Job:Postdoc in Sustainability Assessment for Bio-based Chemical Production
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If you are motivated towards quantifying sustainability by developing methods in life cycle assessment (LCA) and you are looking for an opportunity, where you can unfold your skills to support a viable bioeconomy, you have it right here.

As an internationally reputed elite university, DTU is at the forefront of innovation related to “the sustainable transition”. At the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), we are specifically looking for new ways to support the sustainable production of bio-chemicals, and that is why we need you and all of your good skills across environmental impact assessment and modeling.

The project is aimed towards guiding fundamental research to commercially viable technologies that will contribute towards sustainable bio-based chemical production – just like your opportunities for learning and development. Please note that the position is a projects assignment to end by 31.12.2022.

Guide innovation by quantifying sustainability

Your job is to support the vision of sustainable bio-chemical production. You will do so by designing and developing strategies for innovation, to guide the R&D activities of bio-based technologies for the global bio-chemical industry. Specifically, you will be responsible to evaluate environmental impacts of projects at an early stage of development to screen and subsequently, optimize these to address the mutual needs of society and requirements from stakeholders.

Your primary tasks will be to:

  • Design and develop methods for LCA and perform simulations to characterize and reduce the impacts of bio-based products on the environment.
  • Being one of the key persons, responsible to screen projects, it is expected of you to suggest suitable assessment workflows, based on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL).
  • Develop bio-based production system in LCA tools, such as SimaPro®, to analyze and monitor the sustainability performance of the selected products.
  • Actively engage with subject-matter experts (at Quantitative Sustainability Assessment section at DTU and DTU Biosustain) to couple results from LCA with the techno-economic outcome and suggest optimization strategies for the projects under consideration.
  • Identify hotspots in the supply chain of bio-chemicals.
  • You will be actively involved in developing and maintaining an assessment toolbox in the organization, for future projects.
  • Apply relevant computational algorithms, statistical methods and analysis, to determine sensitive parameters.
  • Be proficient in illustrating the findings into engaging reports and presentations. Your ideas and input e.g. new methods, tools and analysis are highly welcomed.

Experience with Life Cycle Assessment

We are looking for a profile with the motivation and drive needed for making a difference that matters. As you will join a multidisciplinary team, you must bring a flexible and adaptable mindset. Additionally, you must like to create results via collaboration with people with different professional and cultural backgrounds. To succeed, it is also important that you thrive on making decisions based on limited information. Additionally, your CV comprises of:

  • Education as an Environmental Engineer. Chemical engineers, Materials Science professionals and Industrial engineers with LCA experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • Advanced user experience with LCA software packages, such as SimaPro®.
  • Previous experience in working with computational programming languages will be highly desired.
  • Track-record of performing quantitative sustainability assessment, with a focus on environmental impact.
  • 3+ years of experience in developing methods in LCA or a PhD with a similar focus. Prior experience with integrating LCA and techno-economic data will be highly desired.

Sustainable Innovation Office – your new team

You will join a small and agile team of four skilled and dedicated professional. Our focus is to guide innovation at an early stage by assessing benefits (economic, environmental and societal) of developed bio-based technologies. Our goal is to develop sustainable technologies that lead to strategic collaborations and commercial packages. Our work environment is informal and characterised by knowledge sharing, respect, trust and room for having a good time together – naturally balanced with creating tangible results. Now we are just looking forward to welcoming you to the team.

Further information

If you have any questions, you are very welcome to contact Team Leader, Sumesh Sukumara at

You can read more about DTU Biosustain at

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.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 30 November 2020 (Danish time).

Please apply at

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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has fundamentally changed the scope and ambition of harnessing the potential of biological systems. Big data approaches and analysis of biological systems are key research instruments at the Center. DTU Biosustain utilizes these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles in relation to three application areas: Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products, and Microbial Foods.

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*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 12,000 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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