Environmental Biotechnology

Friday, December 6, 2013
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
PhD fellow
Job Institution: 
DTU - Technical University of Denmark
Job Description: 

Biogeochemistry and control of biological nitrous oxide production, Denmark

 The Department of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for one doctoral and one postdoctoral fellowship positions to help unravel the environmental and biochemical mechanisms and controls of N2O dynamics during biological wastewater treatment. Biological processes - the same that are essential for removing polluting reactive nitrogen from wastewaters - are potential sources of N2O, a very potent greenhouse and ozone destroying gas.

The topic of the doctoral position is, in collaboration with others, (1) to use mathematical modeling to identify targeted experiments with the aim to track and quantify the mechanisms of N2O transformation in N cycling communities, and (2) to conduct experiments using stable isotope enrichments and mass spectrometry in combination with novel on-line sensor technologies at lab- and pilot-scales. Emphasis will also be on the quantitative evaluation of rate-controlling parameters on N2O dynamics.

For further information on the project, visit the preliminary homepage at www.n2oman.dk

Skills and Qualifications

The successful applicant for the doctoral position will have a strong training and interest in one or more of the following fields: Biogeochemistry, Environmental Biochemistry, Microbial Ecology, Bioreactor/Bioprocess Technology, Inorganic Chemistry, with evidence of experience in the use of stable isotopes, bioreactor operation, or microsensor application. The candidate will have a high motivation for research, evidence of solid written and oral communication skills, and enjoys working in an international and cross-disciplinary team.

What we offer

The candidates will join an interdisciplinary team of researchers consisting of environmental microbiologists, microbial ecologists, biogeochemists, environmental engineers, biological process modelers, and process control engineers from various research groups (DTU, Southern University of Denmark, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology). Several private and public partners from DK and SE are also involved in the project.

The positions are available as of January 1st 2014. The period of employment is 3 years each and is supported by a research grant from The Danish Council for Independent Research | Technology and Production Sciences (FTP). 

Application procedure

Online application must be submitted no later than Jan 15, 2014.

For further details, and on line application, go to http://www.dtu.dk/Job

or contact bfsm@env.dtu.dk