Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD student in Downstream Processing for Extraction and Purification of Intracellular Products

Location: Technical University of Denmark

Type: PhD student

Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD student in Downstream Processing for Extraction and Purification of Intracellular Products



Job description:


If you are an ambitious chemical or biochemical engineer who would like to develop your career on a solid basis of knowledge of unit operations for separation and purification of bioproducts with high interest at industrial level, this position funded by Novo Nordisk Foundation is the perfect one to fulfill your dreams and ambitions.

Biomanufacturing is one of the fastest growing fields and a driver for the transition from a fossil-based to a circular bio-based economy and a sustainable future. If you would like to become an expert in this strategically important interdisciplinary field and contribute to the green transition, we have an opportunity for you:

The departments of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CfB) at the Technical University of Denmark offers a position as a PhD student in the field of downstream processing of biologically-produced polymers. This position will be hosted at the Center for Process and Systems Engineering in close collaboration with the Systems Environmental Microbiology laboratory at CfB working with separation and purification unit operations i.e. liquid-liquid extraction, solid-liquid extraction, filtration, chromatography among others, particularly at pilot plant scale. This PhD project is part of the PhD Program of the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing (FBM) Initiative at DTU where we educate true biomanufacturing experts with interdisciplinary competences in cell factory-engineering and process engineering with a strong focus on industrial applications.

The FBM Initiative is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and under this initiative, scientists from DTU Chemical Engineering, DTU Bioengineering, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability work together to engineer new or optimized production hosts or processes and solve the interdisciplinary challenges of large-scale bioproduction. The FBM Initiative’s research infrastructure includes a well-equipped fermentation core with an automation and high-throughput micro-fermentation unit, a pre-pilot plant and a pilot plant. Located in the Copenhagen area, one of the world’s strongest biotech hubs, DTU’s FBM Initiative offers a unique and internationally leading education and research environment with exceptional conditions for biotech career starters.

This is one of six PhD student positions available on the FBM PhD program this year.

The expected starting date is 1st of October 2021.

Responsibilities and qualifications
Your overall focus will be to strengthen the department’s competences within the field of downstream processing, with special focus on the development of novel or improved separation methods and sequences for separation or purification of intracellular products after fermentation. You will work with nearby colleagues, and with both academic and industrial partners in Denmark as well as abroad.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Explore and develop new methods or strategies for extraction and separation of products contained in bacterial cells after fermentation at different scales.
  • Design process for high-yield recovery of biopolymers in a green and sustainable fashion.
  • Operate pilot plant equipment and optimize conditions towards recovery and purification of bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates.
  • Teach and supervise BSc and MSc student projects.

You must have a two-year master’s degree (120 ECTS points) on Chemical or Biochemical Engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master’s degree. The candidate must have previous experience in downstream processing or handling of unit operations, particularly extraction, chromatography or filtration, preferably at pilot plant scale. Previous experience with handling bio-based polymers and/or purification protocols will be also positively assessed.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The applications will be assessed based on the qualifications, academic and personal skills of the candidates.

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 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 upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Manuel Pinelo,

You can read more about the Department of Chemical Engineering at

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

Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 15 August 2021 (Danish 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 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 – in the right hand column)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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Post-doctoral position in Chemical Engineering – Reverse Electrodialysis, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för kemiteknik

Location: Lund (Sweden)

Type: post-doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Post-doctoral position in Chemical Engineering – Reverse Electrodialysis



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Subject description

Blue Energy or Salinity Gradient Power is sustainable and environmental friendly power but so far relatively unexplored in Sweden.  Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) is an advanced membrane-based technology utilizing the salinity gradient to generate electric power. To establish this technology further improvements regarding the membrane, module/stack design and process operations are required.  

The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new coworker focus on the RED process. The Postdoctoral position will include the development of the module/stack design using CFD and 3-D printing. Optimization operating conditions in terms of temperature, flow rate, concentration and long-term testing using Swedish water sources combined with fouling control.


Work duties 

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Optimization of the Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) module/stack design i.e. spacer design using CFD and 3-D printing. Process optimization and long-term testing of the RED process with special focus on fouling. Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students. Actively seeking external research funding Collaboration with industry and wider society Administration related to the work duties listed above Communication of obtained results in the form of publication of scientific articles. Participation in project meetings and contributing to status reports.


Qualification requirements 

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.


Assessment criteria and other qualifications

 This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Documented research experience on reverse electrodialysis (RED) and/or electrodialysis (ED)
  • Experience with CFD and 3-D printing for membrane module design.
  • Ability to formulate research ideas within the field.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

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Post doctor position(2 years)developing membrane for harvesting blue energy, Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Sweden

Location: Umeå (Sweden)

Type: post-doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Post doctor position(2 years)developing membrane for harvesting blue energy

Umeå University is one of Sweden’s largest institutions of higher education with over 35,000 students and 4,200 faculty and staff. We are characterised by world-leading research in several scientific fields and a multitude of educations ranked highly in international comparison. Umeå University is also the site of the pioneering discovery of the CRISPR-Cas9 genetic scissors – a revolution in genetic engineering that has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

At Umeå University, everything is nearby. Our cohesive campus environment makes it easy to meet, collaborate and exchange knowledge, which promotes a dynamic and open culture where we rejoice in each other’s successes.

The Department of Chemistry offers a postdoctoral position in the field of Technical Chemistry that will mainly work on developing and testing membranes for harvesting blue energy based on Swedish natural and artificial water resources. The postdoctoral project includes the theoretical estimation of extractable energy, testing and characterizing the commercial membranes, synthesizing polymers, characterizing new membranes, and applying the prepared membranes for blue energy production. Last day to apply is July 31th 2021.


