PhD scholarship in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology, University of Denmark

Publish Date: Jun 04, 2015

Deadline: Jun 12, 2015

DTU Environment invites highly talented young researchers who have obtained outstanding results during their MSc studies and who have demonstrated excellence and potential in their field of study, to apply for a PhD scholarship in the Research Group “Risk Assessment of Chemicals and Nanomaterials” at DTU Environment, which consists of 3 professors, 2 associate professors, 4 Post Docs and 7 PhD students. We do research within environmental chemistry, environmental toxicology and environmental risk assessment of chemicals and nanomaterials.

The PhD student will be part of a research team working with characterization, ecotoxicity, bioaccumulation and risk assessment of nano- and micro-sized particles. We have extensive collaboration with academic and industrial partners worldwide. For more information about recent research of the team:


Responsibilities and tasks
The working title of the PhD study is “Uptake and effects of nanoparticles and microplastics in aquatic organism”. This research involves development and application of techniques to expose aquatic organisms to nanoparticles and microplastics and to trace and quantify particles in organisms at the celluar and sub-celluar level. A fundamental part of the research is the application of NanoSIMS for studying distribution of particles within organisms. The aim is to improve the linkage between particle properties, exposure conditions and internal distribution within organisms. The PhD study is carried out in close collaboration between DTU Environment and  Laboratory for Biological Geochemistry at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Research stays at EPFL is therefore an integrated part of the PhD study.

The work will include

  • Studies of the influence of exposure conditions on uptake and effects of nano- and micro-particles in aquatic organisms
  • Particle characterization to determine particle size distributions and chemical composition in experimental media
  • Conceptual and experimental work with state-of-the-art techniques of internal localization of nano- and micro-particles
  • Experimental work will be done in close collaboration with EPFL as well as relevant national and international partners.

Documented experience with characterization and/or uptake of nano- or microparticles is a prerequisite.

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Prof. Anders Baun (DTU) and Prof. Anders Maibom (EPFL).

We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.

Salary and appointment terms
The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anders Baun, tel.: +45 4525 1567 / +45 4525 1200,

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Please submit your online application no later than June 12, 2015. Applications must be submitted as one pdf filecontaining all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in 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 vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (an official translation into English)
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their master's degree, but cannot begin before having received it.

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

DTU Environment is one of the largest university departments specializing in environmental engineering in Europe. DTU Environment conducts research and development, and provides educational programs and service to society in the area of engineering of water in natural, urban and industrial contexts, processing and recovery of residual resources, and environmental risk assessment and chemical risk reduction. The Department has a staff of 170 including 25 faculty, 30 post-docs, 70 PhD and 100 MSc students from more than 30 nationalities.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and public service. Our staff of 5,700 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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