Postdoctoral Position in Plastic Sorting and Recycling


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This post doc will focus on aspects of plastic sorting for plastic recycling. You will primarily work with developing new methodologies for identifying and performing industrial sorting of plastic waste to enhance the purity of recycled plastics on industrial scale.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position for 1 year (In case further external funding is secured within the academic area the candidate is assessed obviously qualified for, an extension is possible for up to a total maximum of 4 years of employment as a postdoc) the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark. The molecular analysis includes enabling of hyperspectral camera technology with a strong focus on material identification and out-sorting. We offer an exciting interdisciplinary environment with many international and strong industrial collaborators and the possibility to shape a project at the forefront of science and technology.

Potential candidates should have experience and expertise in more than two of the following areas:

  • Polymer synthesis and material formulation.
  • Material, image analysis and artificial intelligence
  • Analysis techniques (Mechanical testing, IR, NIR, NMR, DSC, TGA, shear rheology, and SEM).
  • Polymer/plastic processing (degradation analysis, compounding, plastic extrusion, injection moulding)

Furthermore, applicants are expected to:

  • Make a statement on future research expectations including area of interest.
  • Have strong cooperation and communication skills.
  • Have very good command of the English language, both spoken and written.
  • Be independent and capable of assisting younger students in their research projects.

Place of work and area of Employment
The place of work is Aabogade 40, 8200 Aarhus N, Denmark, and the area of employment is Aarhus University with related departments.

The city of Aarhus is the second largest in Denmark located on the eastern coast of the peninsula of Jutland. Aarhus offers a rich cultural life with its many international students and cultural events. It is easily accessible from major European cities by either train or plane.

For further information please contact Mogens Hinge (hinge@eng.au.dk) +45 22 77 05 55 Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

Starting date is preferably February 15 2021 or as soon as possible hereafter.

A process has been initiated in terms of reorganizing of engineering at Aarhus University. Read more here: https://eng.au.dk/en/news-and-events/news/show/artikel/new-organisation-to-strengthen-engineering-at-aarhus-university-1/

Application procedure
Shortlisting is used. This means that after the deadline for applications – and with the assistance from the assessment committee chairman, and the appointment committee if necessary, – the head of department selects the candidates to be evaluated. All applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been sent to an expert assessment committee for evaluation. The selected applicants will be informed about the composition of the committee, and each applicant is given the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that concerns him/her self. Once the recruitment process is completed a final letter of rejection is sent to the deselected applicants.

Letter of reference
If you want a referee to upload a letter of reference on your behalf, please state the referee’s contact information when you submit your application. We strongly recommend that you make an agreement with the person in question before you enter the referee’s contact information, and that you ensure that the referee has enough time to write the letter of reference before the application deadline.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to ensure that letters of reference received after the application deadline will be taken into consideration.

Formalities and salary range
Technical Sciences refers to the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Danish Universities under the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The application must be in English and include a curriculum vitae, degree certificate, a complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any). Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.

Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.

All interested candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background. Research activities will be evaluated in relation to actual research time. Thus, we encourage applicants to specify periods of leave without research activities, in order to be able to subtract these periods from the span of the scientific career during the evaluation of scientific productivity.

Aarhus University offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including relocation service and career counselling to expat partners. Read more here. Please find more information about entering and working in Denmark here.

Aarhus University also offers a Junior Researcher Development Programme targeted at career development for postdocs at AU. You can read more about it here.

The application must be submitted via Aarhus University’s recruitment system, which can be accessed under the job advertisement on Aarhus University’s website.

Questions about the position?

Mogens Hinge

Mogens HingeAssociate professor, Department of Engineering – Plastics and Polymer Engineering+4522770555hinge@eng.au.dk

Questions about application and proces?

Nat-Tech Administrative Centre – Nat-Tech HR+4525695795Nat-Tech.HR.Emply@au.dk

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