dk

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 15 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • 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.

DTU Biosustain is an international research center of excellence developing next generation cell factories and bioprocesses for sustainable production of high-value chemical compounds as well as protein-based products. The center uses advanced metabolic engineering techniques and computational biology ensuring efficient and cost-effective design and construction processes.

The center’s activities are a balanced mix of basic and translational research, complemented by an emphasis on business development to facilitate commercialization of new cell factories and associated technologies. DTU Biosustain offers state-of-the-art research facilities and assembles world leaders in the field thus offering a unique platform providing excellent talent development and career opportunities.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Unit: Center for Biosustainability
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

PhD scholarship in Enzyme catalysed degradation of plastic

The PhD program will be conducted at the Section for Protein Chemistry & Enzyme Technology (PCET), which is one of four research sections at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioengineering. The research at PCET aims to attain new knowledge within protein- and enzyme-structure function relations, enzyme-substrate interactions, biocatalytic mechanisms, conversion of energy relations and kinetics, and on enzyme-protein robustness and stability.

 

Responsibilities and tasks

The PhD student will be part of a research group that focuses on the use of enzymes for breakdown of plastics, particularly polyester. The group is headed by Prof. Peter Westh, based at PCET and its research is conducted in close collaboration with Novozymes A/S. Polyester is obviously not a natural substrate, but in some cases, it has been shown that enzymes may catalyse its hydrolysis into the constituent monomers. This has generated some hopes of biological remedies for the escalating accumulation of plastic in the environment, but the catalytic efficacies observed so far have been moderate. In order to understand this and form the basis for the design of more efficient plastic degrading enzymes, we need a better understanding of the enzymatic reaction as it occurs on the surface of the plastic particle.  

 

Our work on plastic degrading enzymes covers different experimental and bioinformatic activities. The current PhD program will focus on the development of assays and kinetic models that can be used for comparative analyses of different enzyme families, and the identification of rate limiting steps. This will include the use of different chromatographic and spectroscopic measurements and subsequent kinetic analysis of results both in the steady-state and transient time regimes. In later parts of the project, the obtained mechanistic insights will be used in attempts to design enzymes with better catalytic efficacies against plastics.  

 

We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in two or more of the following areas:

  • Enzyme kinetics
  • Physical biochemistry
  • Protein chemistry
  • Protein engineering
  • Enzyme assays (e.g. HPLC, colorimetry, biosensors or rapid mixing methods)
  • Kinetic modeling
  • Expression and purification of enzymes

We expect that you are an efficient team worker, have good communication skills, and have a critical approach to the formulation and testing of hypotheses. In addition, we appreciate a good sense of humor.

 

Qualifications
Candidates should have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. The MSc program should be in biological chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology.

 

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

 
Assessment

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Peter Westh, DTU, Dr. Jenny Bååth, DTU and Science Director Kim Borch, Novozymes.

 

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

 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Prof. Peter Westh, DTU Bioengineering, tel.: +45 3091 5488 or email petwe@dtu.dk.

 

You can read more about DTU Bioengineering” at www.bioengineering.dtu.dk/english and about the PCET section at www.bioengineering.dtu.dk/english/researchny/research-sections/section-for-protein-chemistry-and-enzyme-technology

 
Application

Please submit your online application no later than 15 March 2020 (23:59 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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.


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

 

DTU Bioengineering (Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine) is an important contributor to the areas of biotechnology, food technology and human health, through the advances we make in research, technology and innovation and through the training and education of first-class MScs and PhDs in bio-engineering.

 

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Unit: DTU Bioengineering
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

PhD position in Sustainable Electrocatalytic Halide Coupling with Alkenes

With decreasing electrical costs due to wind and solar, electrocatalytic approaches such as water electrolysis to hydrogen and CO2 electrolysis to products such as ethylene are starting to come to fruition. While halogenated hydrocarbons chemicals are extensively used in plastics, flame-retardant clothing, Teflon, and a variety of other products, society we have yet to significantly explore electrochemical coupling of halogens (Cl, Br, F) to hydrocarbons such as ethylene and proylene. Thus, this is an open call for a PhD position for studying electrocatalytic carbon-halide coupling.

