PhD scholarship in Assessing life cycle impacts of bio-plastics from dicarboxylic acids at Center for Biosustainability.

A PhD position is available at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) in cooperation with the Department of Management Engineering (DTU Management) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) on “Assessing life cycle impacts of bio-plastics built from dicarboxylic acids”. It will be part of the EU project BioREFINE-2G.

The PhD candidate will (i) draw the baseline of life cycle impact of bio-plastics, (ii) develop methods for including new components in life cycle impact assessments, (iii) do a life cycle impact assessment of chosen bio-plastics (iv) report the findings and outcomes in peer-reviewed publications with the goal of shedding light on if bio-polymers are more environmentally friendly that conventional polymers. (V) The PhD candidate will also have the role as project administrator of an EU funded project.

The successful candidate is a talented, highly skilled, and self-motivating person who enjoys working in an international and interdisciplinary environment. Excellent life cycle assessment knowledge and analytical skills are essential. An engineering or resource management background is highly desirable. Furthermore, previous experience with doing LCA studies required as well as supervision of masters students. Experience in project management is highly desirable. Proficient command in oral and written English communication is a prerequisite.

Candidates should have a master’s degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master’s degree in engineering.

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 of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Jochen Förster (DTU Biosustain).

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years for full-time.

The position is available from the 1 October 2015.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Jochen Förster, email:

Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

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Please do not send applications to this e-mail address, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than 19 July 2015. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online,” fill in 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 (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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