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PhD Stipend in enzymatic bioelectrochemistry (18-22098)

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, a PhD stipend is available within the general study programme Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering. The PhD stipend is open for appointment from 1 March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The position is for 3 years. The Department consists of two sections with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Technology and Biology. Place of employment of the position is Section for Chemical Science and Engineering in Aalborg. The Section of Chemical Science and Engineering consists of 80 people of which about 20 is assistant, associate- and full professors. The section conducts internationally competitive research within a range of topics within Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and publishes more than 80 peer reviewed publications annually. The section is responsible for the educations in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and is located at both campus Aalborg and campus Esbjerg.

Job description

A PhD stipend is available in the topic of enzymatic bioelectrochemistry. The focus of the project is to obtain fundamental understanding of the coupling between surfaces of nanomaterials and enzymatic bioelectrochemistry, a process utilizing electrochemistry to drive redox reactions catalyzed by enzymes. This technology has a large potential ranging from health (biosensors, biofuel cells) to“power-to-X” (biosynthesis) related applications. During the project, the successful candidate will be expected to carry out nanomaterials-based electrode fabrication, enzyme immobilization, electrochemical characterization, bioelectrochemistry as well as characterization of surfaces using a large range of techniques.

Requirements:

  • A master's degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, electrochemistry, materials science, biochemistry or a closely related field.
  • The applicant must be interested in working in an interdisciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Experience with nanomaterials, bioelectrochemistry, electrochemistry, photochemistry, analytical chemistry, and/or spectroscopy is an advantage.
  • Good collaboration skills, team spirit and the ability to work independently.


The application must contain the following:

  • Cover letter of 1-2 pages describing the motivation for applying and an account of the applicant’s background in relation to the announced position
  • A current curriculum vitae (it should as a minimum include contact information, educational background, research experience, scientific achievements and contact information of three referees)
  • Diploma and transcripts of records
  • Research plan in the topic of enzymatic bioelectrochemistry (optional)
  • Other relevant information

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. We value diversity and see it as a strength.

You may obtain further information about the scientific aspects of the project from Assistant Professor Xinxin Xiao, xixi@bio.aau.dk. The project will mainly be conducted in the research area Applied Supramolecular Chemistry https://www.bio.aau.dk/forskning/forskningsomrader/applied-supramolecular-chemistry) in the electrochemistry research group at the Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Aalborg University.

We are a dynamic workplace with high professionalism and efficiency, a good working environment and with a focus on work-life balance. We strive for a culture with collaboration that promotes openness and curiosity towards new initiatives and ideas and with a constructive approach to problem solving. As an employee at the department, you will be part of an international research environment, with a focus on innovation, knowledge sharing and excellency as well as interdisciplinary collaborations.

The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience provides cutting-edge research and teaching in biotechnology, biology, environmental science, chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research solves important topics for the benefit of society, and through research-based teaching, we educate independent, collaborative and solution-oriented bachelors, graduates and PhDs.

At the department, we have high-profile research groups and individual researchers who deliver world-class applied and basic scientific research with a mission-driven approach, and who contribute to the development of new technologies, methods, and new basic insights within natural science and engineering. The department is divided into two sections: Section for Bioscience and Engineering and Section for Chemical Science and Engineering, as well as one administration. Both sections have activities on both Aalborg and Esbjerg campuses. The day-to-day management is handled by the head of department, the deputy heads of research and education, and the head of the secretariat in collaboration with section leaders.

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 at regular points in time.

Shortlisting will be applied. This means that subsequent to the deadline for applications the head of department supported by the chair of the assessment committee will select candidates for assessment. All applicants will be informed whether they will be assessed or not.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Doctoral School at The Faculty of Engineering and Science, email: vkns@adm.aau.dk,  phone: +45 9940 7408.

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.

Agreement

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of 28 June 2019 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the current Circular of 11 December 2019 on the employment structure at Danish universities.

Vacancy number

18-22098

Deadline

23/12/2022

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