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PhD scholarship in Microbial electrosynthesis, Microbiology – DTU, Denmark – Nov 2021

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Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment) invites PhD scholarship in microbial electrosynthesis – Denmark, Nov 2021.

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 1, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: -
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Environmental Engineering (DTU Environment)
Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

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Qualification Details

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.

Technical Proficiency

  • Solid background in microbiology/bioelectrochemistry.
  • Foundations in biology, physic chemistry, and material science.
  • A keen interest in microbial electrochemistry.
  • Some experience with electrochemistry or biosynthesis.

Soft Skills Requirements

  • Fluent spoken and written English. Minimum proficiency level is B2, C1 is preferred.
  • Self-reliant working style
  • Curious and ambitious personality.
  • Prior research and publication experience is considered a definite plus but is not required.

Responsibilities/Job Description

You will participate in a new project granted by Independent Research Fund Denmark, which aims to develop a new integrated sustainable microbial electrochemical technology platform for selective and efficient production of higher alcohols from CO2 and renewable electricity via the interface between microbes and microelectrodes. You will be part of a research team encompassing both nearby colleagues as well as external academic and industrial partners. You will perform a thorough study to optimize system performance, address potential limitations, and to find corresponding technical solutions.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Fabricate mechanically stable microelectrodes with well-defined geometry and size using additive manufacturing followed by pyrolysis.
  • Identify the key properties and optimization of material-microorganism interactions to facilitate biofilm formation and electron transfer.
  • Integrate the microbial metabolism and microelectrodes in bioelectrochemical reactor and optimize the system enabling more efficient bioproduction from CO2 and renewable energy.
  • Write scientific papers and present research results at conferences.
  • Work as a teaching assistant in two or three 5 ECTS modules.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. 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
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)
  • A recommendation letter (e.g., from the supervisor of your master project)

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your 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.

About the Employer: Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Note or Other details

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Associate Professor Yifeng Zhang from DTU Environment and Associate Professor Stephan S. Keller from DTU Nanolab.

If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.

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Contact details

Further information may be obtained from Associate Professor Yifeng Zhang (

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