PhD Stipend is available within the general study programme of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Section of Chemistry, Aalborg University, Denmark
Deadline to Apply
June 23, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)
|No. of Position(s)||1|
|Research Area||– Biotechnology|
– Environmental Engineering
|Scholarship||According to standard norms|
|Workplace||Faculty of Engineering and Science|
Department of Chemistry and Bioscience
Section of Chemistry
|Contract Period||3 Years|
|Starting date||Aug 01, 2021|
Applicants should hold an outstanding Master degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocess Engineering or in a relevant program.
- Research experience in microbial processes and fermentation technology
- Experience in analytical methods (HPLC, GC, UV, MS, etc.),
- Complex problem solving skills and critical thinking
- Ability to work in an international team
- High motivation
- Ability to conduct work in a structured and systematic manner and with a sufficient degree of independence
- An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills
- Fluency in English – written and oral
The PhD position will focus on the biodegradation of polyolefins, as part of a H2020 EU project UPLIFT, studying the bio-upcycling of plastic waste from food and drinks packaging. The project involves 15 partners from all over Europe and will develop scalable bioprocesses for the recycling of mixed plastic waste and multilayers. We will integrate microbial/enzymatic depolymerization, together with bio-based building blocks, following a biorefinery approach. Through eco-design we will then develop new eco-polymers that are easier to recycle, thus contributing to a more sustainable plastic sector. The best technology will be tested at pilot scale, in order to reach a TRL 6 (https://upliftproject.eu/).
You will be applying mixed culture technology to develop both, open Microbial Mixed Cultures and Defined Mixed Consortia for the degradation of PE and PP. You will validate a new rapid (culture dependent) screening method and test synergies between different microbial organisms and enzymes, using co-substrate fermentation. Proteomics will be used to investigate the effect of multiple substrates. The metabolic process will be investigated through the use of C13-labelled substrates and modification of the plastic surface will be monitored through FTIR. Statistical optimization will be used to model and maximize the degradation process.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with a postdoc that works on protein engineering for polyester depolymerization and another PhD that will work on the development of new screening methods, exploiting the dark biological matter. The joint results and technologies will be applied to mixed plastic waste and newly designed eco-polymers. A further postdoc will be hired later in the project, to develop consolidated bioprocesses.
How to Apply?
The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button above.
- Motivated application
- Application form
- Project description / sketch containing: the title of the research project, sketch for the course of study and an account of general problem areas (approx. 5 pages).
- Indication of the language in which the PhD dissertation is to be prepared.
About the project/department
The Department of Chemistry and Bioscience consists of five sections of which three are situated in Aalborg with research and teaching in Biotechnology, Applied Chemistry and Biology & Environmental Science. Moreover, one section is located in Copenhagen on Sustainable Biotechnology and one section is situated in Esbjerg on Chemical Engineering. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this project, you will be collaborating with the group of Professor Jeppe Lund Nielsen, and that of Associate Professor Cristiano Varrone.
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.
Ms. Vigdis Skomager-Bohnfeldt, The Faculty of Engineering and Science
Phone: +45 9940 7408.
Post expires at 8:59am on Thursday June 24th, 2021 (GMT+9)