FBM PhD Program

The PhD program within the Fermentation Based Biomanufacturing initiative provides a common framework for collaborative PhD projects that have interdisciplinary bioprocess science and engineering as the overall theme. The candidates are trained in state-of-the-art bioprocess engineering, e.g., cell factory design and physiology, advanced fermentation design, up-scaling and control, and downstream processing.
Joint Supervision
The PhD students are supervised jointly, with a lead supervisor either from CFB, DTU Chemical Engineering or DTU Bioengineering, and a co-supervisor from at least one of the other two departments.
The FBM PhD-students are also members of the PhD-school in the department of their main supervisor. To accomplish the FBM PhD, the requirements of the respective PhD school have to be fulfilled. The PhD schools inform about other elements of the PhD education, as well as about the administrative processes. 

Every FBM PhD student has to carry out an independent scientific research project, including a written dissertation and a public defense. Besides that, every PhD student at DTU has to participate in educational offers (30 ECTS) and engage in teaching activities (approximately three months). Furthermore, an external research stay is required to complete a PhD at DTU. 

Part of the FBM Network
FBM PhD students are expected to participate in the FBM courses and events, and to attend (and present) at one international conference per year. The FBM PhD Club is organizing e.g. industry talks and excursions, seminar days, and social gatherings. The members of the PhD program benefit from being part of a lively network with fellow PhD students and experts from the interdisciplinary area of FBM.

Find a PhD position

There are currently no new positions within the FBM Initiative. When there are, they will be announced on the DTU vacancies website.


Friederike Buchholz

DTU Bioengineering
+45 93 51 89 33