While chlorine gas is already commercially produced electrochemically and homogeneous catalysts are known for alkene-halide coupling, this project will look to shortcut the process by coupling alkenes through halide salts rather than their gases to save energy and reduce safety issues.  Fundamentally, this project will investigate the binding of halides and alkenes to a variety of catalyst surfaces as a function of electrochemical potential.  The goal will be able to derive insights into optimal catalyst-reactant binding, and then use this knowledge to develop optimal catalysts for this process.

This project will involve producing transition metal (or metal oxide) catalysts via physical vapor deposition techniques (CVD, ALD or sputtering) or wet chemical techniques, and then characterizing their morphology and electronic structure with tools such as XPS, ISS, SEM, TEM, STM, and  XRD. Since this is a new field of research, the project will be mostly fundamental in nature with the goal being to investigate electrocatalysts in mixed alkene/halide environments. The approach of how to study these is where this project will split into two subprojects, allowing for two PhD projects.

The more fundamental project will focus on understand the binding, coupling, and release of reactants and products via a ‘sniffer chip’. This device basically consists of a porous silicon substrate integrated with a mass spectrometer. The sniffer chip, developed by DTU spinoff Spectroinlets allows highly sensitive monitoring of submonolayer adsorption and desorption of gases in real time as a function of applied potential. This project will use this tool extensively as a means to understand reaction mechanisms, and then (potentially with theoretical modellers) develop new catalysts to improve performance.

The slightly more applied project will investigate creating high surface area catalysts integrated into gas diffusion layers (similar to a fuel cell) to allow sufficient mass transfer of alkene gases to the catalysts. The focus of this project will be in testing catalysts for energy efficiency and product selectivity while also investigating reaction environment effects (i.e pH, temperature, etc.) on catalytic performance.

Both projects will take place in the Surface Science and Catalysis (SurfCat) at DTU Physics, but may interact with theoreticians from DTU Energy or Copenhagen University.

Qualifications
It is essential that the successful candidate is highly ambitious as well as open minded and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidate should have a Masters in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science or a similar field or will expect to have that degree within the immediate future.  The candidate should have extensive experimental experience working with heterogenous catalytic reactions (thermal catalysis, electrocatalysis, or photocatalysis). For those desiring the more fundamental side of this project, experience with vacuum systems is necessary. For those desiring the more applied side of this project, experience with high current density devices electrochemical devices (MEA fuel cells & electrolyzers, redox flow batteries, etc.) is desired.

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 example in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 upon with the relevant union. A PhD position is for 3 years and the PhD thesis must be delivered during this period. The position start date is negotiable, but is expected to be between June 1st and September 1st, 2020.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect: www.surfcat.dtu.dk.

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Associate Professor Brian Seger, brse@fysik.dtu.dk
.

Application

Your online application must be submitted no later than 15 March 2020 (23:59 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 – max one page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2-3 references.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 15 March 2020
Unit: DTU Physics
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Sunday March 15th, 2020

Postdoc in Electrical Infrastructure Optimization for Wind and Hybrid Power Plants

Come join the team that will solve one of the biggest challenges of wind power today.

 

The Department of Wind Energy at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Wind Energy) is seeking one or two Postdoctoral researchers working with Grid integration and control of offshore wind power. You will be part of the international team carrying out research in wind power integration and control, where the working language is English.

 

DTU Wind Energy is a mission driven university department with a vision to be the preferred university partner for the global wind energy sector. The department creates value for society through integration of research with education, innovation and research-based consultancy within key fields central to the development and use of wind energy.

 

The position will be in the Section for Integration and Planning (INP). Research in INP is oriented towards issues that are relevant for industrial development and applications, and we work in projects with system integration, control concepts for wind turbines, wind power plants, electrical components, grid connection and large-scale wind energy penetration.

