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Biological conversion of CO2 from dilute sources to acetic acid

Applicants are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Biological and Chemical Engineering programme. The position is available from 01 September 2022 or later.

Biological conversion of CO2 from dilute sources to acetic acid

Research area and project description:
You will be part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Center (CORC) with aim of developing knowledge and technology within the field of Carbon Capture and Utilization. You will here be part of an interdisciplinary center, with experts inside biotechnology, chemistry, and engineering, joint in the effort to solve one of the greatest challenges of this century. For more information on the CO2 Research Center, please visit www.corc.au.dk

For the position, you will use your expertise in microbiology or engineering to develop solutions for converting CO2 from dilute sources like flue gas to valuable products. You will be working on a platform for converting these dilute sources from industrial sources to acetic acid, as a platform molecule for further processing and valorisation.

Project description. For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. Please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application.

Qualifications and specific competences:
Applicant must have a relevant Masters’ degree in process engineering, microbiology, biological- or chemical engineering. The applicant should preferably have expertize or hands-on experience with:

  • Handling of reactor setups (lab- or pilot-scale)
  • Chemical and microbiological analytical techniques
  • Excellence in both written and spoken English

The project can be modified according to the expertise of the candidate.

You will be working in the research group “Microbial Conversion Technologies” as part of the Dept. of Biological & Chemical Engineering. As a group member you will be expected to be a team player, where you contribute to student co-supervision, teaching and day-to-day work of the group.

Place of employment and place of work:
The place of employment is Aarhus University, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering. You will primarily be working at Hangøvej 2, DK-8200 Aarhus N, significant part of the experimental work is expected to take place at Research Centre Foulum. 

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

  • Head of Dept. Prof. Lars DM Ottosen, ldmo@bce.au.dk
  • Group leader, Associate Professor, Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed, mvk@bce.au.dk

How to apply:
Please follow this link to submit your application. Application deadline is 31 July 2022 23:59 . Preferred starting date is 01 September or later.

For information about application requirements and mandatory attachments, please see our application guide.

Please note:

  • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.
  • Shortlisting will be used, which means that the evaluation committee only will evaluate the most relevant applications.

Aarhus University’s ambition is to be an attractive and inspiring workplace for all and to foster a culture in which each individual has opportunities to thrive, achieve and develop. We view equality and diversity as assets, and we welcome all applicants. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Salary and terms of employment are in accordance with applicable collective agreement.  

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