PhD Scholarships at Technical University of Denmark

12 fully funded PhD Scholarships at Technical University of Denmark

Online applications are being accepted by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for a variety of fully funded PhD fellowships in various Departments. Here is a list of PhD programmes at the DTU that are fully funded. Any qualified candidates are encouraged to apply right away.

(1) PhD scholarship: Electrocatalyst Development for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel cells and Electrolyzers – DTU Energy

Do you crave to study electrocatalysis and contribute to developing fuel cells and electrolyzers for a sustainable future? Do you enjoy working in an international dynamic setting and wish to participate in an EU-funded project and have the opportunity to collaborate with partners from nine research institutions across Europe?

This PhD position is for you. Hydrogen has emerged as a clean, flexible energy carrier for use as industrial feedstock, in generating power and heat, and in transportation. Currently, most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels, specifically natural gas. A more sustainable approach for the production and application of hydrogen relies on the deployment of electrolysis and fuel cell technologies, due to their high efficiency and lower environmental footprint. As a part of an EU-funded project, this PhD project aims to develop advanced catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel cells and Electrolyzers.

At DTU Energy, we have been carrying out R&D in sustainable energy conversion technologies, including PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers, for many decades and we are among the world’s leaders in research and development in this area. We have excellent facilities and competencies to carry out research from fundamental studies of electrochemical materials to the fabrication of lab-scale components and devices.

In preparation for this Phd project, we have recently developed several cutting-edge experimental devices and equipment, including, e.g. a high-temperature synthesis setup for solid-state chemical processes, thermogravimetric analysis – mass spectrometry (TG-MS) for in-situ investigation of synthesis mechanisms, and a variety of devices for operando studies of catalyst structures under operating conditions.

Deadline: 31 March 2023

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(2) PhD scholarship: Physiological Bioprocess Control – DTU Chemical Engineering

Within this project the possibilities to control the production phase of recombinantly produced proteins will be explored. Special attention will be placed on the control of cell physiological parameters during the production phase. Physiological parameter include biomass specific rates such as nutrient uptake, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production as well as inducer consumption and product formation rates.

To control them predetermined dynamic feed profiles and advanced and predictive control structures will be applied on multiple feeds. This does not only lead to increased productivities and better scalable processes but also to a stabilization of the production phase, which is an important step towards continuous biomanufacturing.

Besides establishing a suitable control and monitoring structures and assessing their performance in in-silico simulations the working principle and the potential of physiological process control is shown on two case study organisms (e.g. recombinant E. coli and methanol induced P. pastoris) including verification experiments, executed within the Pilot Plant and PROSYS research centers at DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

Deadline: 16 April 2023

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(3) PhD scholarship: Clinical Bioinformatics – DTU Health Tech

Are you interested in becoming a bioinformatics researcher working to improve the treatment and prognoses of colorectal cancer patients? Then this is the position for you. You will join the ongoing efforts of researchers at the Department of Health Technology at the Technical University of Denmark and the Center for Surgical Science (CSS) at the University Hospital Zealand in Køge. The overall aim of this project is to integrate phenotypic data from national population-wide registries with multi omics data generated to characterize colorectal cancer samples and ultimately predict postoperative recurrence of the disease.

Responsibilities and qualifications
The successful candidate will work on analyzing and integrating multiple data modalities, ranging from gene expression profiling, immunophenotyping using immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry, and mucosa-associated bacterial composition. You will apply existing tools or develop new methods if gaps in the repertoire are identified.
The following requirements must be met by the successful candidate:

  • Experience working with gene expression data
  • Strong programming skills

The following features are highly desirable, but not strictly required:

  • Experience working with cytometry data
  • Experience working with data analysis in R (the research group you will be joining works in R)
  • Experience working with cancer data

Deadline: 1 April 2023

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(4) PhD scholarship: CMOS Compatible and Ultrabroad on-chip SiC Frequency Comb (SiComb) – DTU Electro

We are looking for a strongly self-motivated PhD student to contribute to a FET Open project ‘CMOS compatible and ultrabroad on-chip SiC frequency comb (SiComb)’ coordinated by Associate Professor Haiyan Ou. You will work in the wide bandgap semiconductor (WISE) photonics group led by Associate Professor Haiyan Ou.