 
Responsibilities and tasks

Offshore wind power is now developing rapidly in Northern Europe and, with the very ambitious target from the European Union, it can reach as much as 450 GW installed capacity by 2050. Currently, this development is largely driven by the very significant reduction in the cost of offshore wind. However, this reduction is mainly due to increase in wind turbine capacity, improvements in installation methods and very low cost of financing. Electrical network and grid connection of offshore wind power is an area where optimization is at its incipient stages. Another approach is to make better use of the electrical infrastructure, either by optimizing its sizing and layout, or by combining it with other RES like solar PV and storage. The market for wind, solar and storage based utility-scale hybrid power plant is developing all over the world. The benefit of combining different energy technologies lies in optimal utilization of electrical infrastructure to increase capacity factor and minimize cost of energy. Benefit of adding storage lies in maximizing profit from energy market by optimal shifting of energy dispatch. However, challenge lies in development of optimal siting and sizing methods, and optimal electrical infrastructure design methods.

 

DTU Wind Energy is leading the efforts in integrated design and optimization of wind and hybrid power plants, with the software platform TOPFARM, used for optimization of wind farm design and operational strategies in both onshore and offshore applications.

 

The Postdoc is expected to drive the development and will primarily work with optimization of electrical infrastructure:

  • Electrical infrastructure optimization
  • Optimal sizing of electrical equipment
  • Optimal sizing of wind, solar and storage technology for minimizing cost and maximizing profit
  • Cost models of electrical infrastructure and equipment

Further, the candidate will contribute to the development of TOPFARM and to teaching and supervision of MSc and PhD students

 

Qualifications
Candidates should have a PhD degree in Wind Energy, Electrical Engineering or equivalent.

 

The successful candidate is required to have excellent knowledge of:

  • Documented in-depth knowledge about mathematical and (meta)heuristic optimization methods, with applications in electric power systems.
  • Documented knowledge of optimization under uncertain and stochastic environment.
  • Very good understanding of power system.
  • Very good understanding of renewable energy systems especially wind power.
  • Proven programming skills in Matlab and Python.
  • Experience with optimization software like CPLEX, GAMS, etc.

Successful candidates are expected to have documented experience with converter based experimental systems.

 
Other qualifications:
  • ability to work independently towards the research goals
  • ability to collaborate with other researchers
  • fluency in communicating, reading and writing English
  • excellent track record of papers in conferences and journals
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 Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

 

The period of employment is 2 years.

 

The place of work will be DTU Wind Energy, Risø Campus at Roskilde.

 

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

 
Further information

Further information may be obtained from Head of Section Jens Carsten Hansen, +45 4677 5074 or Professor Nicolaos Cutululis, +45 2132 4965.

 

You can read more about DTU Wind Energy on www.vindenergi.dk

 
Application procedure:

Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2020 (23:59 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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (an official translation into English)
  • 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 Wind Energy is one of the world’s largest centres of wind energy research and knowledge, with a staff of more than 240 people from 37 countries working in research, innovation, research-based consulting and education. DTU Wind Energy has approximately 40 PhD students. The department’s cross-disciplinary research is organized through strategic research programmes that collaborate with Danish and international universities, research institutions and organizations, as well as the wind industry. 

 

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 28 February 2020
Unit: DTU Wind Energy
Read the job description and apply online

Post expires on Friday February 28th, 2020

Postdoc position: Discovering new Catalysts in the Cluster-Nanoparticle Transition Regime

An experimental surface science postdoc: Discovering new Catalysts in the Cluster-Nanoparticle Transition Regime

The position is Funded by the European Research Council under the advanced grant scheme (ERC-ADV). The overarching aim of this project is to provide new catalysts that may facilitate efficient sustainable energy conversion and thereby help phasing out fossil fuels. The position is at SurfCat which is also leading the “The Villum Center for the Science of Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals” (V-SUSTAIN).

