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PhD scholarship in Biochemistry at DTU Bioengineering, Denmark, 2022

Denmark, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

A PhD scholarship will be available in connection to the EnDeWa project, which strives to engineer better enzymes for bioprocessing of plastic waste. EnDeWa is supported by Innovation Fund Denmark, and brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists from DTU and Novozymes.

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General Info

Position: PhD scholarship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: Apr 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

DTU Bioengineering
Technical University of Denmark
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Lyngby, Denmark

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Qualification Details

We are looking for applicant with excellent qualifications in two or more of the areas listed below, and the willingness and ability to develop skills in the other.

  • Enzyme assay development
  • Kinetic characterization and –modeling
  • Structure-function relationships of enzyme catalysis
  • Enzyme design
  • Enzyme structure determination (crystallography)
  • Heterogenous (two-phase) enzyme reactions

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD project will focus on functional characterization of plastic degrading enzymes – both wild types and engineered variants - which are produced by other members of the EnDeWa team. The work will have a dominant element of comparative biochemistry with emphasis on kinetic parameters, stability, inhibition and synergy. The PhD student will also work with the organization, storage and interpretation of data, and collaborate with the rest on the EnDeWa team on designing new generations of enzyme variants. The project has a strong element of laboratory work primarily at DTU-Bioengineering, but some work at Novozymes’ laboratories, which are located within walking distance in the Lyngby area, is also expected.

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Documents Required

To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out 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 including official description of grading scale

About the Project

The project will apply a range of approaches within design, mutagenesis, production and characterization of plastic degrading enzymes, and the kay aims are to produce competitive catalysts for industrial application and establish a leading knowledge platform for the enzymatic deconstruction of plastic. The PhD program will provide excellent conditions for developing leading research skills within this area in particular and applied enzymology in general.

About the Department

DTU Bioengineering is an important contributor to the areas of biotechnology, food technology and human & animal health, through the advances we make in research, technology and innovation and through the training and education of first-class BScs, MScs and PhDs in bioengineering.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years with start date no later than April 1st 2022.

For further information, please contact Professor Peter Westh,

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Contact details

For further information, please contact Professor Peter Westh,

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