PhD scholarship in Environmental Engineering

DTU Environment
Thursday 11 Jan 18

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The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Environment) advertises a fully funded 3-year PhD position in Environmental Engineering.
The goal of the PhD project is to develop a method to improve water and sediment quality in an economically feasible manner. To achieve this goal, the PhD Student will employ the microbial fuel cell technology MFC to stimulate microbial processes. The overall project is in cooperation between NIRAS, Aarhus university and DTU Environment.
The PhD Student will be placed in the Environmental Chemistry Section. This section, with ca. 20 scientific employees, is dedicated to fundamental and applied research in environmental toxicology and chemistry. The overall aim is to gain scientific knowledge that can strongly contribute to the identification, quantification, and decision-making in relation to environmental problems caused by emissions of existing and emerging chemical contaminants from the technosphere to the environment.
Responsibilities and tasks

  • The successful candidate will have a solid base in Environmental Engineering or similar, and have very good grades.
  • The candidate will have a mathematical way of thinking, are skilled in chemical analysis, and you have hands-on experience with experimental work (preferably with microbial fuel cells).
  • A strong interest in electrobiochemistry, physics and engineering.  The candidate will be responsible for developing, testing and implementing a novel technology for clean-up of polluted environments.
  • Be fluent in English (oral and written), and be able to communicate with Danish authorities in Danish. 
  • Have a high engagement and a drive, a good sense of humour and enjoy acting in a truly international department.
Candidates should have a master's degree in 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 are 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.
The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Stefan Trapp and Professor Anders Baun at DTU Environment.
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.
Workplace is primarily DTU Lyngby Campus, and secondary at the project partners.
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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Stefan Trapp, tel.: +45 4525 1622 or email
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Please submit your online application no later than 25 January 2018 (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)
  • 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 Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. DTU Environment conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The aim is to develop new environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies, and to disseminate this knowledge to society and a new generation of engineers. The Department has approximately 185 staff from more than 30 nationalities.
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.
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