The Biosystem Division at Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, DTU wishes to appoint a PhD student within the Bioenergy and Biomass Program. 

The project  
The title of the project is “Upgrading Fuel Properties of Biomass Fuel and Waste by Torrefaction”. The project aims at testing a new concept of thermal upgrading biomass for a more efficient use in power plant co-firing systems. The treatment is a mild thermal treatment so-called torrefaction, which is claimed to have several significant chemical and physical effects on biomass which increases sustainability and save energy in transport, storage, and handling of biomass for large scale power plants applications as well as international biomass trade.
The project will focus on the underlying chemistry of the process, the technical aspects and the potential benefits when applied to relevant Danish biomass and waste fuels. 

  • M.Sc in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering with skills in analytical and experimental methods
  • Knowledge of physical, chemical and mechanical properties of biomass is desirable, but not a requirement
  • Research potential, to be enterprising, to possess good personal skills and to be qualified for enrolment into the PhD programme

We offer

  • an interesting and challenging job in an international atmosphere
  • good possibilities for professional and personal growth
  • a family friendly organization with flexible working hours

Terms of employment 
You will be employed in accordance with the terms valid for scientific staff at universities. The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. Information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies is included in the general rules of DTU, which may be obtained by application to the PhD programme office at tel: +45 45 25 11 76 or +45 45 25 11 77. 

The PhD fellow will be attached to a Research School. The period of employment for the PhD positions is three years. The place of work is Risø DTU in Roskilde. 

We must have your online application by 30 June 2009. Please open the link “apply online” and fill in the application form. The application should include the following appendices marked with the stated appendix numbers:
Appendix 1:   curriculum vitae with documentation of education
Appendix 2:   material required for expert assessment, including publications and  documentation of work experience 
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

Further information
You are welcome to contact Senior Scientist, Jesper Ahrenfeldt, +45 2565 0655,  

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