Postdoc in Hydrothermal processing of biomass

Aarhus University


Dept. of Engineering, Hangøvej - Faculty: Science and Technology

Postdoc in Hydrothermal processing of biomass

11 Feb

4 Mar

Expected start
1 Apr

Dept. of Engineering, Hangøvej
Hangøvej 2
8200 Aarhus N

Fixed term full-time position

1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021


The Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, invites applicants for a 2-year postdoc position offering applicants an exciting opportunity to join a new research project on thermochemical and physical processing of biomass. The position is primarily funded as part of a larger GUDP project, which aims at producing sustainable bio-based growth substrates for plant production.


The position is available from 01.04.2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Job description/research project/research area
You are expected to contribute to the development of the hydrothermal processing and general biorefining research activities within the Biorefining research team ( . The project will involve the development, operation and optimization of pilot scale equipment for hydrothermal carbonization, extrusion, steam pre-treatment and hydrothermal liquefaction. The aim of these technologies is to replace fossil derived materials with sustainable biomass/waste derived ones with different applications ranging from solid and liquid biofuels, advanced carbon materials to soil improvers.

Your profile
Applicants should hold a PhD in process engineering, chemical engineering or a related field. The applicant is expected to have experience in the thermochemical processing of biomass and experience in biomass characterization/analysis. Previous publications in thermochemical processing of biomass or related fields will be regarded as highly favorable. Previous experience in the construction and operation of continuous flow reactors, sensor data acquisition, Labview (or similar) programming, basic electronic and mechanical engineering skills are all highly relevant for the advertised position. Proven communication skills such as conference presentations and some teaching experience are also viewed upon favorably. The applicant has to be willing and have a good ability to work in a team. The pilot plants are located in Foulum so the applicant must be willing to travel to and from Aarhus with the Biorefining team (only applicable if living in Aarhus). Good English skills in both written and verbal form are required.


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 optimisation 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 Blichers Alle 20, Tjele 8830 and Hangøvej 2, Aarhus 8000 and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.


Further information about the position may be obtained from: Assistant Professor Patrick Biller, 52745340,


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 a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.


Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

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