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PhD stipend in Advanced Biofuels – Continuous Unit Operations (14-19075)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology a PhD stipend is available within the general study program Energy Technology. The stipend is open for appointment from 1 January 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Energy Technology is an expanding department covering most fields of Energy Technology ranging from electrical energy (Power Systems, Power Electronics, Electrical Machines to thermal energy including Energy Systems and Fluid Mechanics and Combustion but also mechatronic systems. The department has about 300 employees – out of them are more than 125 Ph.D. students. The laboratory-facilities are world-class and the research carried out are most often in collaboration with industry. The position is offered in relation to the research program "Advanced Biofuels" and the PhD student will be positioned to the section for Thermofluids.

Job description

The Advanced Biofuels Research group is engaged in several Horizon 2020 and nationally funded R&D activities within Hydrothermal Liquefaction, catalytic upgrading and sustainable fuel production, as well as in several international networks within advanced biofuels. The PhD student will interact with several or all of these with a focus on continuous unit operations. The Advanced Biofuels laboratory currently hosts a unique, pilot scale continuous Hydrothermal Liquefaction unit as well as a two-stage catalytic upgrader for liquid bio-intermediates. Continuous operation is key for scale-up of these technologies, and the PhD stipend will focus on this as well as the efficient interaction between individual unit operations. A large part of the work will be experimental, and will involve design, construction and commissioning of continuous systems in lab scale, as well as investigations of specific process configurations. 
Applicants are expected to have a strong chemical engineering or process engineering degree or background, preferably within thermochemical bioconversion technologies. Experimental experience is preferred and should be clearly documented. Applicants should be able to communicate clearly in English, both spoken and written.

The applicant must provide and upload a proper project description, which describes the applicants initial thoughts and ideas related to the specific project applied for. This includes a brief state-of-the-art (including short list of references), a time schedule and how the applicant intends to shed light on the project objectives. The project description should have a length of 4-5 pages.

You may obtain further information from Assoc. professor Thomas Helmer Pedersen, Department of Energy Technology, phone: +45 28 29 16 79 , email: thp@et.aau.dk , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Doctoral School of Engineering and Science in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Science will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: ld@adm.aau.dk ,  phone: +45 9940 9589.

For more information of The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science: www.phd.engineering.aau.dk 

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Mon Nov 25 00:00:00 CET 2019

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