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Postdoc position in Chemical engineering, Process engineering – Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus University (AU)


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We are seeking applicants for a 2-year Postdoc in Chemical Engineering to join us at the Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering working within developing the hydrothermal liquefaction technology for waste valorisation at pilot scale, at Aarhus university, Denmark

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General Info

Position: Postdoc position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: November 5, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: Jan 01, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Process and Materials Engineering
Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering
Aarhus University (AU)
Aarhus N,

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Qualification Details

Prior experience in operation, design and maintenance of chemical engineering processes at lab or pilot scale is desired. The candidate is required to have a PhD in chemical engineering, process engineering or similar (or about to complete the degree). A strong academic background in applied research and publication record are expected. The candidates must demonstrate ability to conduct basic and applied interdisciplinary research, and experience with technology transfer from university to industry is beneficial. It is important that the applicant has the ability to independently design and construct process equipment based on high pressure fittings (e.g. Swagelok), installation and programming of sensors and process control (e.g. Labview, Labjack, Matlab or silmiar). Prior experience in this type of work is essential. Additional professional certificates, qualifications and experience in e.g. Health and Safety, electrical work, mechanical engineering, programming are an advantage. Experience in analysis of biomass, biofuels and bioproducts using equipment such as elemental analysis, HPLC, GC-MS and similar are a valuable skill for the candidate.

The ideal candidate has all or several of the following qualifications and specific competences:

  • A PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or similar (or about to)
  • The ability to design engineering process equipment and experience in process control (e.g. Labview or similar)
  • Experience in operating continuous flow reactors
  • A solid background in thermochemical processing of biomass, biorefining, biofuels or related areas.
  • The ability to work independently and to generate new ideas and creative approaches.
  • The ability to write high impact, peer reviewed academic publications.
  • Is passionate about science and engineering and working in a team dedicated to green technologies.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The main responsibilities of the candidate will lie in:

  • planning and execution of pilot-scale HTL campaigns
  • the modification of the existing pilot scale HTL reactor for improved performance and efficiency and the testing of this
  • the design, construction and commissioning of a new novel unit operations to improve future HTL reactor designs e.g. in-line filters, product separation, catalytic beds and similar
  • chemical analysis of HTL products, data processing and analysis from experimental campaigns to produce scientific publications and reports
  • active participation in the supervision and training of MSc, BSc and PhD students

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Documents Required

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

About the Project/Department

The work will expand on the on-going research using a state of the art, continuous, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) reactor at the Centre for Biorefining Technologies at the Foulum Campus of Aarhus University. See for more details. The HTL plant is currently one of the largest worldwide in academic settings and allows testing of unique and novel ideas at a relevant scale for industry. The work will be carried out as part of a growing team working in hydrothermal processing (carbonization and liquefaction) with currently two faculty members, two postdocs, three PhD students, technicians and varying amounts of MSc students and BSc students. There are several research projects on-going within the HTL field dealing with heterogeneous catalysts, process water management, HTL of synthetic polymers, waste management, usually these are closely tried to industry. Findings from the on-going research in these projects, which are often performed in batch scale will be applied and implemented in the continuous pilot plant, which will be the task for the applicant in support of the other team members.

The Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering Within Chemical Engineering, the BCE Department has strong research sections in Environmental Engineering and Materials & Process Engineering. Close collaboration with our neighbouring Departments (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Molecular Biology & Genetics, iNano, Biosciences, Food, Agroecology and Chemistry) is a natural part of our culture. The successful applicant will be working with Chemical Engineering and will produce and disseminate knowledge and research results. Translation of results into solving relevant societal challenges is a highly prioritized part of our work.

The position is available through a European Research Council Starting Grant for Associate Professor Patrick Biller. The project is called “REBOOT – Resource efficient bio-chemical production and waste treatment” and runs for five years starting on 1st January 2020. The aim of the project is to shed light on some of the fundamental scientific questions in the Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) process relating to ash chemistry, catalysis and wastewater valorisation. The project is quite unique as fundamental research is directly transferred to an existing continuous-flow pilot-scale HTL reactor.

About the Employer: Aarhus University (AU)

Note or Other details

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

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Contact details

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor, Patrick Biller,

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