Postdoctoral (or Research) Fellow in Surface Science for Investigations of Stone Wool (Insulation) Dissolution

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The Department of Physics, invites applicants for a 2-year position as a surface scientist, to contribute in a project sponsored by ROCKWOOL International A/S, where the goal is to develop a model that describes the properties and behaviour of mineral wool fibres in contact with solution, as a function of the composition of several system variables. An important challenge in a sustainable energy future is to produce insulation that is effective, robust and long lasting, environmentally friendly and safe. Our model will simulate and predict product stability in various situations, including biosolubility. Our data from surface sensitive, nanoscale analysis and 3D imaging will provide key parameters to complement the molecular modelling, to be done in other parts of the project.

Responsibilities and tasks
The Fellow will be employed at the Danish Technical University (DTU, near Copenhagen, Denmark) and work in close collaboration with the project partners at DTU, Deakin University in Australia and ROCKWOOL, near Copenhagen, running experiments, analysing samples and coordinating with the molecular modellers. The main experimental techniques include X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), 3D X-ray micro and nanotomography and others. Samples will be prepared using wet chemistry methods; bulk solutions and solids will be characterised using classical analytical techniques. Frequent meetings, where results are presented and discussed, and writing short data reports are essential.

In addition to the Fellow, the will team consist of five senior scientists with expertise in high resolution analysis and molecular modelling as well as three PhD students and another Postdoctoral Fellow. The goal is to create a general predictive model that combines thermodynamics, kinetics and new information about surface processes to describe dissolution at the glass fibre interface with fluids. Personnel from the ROCKWOOL Group will be deeply involved in the project, both through complementary experiments and general scientific discussions. Strong interpersonal skills, ability to write well and English proficiency are important. Motivation, creativity as well as willingness and ability to work together with both experimentalists and theoreticians are essential.

We are looking for a materials scientist, mineralogist, chemist, physicist, geochemist or engineer, with experience in high resolution surface analysis, such as XPS, AFM and 3D imaging. A PhD or equivalent is necessary and experience is a benefit. We expect experience in publication, independence in research, team work and organisational, leadership and communication skills. This is a research position; there is no (or very limited) teaching.

The applications will be screened by a committee formed from some of the senior scientists. Candidates on the short list will be interviewed by skype and the most interesting candidate(s) will be invited for a 2 day, on site visit and discussion. We expect the successful candidate to begin sometime between November 2019 and February 2020 but the start date is flexible, considering individual circumstances.  Please indicate your preferred start date in your cover letter.

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 position in a dynamic, international team. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom, tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment conditions will follow the collective agreements with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The salary and benefits will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

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For further information about the position, contact Associate Professor M. Andersson, tel.: +45 4525 2957, or Professor S. Stipp, +45 2875 0202,

Please submit your application online, no later than 19 August 2019 (local time) 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: 

  • A cover letter, including your preferred start date
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Course lists and grade transcripts from your BSc and MSc studies
  • A short statement (no more than 1 page total) explaining why you think you are perfect for the position
  • A very short statement (no more than 1/2 page) describing your research interests
  • A publication list where you indicate which 2 or 3 articles you consider to be your best
  • names and contact details for three references
Candidates are welcome to apply before having defended their PhD. An indication of expected completion date can be included in the cover letter.

Incomplete applications and applications or attachments 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.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions, that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university, collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.