 

The Postdoc will work with a new UHV-compatible dual magnetron cluster machine using time-of-flight mass selection. This is connected to an UHV system equipped with an Århus-STM, XPS, TPD, ISS and fast entry lock system allowing for careful characterization of cluster and nanoparticles deposited on various support materials. The sample transfer system is based on the omicron design. This dual magnetron allows us to produce small entities of oxides, nitrides, sulphides, and phosphides where some of the atoms are replaced with another metal, with the goal of breaking the scaling relations and finding new and efficient catalysts. The produced cluster will be tested in other parts of our laboratory in relation to sustainable energy conversion reactions like electrochemical HER, OER, ORR, CO2RR, NRR. The electrochemical catalytic testing is done as a collaborative effort since this post-doc is expected to be more focused on the surface science aspect of this process. There will also be testing of thermal catalytic reactions such as productions of alcohols from CO2 and H2. The latter being done ether in our microreactor platform or in a in situ high pressure cell under construction.

Qualifications
The successful candidate is well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. The candidate is expected to have a PhD degree in Physics, but candidates with appropriate background and a PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science will also be considered. It is absolutely mandatory that the candidate has extensive experience working with UHV-systems/methods and experience with clusters/nanoparticles is naturally highly desirable.

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 for 1 year.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect www.surfcat.dtu.dk.

Should you have any queries regarding the positions, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff ibchork@fysik.dtu.dk or Assistant Professor Jakob Kibsgaard jkib@fysik.dtu.dk.

Application

Your online application must be submitted no later than 1 March 2020 (23:59 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 cover letter motivating the application. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas incl. list of grades obtained
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of min. 2 references.
Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their PhD degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 1 March 2020
Unit: DTU Physics
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Post expires on Sunday March 1st, 2020

PhD position for Doing Fundamental Studies Generating and using Mass-selected Cluster/Nanoparticles for Conversion of Sustainable Energy

The PhD student will be financed by CLUNATRA projectwhich is an ERC-ADV grant from EU, which is collaborating under the umbrella of V-Sustain. The PhD student will work in the section SurfCat at DTU Physics and mainly focus on making mass-selected cluster/ nanoparticles on our single and dual magnetron cluster sources.  Both are connected to a fully equipped UHV system with a broad range of surface science characterization tolls such as XPS, ISS, SEM, STM. Prepared samples can also be characterized ex situ using TEM.  The targeted reactions are primarily for conversion of sustainable energy so it can either be electrochemical oxidation of water forming hydrogen or electrochemical reduction of CO2 or N2, but also thermal heterogeneous catalysis for CO2 hydrogenation into methanol or Nitrogen into ammonia.

A significant part of V-SUSTAIN takes place at Experimental Surface and Nanomaterials Physics at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Here we enjoy a social, open and transparent scientific environment. The students will be able to take full advantage of the large number of personnel working in adjacent fields of investigation, from surface science on single crystals to the testing of high surface area catalysts in reactors.

The work will be focused on the synthesis, testing and characterisation of new catalysts using state of the art in-house facilities especially the UHV based systems for mass-selected cluster/nanoparticles generation. It relies heavily on a close collaboration between theory and experiment, where the most promising catalysts are identified by in-silico screening.

When applying please indicate which of the projects you are most interested in applying for and motivate your choice and a possible earliest starting date. Notice candidates finalizing their master during 2020 may apply now.

Qualifications
The successful candidate will have obtained excellent grades in his/her Bachelor and Master degree. He/she should also be well-motivated, hardworking and willing and able to work as part of a team. Candidates for the PhD position should have a Masters’ degree in Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science by the time they commence the project. Candidates who has shown interest/had experience with a surface science approach may be preferred.

Approval and Enrolment of PhD Students
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 example in Mathematics, Physics and Informatics. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years and the PhD thesis must be delivered during this period. The position can start anytime in spring/summer 2020.

You can read more about
career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information about the research at SurfCat at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) please inspect www.surfcat.dtu.dk.

Should you have any queries regarding the position, please contact Professor Ib Chorkendorff, ibchork@fysik.dtu.dk.

