Postdoc in Biological Methanation 1012873

Postdoc in Biological Methanation 1012873

Aarhus University

Aarhus C, Denmark

The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a two-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on the biological conversion of CO2 to CH4 through biological methanation (biomethanation).

The position is available from 1st of January 2019 or as soon as possible hereafter.

Job description/research project/research area
You are expected to contribute to the APPLAUSE project (Stable green power supply through dynamic coupling of bioenergy to renewable electricity), a large-scale collaboration between tech-giant Apple Inc. and Aarhus University, aim at developing new sustainable solutions for securing energy from renewable sources. You will be involved in the development of new knowledge and technology within the field of biomethanation, transforming electricity from fluctuating sources like wind and sun to biomethane through the use of waste gas CO2.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in microbiology, biological- or chemical engineering
  • Handling reactor setups (lab- or pilot-scale)Experience with use/handling/doing
  • Teaching experience with biological or chemical engineering
  • Publications within the field of biomethanation
  • You will be working as part of the newly started research group Microbial Conversion Technologies and you are therefore expected to a team player. As a group member you will be expected to be a contribute to student co-supervision, teaching and day-to-day work of the group.
  • Excellence in both written and spoken English is a requirement.

About the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section
Biological and Chemical Engineering is a multidisciplinary research area. It includes disease and health, materials, environmental technologies, biorefining, energy technologies and food and ingredient technology. The research at the Biological and Chemical Engineering Section at Department of Engineering is based on both theoretical and experimental methods, and include the design, development, operation, monitoring, control, and optimization of chemical, physical and biological processes. Department of Engineering holds a special position of international strength in scientific activities related to biogas energy, biorefining, agricultural emissions, lipid technology, polymer and membrane technology, protein engineering and biosynthesis. In addition, the Biological and Chemical Engineering section conducts public sector consultancy on agricultural challenges such as Air Quality Engineering and Biorefining. The Biological and Chemical Engineering Section is part of the Science and Technology Faculty Interdisciplinary Centre WATEC (water treatment technologies), CBIO (circular bioeconomy), iFOOD (food technology), iMAT (advanced materials), iLIFE (biophysics and imagining), iClimate (climate change).

The place of work is Hangøvej 2, 8200 Aarhus N, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

Further information about the position may be obtained from / For further information please contact: Project Director Michael Vedel Wegener Kofoed, or Head of Section, Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen,

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants, including the main considerations emphasized during the selection process.

Formalities and salary range
Science and Technology refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

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.

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.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers Relocation service to International researchers. You can read more about it here.

All applications must be made online and received by: 01.12.2018

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

Quote Reference: Aarhus University-aarhus_university-49458