Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD Scholarship in Understanding and Overcoming Physiological Stress Responses in Aspergillus Niger to Dissolved O2 and Co2 in Fermentation Processes

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship in biotechnology at Technical University of Denmark. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. Potential candidates should apply before July 26, 2019.

DTU Biosustain at the Technical University of Denmark invites applications for a position as PhD in "Understanding and overcoming physiological stress responses in Aspergillus niger to dissolved O2 and CO2 in fermentation processes".

The position is part of the PhD Program within the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing Initiative, funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The initiative is a collaboration between the DTU Departments Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability. This position will be hosted at DTU Biosustain and is one of four PhD positions posted in this call. This position will be placed in the Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology (BCBT) group at DTU Biosustain. The BCBT group works on the development of new, efficient and sustainable process technologies that can accelerate the development of a bio-economy. The groups research relates chemical engineering and biotechnology tools including aspects such as biomass pretreatment, fermentation, evolutionary engineering of strains, downstream and techno economic assessment. More information about the group is available at This project aims to understand and overcome physiological stress responses in Aspergillus niger to dissolved O2 and CO2 in the fermentation processes. The work plan will comprehend interdisciplinary activities in aspects including bioreactor engineering, fermentation, process optimization, microbial physiology, process simulation and modelling. Responsibility and tasks include, but are not limited to: Candidates should have a MSc degree in Biotechnology or similar. The ideal candidate is proud to deliver consistent results, meets deadlines and is a fast learner. We are looking for a candidate with a solid background in: The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Group Leader, Dr. Solange I. Mussatto and approved by an internal PhD assessment committee. DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Further information about this position may be obtained from Dr. Solange I. Mussatto (Head of the Biomass Conversion and Bioprocess Technology group), e-mail: Application Please submit your online application no later than 26 July 2019 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include: Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.


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