WISE photonics is a newly established group with vision to contribute to a more sustainable society leveraging the advances of new material and nanofabrication. The goal of the SiComb project is to demonstrate an on-chip optical frequency comb and apply it to optical communication systems, after exploring and combining the very high nonlinearity and high confinement of silicon carbide waveguides and microrings with the material’s other advantages such as CMOS compatibility, high thermal conductivity and bio-compatibility. The seven partners in the project (DTU, FAU, CNRS, POLITO, MLNX, ALM, and Moverim) comprise the strongest team in Europe covering SiC material growth, device nanofabrication and optical communication application.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will take part in the design, fabrication and characterization of silicon carbide on insulator (SiCOI) devices, in close collaboration with other consortium partners and group members working on material growth and device applications.

You are expected to

  • Design the SiCOI waveguide devices with desired dispersion and performance
  • Optimize SiCOI stack formation process to achieve low-loss devices fabrication ready stacks
  • Optimize the fabrication process to achieve low-loss waveguides and high quality factor microrings
  • Build the experimental setup to characterize the nonlinearity of SiC waveguides and microrings
  • Simulate and demonstrate frequency comb generation in SiCOI microrings
  • Interact actively with other group members and European partners

Prior research experience, documented in peer-reviewed publications, is an additional qualification, but not a requirement.

Deadline:  1 April 2023

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(5) PhD Scholarship: Topological Photonics – DTU Electro

The Nanophotonics section at DTU Electro is seeking an excellent and highly motivated PhD student to be a part of a new programme on ‘Symmetry-guided discovery of topological photonics’, led by Senior Researcher Thomas Christensen, who moved from MIT to DTU in early 2023.

Funded by a Villum Young Investigator programme (link), the project aims to uncover novel kinds of photonic topology using recent ideas and tools at the intersection of topological band theory, symmetry analysis, and group theory. You will work on developing and applying these ideas to discover new photonic phenomena, implementing associated computational tooling, and finding opportunities for proof-of-principles demonstrations with experimental collaborators at the department and internationally.

The project aims to advance the frontiers of theoretical photonics, deepen our understanding of fundamental wave-phenomena, and investigate the applications of topology in photonics.
You will carry out theoretical and computational work in topological photonics and nanophotonics. This will involve computing and analysing the photonic properties of candidate designs, creating effective models to inform our theoretical understanding, and developing code and theory frameworks to address new topological band phenomena. Based on the project’s results, you will also be responsible for proposing designs for experimental proof-of-principle designs and assessing their feasibility.
As part of the Danish PhD programme, you will also take PhD courses, participate in teaching, conduct an external research stay, and disseminate your research through publications.

Deadline : 03/16/2023

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(6) PhD position: Unlocking green energy within fossil fuels using petrochemical cell factories – DTU Offshore

Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Do you like to be a contributor to green energy transition? Do you like to explore whether we can replace industrial petrochemical processes that have a high CO2 footprint, require high pressures, high temperatures and expensive catalyzers, with net zero microbial processes? Do you like to use fermentation to capture the green energy (hydrogen) trapped in fossil fuels?

Responsibilities and qualifications
In an earlier research (published here) we showed that some thermotoga species are able to ferment crude oil into hydrogen. We are curious to know how they do this and if we can scale up this process to produce hydrogen in a commercial scale. Your PhD will be a part of the project “BioHyPro: Bioproduction of green hydrogen & protein from crude oil” funded by DFF green energy transition.

We are looking for a PhD student who is interested in science with focus on application and technology commercialization. We expect you to be interested in conducting experiments and running simulations as much as you are interested in leadership, founding a startup around this project, and attracting and supervising MSc students/research assistants. The project is in collaboration with senior researcher Nicole Dopffel from NORCE in Norway and Senior Researcher Martin Thullner from BGR in Germany. As such you are expected and should be willing to do two external research stays in these research insitutes.

  • You must have proven record of hands-on biotech lab experience
  • You  are either:
    • Chemical engineer with significant biotechnology knowledge who is not afraid to dig deeper in molecular biology and biochemistry
    • Molecular biologist, microbiologist or similar who is willing to understand the mathematic behind microbial fermentation and conducting numerical simulations
  • on a personal note, you are enterprising, proactive, can work with high level of independence, and have a can do attitude
  • You are not afraid of not knowing and high levels of uncertainty does not make you panic
  • Good writing and communication skills in English. Publication record in peer reviewed journals is considered a plus.

