PhD Scholarships at Technical University of Denmark

11 Postdoctoral Fellowships at Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

(1) Postdoc Fellowship Position: LCA modelling of emerging technologies in waste management, with an interest in research dissemination

Do you have a strong interest and the skills to model technologies and systems for the management of waste and other residual resources? We need your help to tackle a crucial issue in sustainable transition: modelling of emerging solutions and technologies We look for the LCA expert that can complement our group, and be the key modeler in the project.

The tasks related to the project will involve applied modelling: deepening our current knowledge on emerging plastic polymers, as well as modelling emerging ways to de-polymerize such polymers and re-polymerize them into new polymer products, in connection with the experts from other working packages in the UPLIFT project. From an LCA point of view, this will involve both process-specific technology modelling as well as gaining an understanding of the wider context where this technology will operate (for example market mechanisms, interaction with the waste management system).

More in general, as a Postdoc you will work with us on methodological development in LCA, establishing a framework for modelling emerging solutions and technologies in LCA and their interaction with the surrounding related market. This is a crucial issue in utilizing LCA modelling tools for fostering sustainable transition. We expect you to be able to work independently, while also being part of a team. Furthermore, we expect you can contribute with new insights and ideas to research directions.

Deadline : 1 December 2022

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(2) Postdoc Fellowship: Nanometric anti-icing coatings for wind turbine wings (NanoWings)

The postdoc project will focus on the “the design, synthesis and characterization of transparent nanocoating composite formulations for the application as anti-icing coatings on wind turbine blades”. The project includes the evaluation of composite blends for application into coatings via electrospinning and a subsequent curing process. You will design the blends of a polymer glue and nanoparticles, allowing the electrospinning into nanofiber mats. This work will include the determination of the rheology of the polymer blends for the electrospinning process. For the composite nanofiber materials, you will help in optimizing the gluing/heat treatment process onto coating substrates. Furthermore, you will characterize the chemical processes during the curing of the polymer blends  (e.g. interaction with UV light) via various analytical methods and evaluate basic properties of the resulting coatings, such as microstructure and wetting angle.

The blends will be developed and applied on wind turbine blades in close collaboration with the department of Wind and Energy Systems at DTU and with Linari, a leading OEM for electrospinning equipment. In the framework of the EU project NanoWings, you will have the opportunity for further international collaboration and participate actively in project meetings. You will be a member of the Solid State Electrochemistry (SSE) section counting more than 20 members.

Active dissemination of your results in scientific articles and through participation in international conferences is a part of your job.

The candidate should have experience with polymers and preferably with the development of anti-icing coatings. A strong background in chemistry, physics, nano technology or similar would be a good basis.

Deadline : 11 December 2022

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(3) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Grid integration of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in renewable-based systems

Do you want to be involved in the green energy transition? Do you wish to contribute to the development of e-mobility integration and are you looking for a career in R&D or academia? Then we have a great opportunity for you! We invite applications for a 2-year Postdoc position that will contribute to the development of methods to exploit synergies between public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and renewable energy resources and support the European-wide rollout of charging infrastructure.

DTU Wind and Energy Systems is a world-leading wind energy department that puts knowledge to work through cutting-edge research, innovation and development of technology. We have internationally leading research environments, and we prioritize strong cross-disciplinary collaborations within DTU, with leading international universities and facilities, and with private companies. We have a strong focus on the development of wind energy as the backbone of the future energy system and collaborate with the full sector.

You will be part of an international team carrying out research in the section for e-mobility and prosumer integration.

Funding research projects
The position is jointly supported by two European projects: FLOW and EV4EU.

  • Flexible energy systems Leveraging the Optimal integration of EVs deployment Wave (FLOW) is funded by EU HORIZON and runs between July 2022 and June 2026. The FLOW project will demonstrate multifaceted EV smart charging and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) integration into energy systems thanks to a range of comprehensive solutions providing answers to the needs of all actors involved. The FLOW project consists of 26 partners from 9 countries.
  • Electric Vehicles Management for carbon neutrality in Europe (EV4EU) is funded by EU HORIZON and runs between June 2022 and December 2025. The EV4EU project proposes and implements bottom-up and user-centric Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) management strategies creating the conditions for the mass deployment of electric vehicles. The strategies will consider the impact of smart charging on EV battery degradation, the interaction between user needs and charging methods, and the impact on the power system with a focus on energy markets integration. The EV4EU project consists of 22 partners from 5 countries.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The candidate must hold a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or a related discipline with focus on energy systems. Areas of interest include controllability of charging stations, modelling of distributed energy resources and integrated operation of energy systems.

Deadline : 15 December 2022

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(4) Postdoc position: Solid state electrochemical TEM

Do you want to contribute to the green transition by developing P2X technology? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you. P2X is becoming a key technology in green energy infrastructures, and its core is electrolysis. The most efficient electrolysis technology is solid oxide electrolysis (SOEC), but the primary concern for implementing SOEC on a large scale is the loss of efficiency caused by cell degradation. The goal of the project is to bring the SOEC technology ahead by offering a better understanding of SOEC cell degradation mechanism.

