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PhD scholarship in Catalytic Conversion of CO2 hos Danmarks Tekniske Universitet

DTU Chemical Engineering seeks a qualified candidate for a vacant PhD position within catalytic conversion of CO2 containing syngas mixtures to olefins and aromatics.

The research project will combine catalyst synthesis, evaluation of catalytic activity and catalyst characterization to develop and understand catalyst structure-activity relationships to enable direct conversion of CO2 to plastic monomers. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Haldor Topsøe A/S.

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Synthesis of new catalysts using standard wet chemistry and hydrothermal techniques
  • Evaluation of catalytic activity and selectivity using laboratory flow reactors
  • Catalyst characterization by physiochemical methods (e.g. gas physisorption, chemisorption, TPR and TPD) and spectroscopic techniques (e.g. Raman, IR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy)

Additionally the candidate will engage in teaching and dissemination activities, such as being assistant teacher in a BSc/BEng/MSc course, co-supervising BSc/BEng/MSc project students, presenting at international conferences relevant to the field and writing peer-reviewed papers and possibly a popular science paper.


Candidates for the PhD positions 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. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, materials science, nanoscience or similar with experience within the abovementioned research tasks.

We offer

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.


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)
  • Curriculum Vitale
  • BSc/MSc diploma and grade transcripts
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Technology for people

DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 11,500 students and 6,000 employees.

We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup and in Sisimiut in Greenland.

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