Project description

Our research group is focused on the design and synthesis of artificial membranes for gas separation, energy storage, and production. Currently, we focuses on designing and synthesizing new polymeric membranes for harvesting blue energy. In collaboration with Professor Frank Lipnizki research group at Lund University, we are going to develop a robust system for harvesting blue energy based on Swedish natural and artificial resources. The project is interdisciplinary, and the postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity to plan and develop routes to synthesize novel membranes. The research involves the theoretical calculations for estimating the extractable energy, design, synthesis, and testing of new membranes, characterizing the membrane, and applying the prepared membrane in a lab scale unit.


Working tasks
The postdoctoral project includes the theoretical estimation of extractable energy, designing, synthesizing, characterizing new polymeric membranes, and testing them in a lab-scale setup to produce the blue energy. Furthermore, commercial membranes from several companies need to be evaluated. The promising membranes will be tested in the pilot-scale setup that we are planning to build at Lund University for this purpose. As a postdoc, you will contribute with your knowledge to the research group, summarize the research and present your progress at group meetings. The employment is full-time for a period of two years, starting at a date decided in agreement between the two parties.



The required qualification is a doctoral degree or a foreign degree that is deemed equivalent in chemistry in the field of polymer chemistry, chemical engineering or equivalent. Priority should be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave or clinical practice, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances. These must be clearly stated in the application.

You must have good knowledge of polymer chemistry, thermodynamic, membrane fabrication, membrane characterization, and application in energy production. As well as a documented good ability to conduct research and present it in writing in the form of scientific publications in expert-reviewed journals. You must be able to independently develop multistage syntheses and solve challenging synthetic problems in order to efficiently design, produce and characterize new membranes.

A desire to conduct research in a multidisciplinary project and in an environment that promotes collaboration between people with different skills, as well as excellent oral and written knowledge of English is required. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate. It is important that you are creative and have the ability and interest to co-operate with other team members.


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Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för kemiteknik

Location: Lund (Sweden)

Type: doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering – Integration and optimisation of emerging membrane processes for seawater desalination


Job description:


Subject description

Membrane filtration is a separation process which is well-established for the desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis. In this project the emerging membrane processes forward osmosis and membrane distillation are coupled to desalinated seawater using low grade wasted heat from a concentrated solar power system. The focus of this work will be to optimized the interplay between forward osmosis and membrane distillation considering different membranes, draw solutions and process parameters. The results for the optimization will be used for scale-up and modelling of the process as well as the design, installation and operation of a demonstration unit in the Middle East.The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new co-worker to extend this work into the emerging membrane processes – forward osmosis and membrane distillation. The PhD student position will include the integration and optimization of the two membrane processes on pilot scale as well as the development and operation a demonstration unit in the Middle East.


Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).The research contains the following subtasks:

  • Review of available scientific literature on the research topic and presentation in a report/article.
  • Integration and optimization of forward osmosis and membrane distillation on pilot scale for seawater desalination using low grade heat.
  • Scale-up, installation and operation of a demonstration unit.
  • Communication of obtained results in the form of publication of scientific articles.
  • Participation in project meetings and contributing to status reports.


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Research Assistant/Associate in Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle (UK)

Location: Newcastle (UK)

Type: postdoc position,  full-time, fixed-term basis for 12-months with the possibility of extension beyond this date

Company description:
We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Job description:

The Role
We are seeking you to join our team as a researcher as part of the UK’s prominent Chemical Engineering groups headed by Professor Ian Metcalfe, FREng. Based in the School of Engineering, our group are experts in supported molten-salt membranes for gas separation, as well as advanced catalysis preparation methodologies, e.g. exsolution.
You will work in the areas of heterogenous catalysis and gas separation membranes, applied to CO2 capture and conversion. 
In this project, supported by the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub, you will work with Dr Evangelos I. Papaioannou (Lecturer) and Dr Greg A. Mutch (RAEng Research Fellow) to develop metal/metal oxide catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and new supported molten-salt membranes.
Your role will include catalyst synthesis, membrane preparation, characterisation and kinetic measurements, gas analysis and dissemination of results. A key deliverable of the project is to prepare novel membranes and catalysts for XAFS interrogation at Diamond Light Source with project partners. 
To fulfil all the deliverables of the project you will work closely with team members as well as external stakeholders (University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, and Diamond Light Source).
You should therefore be enthusiastic in the discipline, committed, and motivated with an aptitude for independent working as well as working as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team.We particularly welcome applications from a range of groups that are currently underrepresented in chemical engineering such as members of the LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

For more information about the School of Engineering, please click here.This position is available immediately on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12-months with the possibility of extension beyond this date. We will consider applications to work flexibly wherever possible.

For any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Evangelos Papaioannou via email: or Dr Greg A.Mutch

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PhD position, Development of nanofiltration membranes for selective ion recovery, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)

Location: Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Type: PhD position, fixed-term employment

Within our group Membrane Materials and Processes at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) we have a vacancy for a PhD position on the development of nanofiltration membranes for selective ion recovery. We are especially looking for candidates with a solid background in chemistry/chemical engineering combined with a proven hands-on mentality.

More information about this position can be found at:


Contact: Prof. dr. ir. Kitty Nijmeijer

Chair Membrane Materials & Processes
Vice-dean of the department of
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Eindhoven University of Technology |

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