Application
Your online application must be submitted no later than 1 March 2020 (23:59 local time). Applications must be submitted as one and one only 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 cover letter motivating the application. (Max one page)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A list of publications
  • Copies of BSc, MSc and PhD degree diplomas
  • Mandatory excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system and calculation of average for BsC and Master degree. (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)
  • Names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers of 2 references.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having obtained their Master with an acceptable grade.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 1 March 2020
Unit: DTU Physics
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Post expires on Sunday March 1st, 2020

PhD position in Biomarkers for Cancer in Biophotonic Images

The Department of Healthcare Technology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking a candidate for a PhD position on optical imaging systems for biomarkers for cancer in biophotonic Imaging.

The PhD student will join the
Biophotonic Imaging group at the Department of Healthcare Technology (DTU Health Tech) consisting of ca 10 employees, including several PhD students and postdocs. Within the group, we are working on the advancement of optical imaging technologies for clinical and biological applications. Currently we have research projects on multimodal imaging combining optical coherence tomography, two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy, lightsheet microscopy, fibre delivery of ultrashort pulses, as well as investigation of biomarkers relevant for cancer diagnosis using biophotonic imaging.

Background
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in Europe, causing 225 000 deaths in 2012 (12% of the total) Current standard practice for diagnosing colorectal cancer is white light endoscopy, during which the colonoscopist assesses the appearance of polyps and tissue to identify possible neoplastic changes and decides whether to resect for further analysis using histopathology. To avoid a high number of undetected early stages of colorectal cancer, this procedure results in many unnecessary resections, posing higher risk for colon perforation requiring emergency surgery. On top of this, colonoscopy is not as effective in prevention of colorectal cancer in the right colon as in the left and provides sensitivity and specificity levels starting at 60% and 40%.

Therefore, a technology to assess the malignancy of suspect lesions in situ during colonoscopy would benefit both the patients and reduce healthcare costs. Optical imaging modalities have the ability to non-invasively probe tissue using non-ionizing radiation. This makes optical imaging an obvious choice for use as a diagnostic tool in many fields in healthcare, including oncology.

Optical Coherence Tomography
(OCT) is already used worldwide on a daily basis in ophthalmology and in dermatology clinics to identify the structure of tissue in depth and thus characterise suspicious lesions. However, the technology still has an untapped potential, as the gathered data also contain information about optical properties of the tissue: these properties are linked to cell constituents. The diagnostic power of these additional biomarkers has only been skimmed thus far.

Two-Photon Excitation Fluorescence Microscopy
(TPEFM), an established tool in the biosciences, is an emerging modality for clinical diagnostics. It is capable of probing endogenous fluorescent biomarkers inside the tissue with no or limited photodamage dealt. Two known endogenous fluorophores are NADH and FAD, providing insight into metabolic activity of the cells, thus enabling label free functional imaging.

Raman Spectroscopy
provides a characteristic fingerprint identifying the molecules present in the probed sample, albeit only of the cells on the surface, i.e., only superficial cell layers of the tissue. It therefore allows assessment of the chemical composition and thus metabolic state of said cells.

As the metabolic state of cancerous cells is higher than of their non-cancerous equivalents, and the molecular composition and organelle contents of cells are different, all three modalities allow classification of cells and lesions. Additionally, as we have access to complementary classes of biomarkers, connected to structure from OCT and TPEFM and to function from optical properties, TPEFM and Raman, a multimodal assessment of cells or lesions taking all biomarkers into account will allow a more accurate diagnosis than each modality could provide on its own.

These optical modalities can readily be integrated into a colonoscope and thus have the potential to elevate sensitivity and specificity of cancer diagnosis in colonoscopy above current levels. To successfully apply OCT, TPEFM and Raman as diagnostic tools in oncology, we have to relate the above-mentioned biomarkers to early stages of colorectal cancer. Such biomarkers are challenging to characterise in complex environments such as biopsies due to their dependence on various environmental and disease specific influences. Therefore, we first have to turn to simple model systems where the environment can be tightly controlled. Spheroids, three-dimensional cell structures, can simulate the local conditions in a tumour better than two-dimensional cell cultures, due to the added cell-cell and cell-matrix interaction also present in an actual tumour, while still being easy to grow, handle and allowing control of the environment. Basic spheroids can be grown in well-plates, while more advanced structures can be built using solid scaffolds as a base for adherent cells, emulating
in vivo situations even more closely. As such, we can simulate different tumour stages by growing spheroids from normal colon epithelial cells and from tumour cells, control the nutrition and oxygen supply to the spheroid or, in the case of scaffold-based technique, to individual parts of the spheroid, and investigate these tumour models using our optical modalities to establish relevant biomarkers differentiating tumours with malignant cells from tumours with benign cells.