Deadline: 15 March 2023

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(7) PhD Scholarships: Multidomain exposure in the indoor environment – DTU Sustain

The first PhD project aims to advance the knowledge of how human cognitive performance is affected by multisensory activation and whether it improves or reduces performance. In some cases, the combined responses can exacerbate the negative effect on cognitive performance. In other cases, the positive effect of one domain can alleviate the negative effect of other domains, and there is no effect or negative effect. The project will seek the optimum combination of different domains for maximizing the performance of different cognitive tasks, office work, and learning

The second project will investigate the interplay between billing schemes, price, health-related signals, and occupants’ perceptions. Studies have demonstrated that billing schemes (e.g., whether the heating bill is a part of the rent or based on heat meters) strongly affect the indoor environment and associated energy use in residential buildings.

Utility companies are investigating the consequences of storing energy in buildings, e.g., by reducing heating set-points in periods with high demand and scarce renewable supply. However, little is known about how residents will respond to this or how information about utility overrides or health-related information will affect residents’ acceptability of indoor environmental conditions. The project will investigate how energy price signals, health-related information, and other contextual factors influence occupants’ perception, acceptability, and comfort.

Deadline: 15 March 2023 

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(8) PhD scholarship: Intracellular Quantum Sensing – DTU Health Tech

Our research is interdisciplinary, and part of a 7-year research project “Intracellular mechanics and diamond-based sensing” funded by the Danish Research Councils and the Novo Nordisk Foundation. A collaboration between researchers at DTU Health Tech and DTU Physics as well as international partners provides the scientific environment.

The overall vision of the project is to develop methods that can monitor intracellular life: We will use the quantum mechanical properties of colour centres inside nanodiamonds to develop sensing protocols that can monitor intracellular processes and ultimately as basis for intracellular NMR. At the same time, we will use the nanodiamonds as probe particles for optical trapping and thereby measure intracellular viscosity and elasticity. Further, we aim to investigate single cells, initially from the immune system, using these nanodiamond sensors.

Responsibilities and qualifications
You will play a central role in the middle phase of the 7-year project. At the core, you will develop and explore quantum sensing protocols for optically trapped nanodiamonds to conduct magnetic resonance sensing in a fluidic setting. With this, you will contribute to efforts by other team members on measurements of intracellular mechanical properties and detection of bio-processes inside single biological cells. Your research will be instrumental for our future ability to conduct in-situ, local NMR spectroscopy inside such single cells.
These contributions require a combination of interests and skills, ranging from microscopy and microfluidics, optics, data analysis and computer control of an experimental setup to theoretical modelling. Depending on your prior experience and training needs, we will sharpen your skills and provide you with opportunities to develop as a scientist.

You will contribute with solutions and suggestions that can bring the entire research team closer to the overall goals of the project.
As part of your project, you will spend time with one or several of our international collaborators, who are frontrunners in diamond sensing and diamond materials or in diamond sensing with cells.
You are ambitious; possess a strong internal drive and perseverance as well as a sincere interest in interdisciplinary science. You have demonstrated academic excellence. You know how to “make things work” and you work well both in a group with other team members as well as on your own.

Deadline : 1 May 2023

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(9) PhD scholarship: Visual and Multimodal Perception for Construction Robotics – DTU Electro

The PhD project is funded by the Horizon Europe project RobétArmé (Human-robot collaborative construction system for shotcrete digitization and automation through advanced perception, cognition, mobility and additive manufacturing skills). Thus, this PhD project will be an integral part of a broader research team, consisting of collaborating partners across Europe with a common passion for autonomous construction robotics.

The PhD candidate will explore deep learning-based sensor fusion methods to analyse data from multiple different sensors onboard an autonomous mobile robot, while the perception system needs to operate under harsh environmental and lighting conditions. The research topic of this PhD project stands at the intersection of Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Robotics.

