Medium and reaction engineering of enzymatic cascade for furan-dicarboxylic acid synthesis

Aarhus Universitet (AU)

Ph.d. & forskning
Østjylland (Aarhus)

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark, within the Engineering programme. The position is available from 1 August 2020 or later.

Title:
Medium and reaction engineering of enzymatic cascade for furan-dicarboxylic acid synthesis

Research area and project description:
The half part of your PhD research (18 months) will be carried out at Aarhus University (Denmark) under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selin Kara in the group of Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing at the Department of Engineering. The second half of the PhD work (18 months) will be at the company SpinChem (Sweden) under the supervision of Dr. Emil Byström and Dr. Christopher Öberg.

This H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Innovative Training Network (ITN) project starts in January 2020 (M1). PhD project is funded for three years and the date of recruitment, start of the PhD project, is planned for July 2020 (M7) latest on December 2020 (M12).

Your PhD degree will be awarded based on successful completion of the research work. You will also be required to participate in the training events and workshops organized by the ITN-European Industrial Doctorates (EID) program. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fellow, you are also expected to contribute your time in the dissemination of your PhD project’s result through public engagement and other scientific platforms.

The PhD research will focus on:

    • Optimization of the reaction conditions for multi-enzymatic synthesis,
    • Co-immobilization or compartmentalization of enzymes with diverse methods and materials,
    • Development of the multi-enzymatic cascade in low-water media,
    • Evaluation of the multi-enzymatic synthesis in terms of productivity and sustainability,
    • Up-scaling of the model reaction system in low-water media at the industrial partner.
    Qualifications and specific competences:
    An outstanding MSc degree in Biotechnology or Bioprocess Engineering,
    • Eligible as a graduate student at Aarhus University, Denmark,
    • At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided (or carried out his/her main activity e.g. work, studies, etc.) in Denmark, for more than 12 months in the last three years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date,
    • Research experience in chemo-biocatalysis, enzyme immobilization, reaction engineering and up-scaling,
    • Experience in analytical methods (HPLC, GC, MS, etc.),
    • Ability to work in an international team,
    • Inter- and multidisciplinary thinking,
    • Creativity, high motivation and conceptual thinking,
    • An integrative and cooperative personality with excellent communication and social skills,
    • Fluency in English – written and oral.

    Place of employment and place of work:
    The place of employment is Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 10, DK-8000 Aarhus, Denmark.

    Contacts:
    Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

    Assoc. Prof. Dr. Selin Kara (selin.kara@eng.au.dk)

    Application procedures

    Before you applyInformation and attachments:
    Please be aware that you must have all relevant appendices, attachments, addresses for referees, etc. ready when you apply, as the entire application must be uploaded to the system in one go.

    Documentation of language skills:
    The English language requirement at GSST is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

    English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the following tests:

    • TOEFL test (internet-based), minimum score: 83. The GSST does not accept the paper-based test, nor the TOEFL ITP test. Remember to ask the test center to send your test results to Aarhus University in order to enable verification of your test results. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935.
      Currently, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (available in selected areas) will also be accepted.
    • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
      If you are applying for a 3+5 or 4+4 programme and therefore simultaneously must be enrolled in a Master’s degree programme, please be aware that the B2 level IELTS test is no longer accepted. For admission in a Master’s degree programme, a result of at least 6.5 points equivalent of C1 level is required as stated in the General admission requirements.
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
      Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
      Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
      Cambridge English: First Certificate with grade A (FCE)

    When to take the test and how to upload the documentation:
    The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

    The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

    It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded. If the test result is not part of the original application the test result is to be sent to sphd@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline.

    The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

    • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
    • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
    • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at a Danish university for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.

    The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

    How to apply:
    1) Find the application form:
    Go to www.phd.scitech.au.dk/for-applicants/apply-here - Note, the online application system opens on 1 March 2020.
    Choose May 2020 Call with deadline 1 May 2020 at noon (11.59 AM CEST).
    You will be directed to the call, and must choose the programme 'Engineering'.

    2) Fill in the following information:

    • Personal information
    • Academic background
    • Admission
    • Financing (if any)
    • Study: In the dropdown menu you must choose the project: "Medium and reaction engineering of enzymatic cascade for furan-dicarboxylic acid synthesis"
    • Source (how you found out about the call)

    Next to some of the information fields you will find a number. Click on the number to get further directions on how to fill in the information field/what information is needed.

    3) Application attachments:
    Please be aware that you cannot submit the application if one or several of these documents have not been uploaded.

    If you wish to upload more than one document under each section, you must scan/merge all documents into one large PDF file and upload this. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like. Instead you can indicate a URL where the information is available.

    All information in the application must be in English or Danish, preferably English. A certified English translation is required for documents written in languages other than English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) languages.

    As a minimum all applications must include (pdf-files only, max. 20 MB, no zip):

    • One reference (template for references)
    • Curriculum vitae,
    • Motivation (max. 1 page)
    • Transcripts, grade point averages (weighted and unweighted), and diploma(s) for both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. If the original documents are not in English or one of the Scandinavian languages (i.e. Norwegian, Swedish or Danish) then copies of the original documents as well as a certified English translation must be attached.
    • Project description (½-4 pages). For technical reasons, you must upload a project description. When - as here - you apply for a specific project, please simply copy the project description above, and upload it as a PDF in the application. If you wish to, you can indicate an URL where further information can be found. Please note that we reserve the right to remove scientific papers, large reports, theses and the like.
    • Documentation of language skills if required.

    After submission of the application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an application ID, you should use for reference if needed.

    GSST reserves the right to verify the authenticity of your educational diploma and transcripts:

    • Request additional information to verify an application.
    • Reject the application if it is proven, or if the University has reasonable belief, that the information provided is false or if the applicant refuses to provide the requested information, whether or not an offer has already been made.
    • For further information on applying, assessment procedures, etc. please see the GSST Application Guide.

    Please note:

    • The programme committee may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview.

    All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.


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