We can then use these newly established biomarkers on colon biopsies to probe the state of those cells, and we can also use the same biomarkers and spheroids for testing the effects of medications on the cells in preclinical trials.

Description of the PhD project
This PhD project would entail the steps laid out above: in collaboration with Bioneer A/S, we have already established protocols for growing spheroids from healthy and cancerous colon epithelial cells, and we have done preliminary tests on recording and analysing of OCT and TPEFM biomarkers. This PhD will perform extended studies on scaffold-free and scaffold-based spheroids grown from different cell lines in different environments. The PhD student will characterise the cells’ states in the spheroids using immunohistochemistry. OCT, TPEFM and Raman data will be recorded and analysed to provide the new biomarkers: For OCT, the PhD student will use a mathematical model and fitting procedure previously developed in our group to extract the optical properties and show their diagnostic value on a fundamental level, by connecting these properties to the underlying biological features present in the cell lines. In TPEFM, our existing system provides recording of spectrally resolved data: this allows the identification of new fluorescence spectral bands most relevant for diagnosis. The PhD student will build a Raman system on our existing two-photon platform, both for collection of the Raman data from the surface, but also using spatially offset Raman and novel light-sheet Raman to enable data collection from deeper layers in the spheroids, thus allowing fast, co-registered multimodal imaging on the samples. To analyse the Raman data acquired from the different cell line spheroids, the PhD student will work closely together with the University of St. Andrews to extract the spectral features specific for cancerous cells.

Finally, the PhD student will extract the biomarkers established through this study from biopsies acquired from colon in an existing collaboration with the University Hospital Freiburg, to show the diagnostic capabilities of this all-optical, potentially minimally invasive multimodal approach.

Tasks and Expected Publications
 

  • Model and fitting procedure for OCT data to extract optical properties from spheroids
  • Optical properties are established as OCT biomarkers by comparing data and immunohistochemical assays from different spheroid types and states.
  • TPEFM biomarkers are identified by comparing two-photon excited auto-fluorescence signals and immunohistochemical assays of different spheroid types and states.
  • Raman signatures for cancerous and non-cancerous spheroids of cells are established.
  • OCT, TPEFM and Raman biomarkers are recorded in a multimodal setup to study spheroids and biopsies of colon, and the diagnostic accuracy is shown.

Qualifications
The candidate should have a master’s degree in applied physics, biophotonics, photonics engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree. A solid background in optics, photonics, optical imaging and data processing is an asset, and knowledge of microscopy is an advantage. Previous experience in working with cells and cells cultures is required. We expect the candidate to have strong laboratory skills in the above areas. Good communication skills in written and spoken English is a must. Starting date is spring 2020.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and only candidates with an above the average marks are accepted in the program. We recommend the applicants to contact the supervisors in advance to assess the suitability of the application.

Candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programs of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the
DTU PhD Guide.

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

Part of the project is expected to be carried out at one of our collaborator’s abroad, as an external research stay.

You can read more about
career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Dr. Peter E. Andersen, tel. +45 4677 4555, email peta@dtu.dk, or Dr. Dominik Marti, tel. +45 4677 4568, email domar@dtu.dk.

You can read more about Department of Healthcare Technology on
www.healthtech.dtu.dk/english.