The PhD candidate will explore deep learning-based sensor fusion methods to analyse data from multiple different sensors onboard an autonomous mobile robot, while the perception system needs to operate under harsh environmental and lighting conditions. The research topic of this PhD project stands at the intersection of Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Robotics.

Deadline:  27 March 2023 

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(10) PhD scholarships: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cells – DTU Energy

Displacement of fossil fuels by renewable energy (RE) is a global issue with inherent challenges of balancing electricity supply and demand. Solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) can convert electricity from RE sources into hydrogen, CO or methane and hence contribute to an excess electricity offtake.

The produced gas can be converted into liquid hydrocarbon fuels for the transportation sector or chemicals for high value markets, or converted back to electricity at peak demand and hereby reduce carbon footprint.

At DTU Energy we have been carrying out R&D in sustainable energy conversion technologies and especially solid oxide electrolysis cells for many years and we are among the world’s leaders in research and development in this area. We have excellent facilities and competences for fabrication, modeling, testing and characterization of devices.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Recently we have been awarded by Independent Research Fund Denmark a project on converting biogas into value added chemicals. This project aims to develop a novel high temperature electrochemical reactor based on solid oxide electrolysis cells, for converting the main component in biogas (methane) into ethylene, which is the key chemical feedstock in the manufacture of plastics, fibers and other organic chemicals.

The project focus is on designing electro-catalysts for the EOCM (electrochemical oxidative coupling of methane) reaction. As a PhD student, you will help us develop the EOCM reactor. You will do so by experimentally investigating hydrothermal synthesis of nano-powders and as well as in-situ metal exsolution to establish highly active and durable metal-oxide interfaces on nanoscale with tailored interface atomic structure and oxygen states.

This will lead us hopefully to a precise control of the EOCM reaction kinetics, resulting in efficient methane conversion and high ethylene selectivity. You will be working in a team with experts in electrolysis technologies and energy storage, with industry, and other university departments.

Deadline: 31 March 2023

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(11) PhD scholarship: Quantum Photonics Reservoir Computing – DTU Electro

Are you interested in quantum computing but bored to do it the “usual way”?  Two PhD positions are available at Technical University of Denmark on Quantum Photonics Reservoir Computing within the project QUARCOM, a collaboration between the DTU and Aarhus University. The Machine Learning in Photonic Systems group at DTU Electro seeks two candidates for PhD projects on quantum photonics reservoir computing.

The 3-year PhD positions are funded by Danish Research Council project `Quantum Photonic Reservoir Computing’ (QUARCOM). This PhD project is a collaboration between the Technical University of Denmark and Aarhus University that aims at developing a new neuromorphic computing platform with high-efficiency and low energy consumption by combining recent advances in silicon photonics chips and the quantum nature of light to realize the first quantum photonic reservoir computing platform.

Data is becoming the key resource of the 21st century and this is putting an enormous strain on computational capacity around the world. A slow-down in improving the efficiency of digital computers is now showing up as an alarming increase in energy consumption.

This is particularly visible in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) applications that require massive parallelism. Not only may this limit access to computing power in developing parts of the world, it is also a glooming challenge due to the environmental impact of the big-data revolution. QUARCOM’s goal is to face such challenge by combining theory and experimental expertise to push the frontier of computing platforms and quantum technologies. 

Deadline: 31 March 2023

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(12) PhD scholarship: Quantum Sensing in Photosynthesis – DTU Physics

Are you fascinated by the potential of quantum technology to revolutionize the way we study and understand complex biological systems? Would you like to exploit quantum sensing for delving into the intricate workings of energy transport in photosynthesis?

The section for quantum physics and information technology (QPIT) at the Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics) is seeking a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position within experimental quantum physics.

This PhD project seeks to provide fundamental understanding of energy transport in the process of photosynthesis on molecular complexes. Towards this goal, the project will apply state-of-the-art quantum sensors based on single nitrogen-vacancy colour centres in diamond capable of quantum sensing of physical parameters at the singe molecule scale.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the QPIT section of DTU Physics and affiliated with the national centre of excellence for macroscopic quantum states, bigQ. In more detail, you will setup transport models and develop quantum sensing protocols suitable for harvesting information about energy transport at the molecular scale. You will implement these protocols using a state-of-the-art experimental platform and test via application of suitable reference samples.

Deadline: 10 April 2023

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