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Postdoc to CoaST Research Centre

Danmarks Tekniske Universitet


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The activities in CoaST cover coating technologies from raw materials, over formulation, test and characterization to production and application. In the broad perspective, the center will support development, production and use of high performance coatings with improved sustainability profiles over the lifetime of the coating. Areas of research are anticorrosive coatings for steel structures, blade coatings for wind turbines, intumescent coatings for passive fire protection, antifouling coatings for ships, insulation coatings for heat loss reduction, coatings for the cement- and mineral industries, and coatings for oil- and gas pipelines at high temperature and high pressure.

Responsibilities and tasks

In the heavy duty industry, such as the oil and gas sector, organic coatings for conditions of high pressure (up to 200 bars) and high temperature (up to 200 celcius), as well as seawater exposure, are needed to protect process equipment. Coating types used are based on two-component epoxy binders. Estimation of the coating lifetime and mapping of the degradation pathways under various process conditions is a challenge and the main content of this project.

During the past few years, a new pilot plant (batch reactor), allowing for experimentation at high pressure and high temperature, has been designed and built. Initial results have shown that coatings degrade at different rates, but the mechanisms behind the coating degradation have not been mapped and quantified and may include one of more of the following rate phenomena: diffusion and dissolution of gases (N2, CH4, O2/air, CO2, and H2S) and solvents (e.g xylene) in the coating, chemical degradation of the binder and other coating ingredients, coating swelling, and formation of cracks and blisters.

The purpose of the project is to quantify the degradation mechanisms for selected coatings and various gas/liquid mixtures and to find ways of extending the coating life time.


Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent in chemical engineering or materials.

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 appointment terms

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. The period of employment is 2 years. The expected start date is 15 April 2019.

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Further information

For further information on the projects contact: Associate Professor Søren Kiil, or Professor, Head of Department Kim Dam-Johansen,

You can read more about DTU Chemical Engineering here.

Application procedure

Please submit your online application no later than 28 March 2019 (local time). 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.

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 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.