Application
Please submit your application as soon as possible and no later than 6 March 2020 (23:59 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: 

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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


DTU Health Tech engages in research, education, and innovation base on technical and natural science for the healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector is a globally expanding market with demands for the most advanced technological solutions. DTU Health Tech creates the foundation for companies to develop new and innovative services and products which benefit people and create value for society. DTU Health Techs expertise spans from imaging and biosensor techniques, across digital health and biological modelling, to biopharma technologies. The department has a scientific staff of about 175 persons, 130 PhD students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 80 persons.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Ouakrim et al.: Trends in colorectal cancer mortality in Europe: retrospective analysis of the WHO mortality database. BMJ 351:h4970 (2015).
Radaelli F: The Resect-and-Discard Strategy for Management of Small and Diminutive Colonic Polyps. Gastroenterol Hepatol 9(5), 305–308 (2013).
Turani Z et al.: Optical Radiomic Signatures Derived from OCT Images to Improve Identification of Melanoma. Cancer Res 79(8), 2021-2030 (2019).
Chang S, Bowden AK: Review of methods and applications of attenuation coefficient measure-ments with optical coherence tomography. J. Biomed. Opt. 24 (9), 090901 (2019).

Deadline: 6 March 2020
Unit: DTU Health Tech
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Post expires on Friday March 6th, 2020

PhD position in ultrafast Spectroscopy of Two-Dimensional Metal Halide Perovskites using Hollow-Core Fibre Laser based Light Sources

In response to a recently funded research project (ULTRA-LOWD) supported by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, we are pleased to announce a PhD position in the field of experimental ultrafast terahertz science and technology within DTU Fotonik at the Technical University of Denmark. The position is fully-funded for a period of three years.

Using a newly developed laser source that utilises hollow-core fibre technology and delivers intense, broadband THz radiation at unprecedented repetition rates (up to several MHz, with multi-kV/cm field strengths), this project will:
 
  • Develop a complementary beam-line delivering wavelength tunable pulses covering the visible spectral region by harnessing nonlinear interactions in gas-filled fibre;
  • Use these as-generated visible pulses in a transient absorption setup to both photo-excite and probe the ultrafast electronic response of low-dimensional crystalline materials subject to strong THz excitation;
  • Explore the relationship between structural and electronic properties in two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting layered metal halide perovskites (MHPs).
This approach will allow us to unravel couplings between specific structural modes and relaxation pathways of hot charge-carriers, the role of excitons, and the formation and coupling of exciton complexes with the crystal lattice – all of which are not well understood in 2D MHPs. This fundamental understanding will have important implications for the development of future energy-efficient electronic devices to meet the challenges of a sustainable green society.

This is an open and unrestricted call. The successful candidate will be chosen based on their merits and suitability, but will be expected to have:
 
  • An excellent record of academic performance from a recognised institution;
  • A strong grounding in the foundations of nonlinear optics and solid-state physics;
  • A proven interest in ultrafast spectroscopy;
  • The ability to think laterally, propose solutions to complex problems and analyse experimental data within the framework of theoretical models;
  • A good command of written and verbal English.
  • A two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree.
It would be a beneficial if the candidate has: 
  • Hands-on experience working in an ultrafast optics laboratory;
  • Competency in Python, Julia, C++ etc for data analysis, modelling and visualisation.  
 We will offer you: 
  • A collaborative, engaging and stimulating working environment within which to rigorously pursue your scientific interests;
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories equipped with leading-edge ultrafast laser infrastructure enabling a broad range of spectroscopic experiments;
  • The opportunity to travel internationally to present your latest results at conferences and workshops, and perform research work at collaborating universities;
  • A strong ethos of work-life-balance;
  • A competitive salary.
Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

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

You can read more about
career paths at DTU here.

Further information
For further information and informal enquiries, please contact Edmund Kelleher, edkel@fotonik.dtu.dk or visit www.fotonik.dtu.dk/english.

Application
Please submit your online application no later than 28 February 2020 (23:59 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: 
  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel 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.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

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

DTU Fotonik has 220 employees and is one of the largest research centers in the world focusing entirely on photonics. Research is performed within the span from fundamental science to applications, emphasizing the areas of nanophotonics, lasers, quantum photonics, optical sensors, LEDs, photovoltaics, ultra-high speed optical transmission systems, and bio-photonics.

Technology for people
DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

Deadline: 28 February 2020
Unit: DTU Fotonik
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Post expires on Friday February 28th, 2020