The work is part of the ERC project “High-temperature Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Transmission electron microscopy on energy materials” (HEIST). As part of the project you will be part of a team with ties to other research institutions and industry.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your focus will be to directly link structural and compositional changes in the cells with the electrochemical environment (gas composition, temperature and electrical polarization) in order to gain new fundamental insight into the degradation mechanism of cells.

You will do this by applying our recently developed method for operando electrochemical TEM experiments, where electrochemical experiments are performed inside an environmental TEM (ETEM) in reactive gasses, at elevated temperatures and with electrical polarization.

As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). You are expected to have the following qualifications

  • Knowledge about electrochemistry
  • Knowledge about solid oxide electrolysis or solid oxide fuel cells
  • Experience with transmission electron microscopy (TEM)
  • Experience with focused ion beam (FIB)
  • Experience with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

Deadline : 16 December 2022

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(5) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Materials Science and Engineering

Are you intrigued by materials failure and seek an opportunity to resolve the microstructural reasons in quest for a potential cure? Fatigue during cyclic loading is overwhelmingly the dominant reason for materials deterioration. Repeated loading and unloading changes the internal microstructure and bring about local stresses in metallic materials. These internal stresses superimpose with external loads in a synergistic manner causing an accelerated microstructural evolution, initiation of fatigue cracks and ultimately failure. Recent experimental findings reveal that the maximum of the internal stress shows a phase shift and does not coincide with the maximum external load but occur later – strongly urging for reconsideration of their impact on cyclic deformation. The collaborative research project aims towards gaining insight in this phase shift, its origin, and consequences for the microstructural deterioration during fatigue. The post doc position offers participation in beam times and an outplacement for three months at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your focus will be on characterizing the microstructural evolution in an aluminum alloy during cycling loading in tension and compression. Additional to laboratory experiments, you will perform x-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation applying high-resolution reciprocal space mapping in-situ while cyclic loading. Based on the data, you will quantify the microstructure and the development of internal stresses during individual tension compression cycles shedding light on the mechanical stress state and its evolution during load cycles causing fatigue in the alloy.

Your tasks will include:

  • Mechanical testing (mainly cyclic deformation)
  • Microstructural characterization by electron microscopy (mainly EBSD)
  • Participation at synchrotron beam time (PETRA or APS)
  • Analysis of x-ray diffraction data to extract information on microstructure and stresses
  • Simulation of the mechanical behavior and microstructural evolution

You should have a solid background in material science and mechanical engineering, in particular materials characterization and mechanics of solids.

Deadline : 4 December 2022

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(6) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Energy Harvesting in the Gut – Microelectronics and Transducers

We seek a person who is in line with our IDUN values ( and who is highly self-motivated and with a great flair for guiding students. You can see the greater picture of the section/department and align with the goals of the section. You enjoy the interaction with team members, students and collaborators, and create a positive working environment. You are motivated by both individual and team accomplishments.

You will be responsible for expanding our activities within microelectronic devices with wireless communication capabilities to control sensors and actuators. This will include knowledge and work in low-power miniature microcontrollers, Bluetooth/ZigBee/Z-Wave/RFID/etc., pH/Temperature/etc. sensing and ionic actuators. Therefore, it is essential that you have solid knowledge and interdisciplinary experience in: low-power device circuit design, harvested energy conditioning and transducer control.
Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Explore possibilities for energy harvesting in the gut – with a focus on microelectronics
  • Low-power microelectronic devices design, programming, and evaluation
  • Explore and implement low-power wireless communication methods
  • Realise integration of sensors and actuators
  • Explore strategies for storing harvested energy
  • Test microelectronic devices in vitro and eventually in vivo
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects, and be co-supervisor for PhD students

Deadline : 2 December 2022

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(7) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Post-harvest processing of seaweeds

DTU Food is looking for a postdoc for a 2-years position with focus on post-harvest processing of commercially cultivated seaweeds. This includes reduction of potential toxic elements as well as retention of wanted compounds such as vitamins and polysaccharides. As our new colleague you will be working in the Research Group on Bioactives – Analysis and Application at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food). One of the focus areas of the group is investigation the potential of utilizing seaweeds as food or food ingredients. You will be part of a dynamic team with high international visibility, many research collaborations with leading international universities and organisations and a successful track record of national and international research projects.

Responsibilities and qualifications
A major part of your activities will be associated with the ongoing project Sustainable Ingredients From Cultivated Kelp to the Food Industry (SusKelpFood) in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen (IMR). You will take a leading role in the organization and implementation of the SusKelpFood work at DTU. The research activities will take place at DTU, IMR and yearly fieldwork at industrial processing facilities and kelp cultivation sites, therefore you must be time flexible.

