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Postdoc in Water Treatment Technology

At the Faculty of Engineering and Science, Department of Energy Technology, a position as Postdoc in Water Treatment Technology is open for appointment from 1st June or soon thereafter. The position is available for a period of 1 year and 3 month. Workplace is Esbjerg. Aalborg University contributes to the knowledge building of the global society as well as the development of prosperity, welfare and culture of Danish society. This is accomplished through research, research-based education, public sector services and knowledge collaboration. AAU educates students for the future and activities are based on a dynamic and transformative collaboration with the surrounding community.  The Department of Energy Technology is a dynamic engineering research department in continuous growth and inspiring surroundings. The department has a very international environment and covers all areas of clean and sustainable energy systems of the future within electrical, thermal and mechatronic energy technology. The department has campuses in both Aalborg and Esbjerg. The mission is to be world leading in both research and research-based education of the energy engineers of the future. The department has approx. 300 employees of many nationalities, of which 24 are administrative staff. In addition, the department constantly has approx. 50-70 guest researchers from around the world. Research and teaching are in the absolute world elite in the field of energy, and we have extensive and leading workshop and laboratory facilities, where research and innovation are carried out in direct collaboration with industry to a great extent. 

Job description

The position is offered in relation to the cross of two research programs "Offshore Energy Systems" and "Biogas and Biorefinering" and the postdoc will be positioned to the section in Esbjerg.

As part of the NEPTUN project, the postdoc will be working on 2-3 smaller projects with-in the scope of technology development for the water treatment industry. The projects will be on various topics related to water treatment e.g. control and monitoring of water treatment systems, utilization of water treatment sludge, and analysis, monitoring and recovery technologies of microplastics from water systems. Particularly, the feasibility to recover microplastics by usage of the de-oiling hydrocyclone technique, which is primarily used in offshore oil & gas for produced water treatment, should be investigated. 

Research areas will be within separation process and water treatment technology. Limited teaching within the area of process control and monitoring can be expected, but also in other study programmes at the University. 

The candidate should have the PhD degree in control engineering, or electrical engineering or relevant areas. The candidate should have the strong knowledge and research experience in the design, monitoring and control of separation processes, particularly with respect to separation technologies of tiny solids from liquid flows. The candidate with knowledge and research experience of TSS monitoring and hydrocyclone technique will be prioritized.

You may obtain further professional information from from Associate Professor Zhenyu Yang, tel: +45 2184 7937, E-mail:, or Associate Professor Mette Hedegaard Thomsen, +45 9356 2196, E-mail: 

Qualification requirements: 

Appointment as Postdoc presupposes scientific qualifications at PhD–level or similar scientific qualifications. The research potential of each applicant will be emphasized in the overall assessment. Appointment as a Postdoc cannot exceed a period of four years in total at Aalborg University.

The application must contain the following:

  • A motivated text wherein the reasons for applying, qualifications in relation to the position, and intentions and visions for the position are stated.
  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of relevant diplomas (Master of Science and PhD). On request you could be asked for an official English translation.
  • Scientific qualifications. A complete list of publications must be attached with an indication of the works the applicant wishes to be considered. You may attach up to 5 publications.
  • Dissemination qualifications, including participation on committees or boards, participation in organisations and the like.
  • Additional qualifications in relation to the position. References/recommendations.
  • Personal data.

The applications are only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below. An assessment committee will assess all candidates.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

For further information concerning the application procedure please contact HR-Servicecentre EST by mail


Employment is in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities (the Appointment Order) and the Ministry of Finance's current Job Structure for Academic Staff at Universities. Employment and salary are in accordance with the collective agreement for state-employed academics.    The first 3 months of your employment is a trial period.

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