The postdoc will be part of the PROSYS research center at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. Our research in the center has focus on process systems engineering, on fermentation and downstream processing. Most of our activities are in close collaboration with industry and other academic partners.

The position is part of the Accelerated Innovation in Manufacturing Biologics (AIMBIO) project, a collaboration and exchange project between DTU (DTU Bioengineering, DTU Chemical Engineering) and the Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. The project is a 5-year effort supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and has focus on different research topics, digital twins being one of the topics, and life-long learning activities. The postdoc will be working closely together with a PhD student that is working on related topics.

Responsibilities and tasks
The focus of this postdoc position is on development of digital twins of pilot‐scale bioreactors and relevant downstream equipment. More specifically, the candidate is expected to:

  • Develop, validate and connect first-principles based or hybrid mathematical models for different unit operations.
  • Investigate plant-wide aspects related to interactions between different unit operations, for example in terms of process control related aspects.
  • Facilitate “real-time” integration of the Digital twins developed with sensor information from physical pilot scale unit operations.
  • Investigate the potential inclusion of AI and machine learning in the digital twins to be developed

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemical or biochemical engineering or closely related fields.

Furthermore, the ideal candidate should have an interest in software development and preferably have experience with process design under uncertainty, with AI/machine learning, and with software tools such as Matlab-Simulink and Python. Hands-on experience from working with pilot-scale equipment is an additional advantage.

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.

Salary and terms of employment
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 2 years. The place of work is Lyngby campus.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from professor Krist V. Gernaey, tel.: +45 4525 2970, e-mail

You can read more about the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 9 December 2020 (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:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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