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PhD scholarship in recovery of residual resources at end-of-pipe in
recirculating aquaculture systems
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Wednesday 12 Jan 22
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Apply no later than 14 February 2022
Apply for the job at DTU Aqua by completing the following form.
If you want to start a scientific carrier and contribute to the continued
development of sustainable and cost-efficient end-of-pipe technologies in
freshwater and saltwater recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), this is an
opportunity for you. At DTU Aqua we are focusing on methods that ensure
resource recovery and minimal environmental impact, allowing the transition of
recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS to a more sustainable and circular
economy strategy. To achieve this, our research within end-of-pipe treatment
treats waste streams from aquaculture with emphasis on nitrogen, phosphorous
and organic matter removal. In this PhD, different cost-effective technologies
and holistic strategies for valorizing and downstreaming waste from RAS with a
focus on circular economy will be investigated. Specifically, new innovative
methods for phosphorous recovery, carbon sources for denitrification, organic
coagulants, and dewatering technologies for organic matter treatment and
Responsibilities and qualifications
You will be involved in a collaborative research project involving several
European research institutions. Your main role will be to design and conduct
research on the topic in our facilities in Hirtshals. This involves practical
experiments in lab-scale and industrial RAS, as well as laboratory analysis
and studies aimed to develop cost-efficient end-of-pipe technologies in
freshwater and saltwater RAS, ensuring resource recovery and minimal
environmental impact. In addition, you will participate in other ongoing
related research activities in the Section for Aquaculture.
Candidates should have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) or a
similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's
degree. Ideally, you have a degree in Engineering, Biochemistry, or
Biotechnology preferably with a specialization in biorefinery, water
treatment, or similar.
Our ideal candidate
Possesses scientific curiosity and is eager to test hypotheses to advance
Has previous experience in experimental work with down streaming or water
Has an interest in circular economy concept applied to aquaculture
Is interested in RAS and practical application of the results achieved
Has a keen interest in laboratory analysis and development of methods
Shows proficiency in written and spoken English, and a determination for
disseminating your work
Approval and Enrolment
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 DTU's rules for the PhD education.
Assessment of the applicants will be made by Head of Section Per Bovbjerg
Pedersen, Senior researcher Merlin Alvarado, and Researcher Carlos Letelier-
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.
Salary and appointment terms
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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Starting date will be April 1, 2022 or according to mutual agreement.
Further information may be obtained from Carlos Letelier-Gordo
firstname.lastname@example.org or Head of Section Per Bovbjerg Pedersen, email@example.com
You can read more about the Institute and the Section at www. aqua.dtu.dk
If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in
Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark.
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 14
February 2022 (Danish 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:
A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma including official description of
You may apply prior to obtaining your master's degree but cannot begin
before having received it.
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability,
religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
The successful candidate will be employed at the Section for Aquaculture
located in Hirtshals in the scenic Northern part of Denmark. Here, we perform
research on sustainable farming technology, recirculation, water quality,
environmental footprint, as well as research on fish nutrition, welfare, and
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