The position involves participation in laboratory work such as analysis of potential toxic elements, monosaccharides and vitamins as well as design of experiments and coordination of samples from various stakeholders in the project. In addition, you will participate in the supervision of younger students and in the project coordination of SusKelpFood both internally at DTU and with other project partners located in Norway. The candidate may also be involved in other research activities within the research field of the group.

Deadline : 1 December 2022

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(8) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Silicone Polymer and Elastomers

We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to be part of several upcoming research projects. The first is a Novo Nordisk Foundation-funded project, “Soft wearables with high energy density: merging chemical biology and silicone chemistry with compliant active devices (WeArAble). The project will be conducted in close collaboration with Northeastern University (US) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne. The second project is a collaboration project with an international company and involves the development of novel dampening elastomers.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The focus of the two postdoc positions will be the characterization and development of novel polymers and elastomers. Both postdocs will work in close collaboration with nearby colleagues as well as with either industrial or academic partners abroad or in Denmark. The positions will involve research dissemination of results in scientific literature and at seminars and conferences. You will be involved in the supervision of bachelor and master students and the co-supervision of Ph.D. students.

Postdoc 1 will work on the WeArAble project and develop novel elastomers for exoskeletons. Tasks include synthesizing and preparing silicone polymers and elastomers and chemical, mechanical, and dielectric characterization.
Postdoc 2 will work to establish structure-property relationships for dampening properties of a novel type of elastomer in collaboration with an international company. Tasks include design, synthesis, and chemical and mechanical characterization of elastomers.

Deadline :  1 December 2022

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(9) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Yeast Engineering and Biomanufacturing

DTU Bioengineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as Postdoctoral researcher in Yeast Engineering and Biomanufacturing. This position will be placed at the Yeast Biotechnology and Fermentation group, DTU Bioengineering, section of Synthetic Biology working with gene and genome editing, synthetic biology, regulation engineering, protein production, expression and discovery of bioactive compounds across cell factories, in particular yeast and filamentous fungi.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will work on a project involving the design and further characterization of non-conventional yeast cell factories for production of recombinant proteins with therapeutic applications, and the development of novel high-throughput methodologies for speeding up the design, engineering and screening of superior production hosts.

In this project you will:

  • Generate an array of non-conventional yeast cell factories able to produce a wide-array of different heterologous proteins of increasing complexity.
  • Perform an “in depth” physiological characterization, screening and further optimization of the target strains by using highly instrumented lab-scale bioreactors combined with a range of -omics analyses and bioinformatic tools.
  • Actively participate in supervision of bachelor and master student projects carried out at the section of synthetic biology.

Deadline : 1 December 2022

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(10) Postdoc Fellowship Position: Microscopy of Enzyme Immobilization

A PostDoc position is available for experimental research on enzymes immobilized on polymeric and organic-inorganic hybrid matrices for catalysis of chemical reactions needed for transitioning to a sustainable and green society. The candidate will work on visualizing the position, density, structure and dynamics of immobilized enzymes using a suite of state-of-the-art optical and electron microscopy techniques. The work is part of a highly interdisciplinary collaboration – Biocatalysts Interactions with Gases (BIG) –  comprising novel characterization, analysis, testing, and modeling of gaseous substrates at immobilized enzymes, with international leading partners at North Carolina State University (NC State), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and  Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Responsibilities and tasks
You will work quantitatively with enzyme interaction with organic-inorganic hybrid matrices using state-of-the-art optical fluorescence microscopy (widefield, confocal and super-resolution modalities) as well as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The work will include:

  • developing pioneering methods for nanoscale imaging of enzymes immobilized at “soft matter” and inorganic surfaces to determine enzyme position, density and interaction with immobilization matrices.
  • uncovering fundamental characteristics of matrices for efficient enzyme-catalyzed reactions with gaseous substrates.
  • exploring factors influencing enzyme activity and longevity at immobilization matrices.
  • using visualizations for understanding of enzyme structure-function aspects of catalysis.

Deadline : 1 December 2022

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(11) Postdoc Fellowship Position: In-situ diffraction studies of batteries

The main focus of the postdoc work will be development and application of laboratory- and synchrotron X-ray as well as neutron-based diffraction and scattering methods for studies of interfaces in lithium ion and next generation rechargeable batteries under operando conditions. The successful postdoc will be part of the section for Imaging and Structural Analysis and will work in close collaboration with the European partners and with the Autonomous Materials Discovery and Atomic Scale Materials Modelling sections at DTU Energy in an international, inspiring and dynamic research environment. 

Main duties of the position include:

  • Plan and carry out in situand operando experiments for studies of interfaces in operating lithium ion batteries.
  • Write proposals for experiments at large scale synchrotron X-ray facilities.
  • Perform data analysis on large amounts of data.
  • Participate in developing standards and protocols for data format and sharing.
  • Propose and design novel in situ andoperando experiments and equipment.
  • Dissemination of the research results.

Deadline :  1 December 2022

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