Postdoc position Bio-fuel production using hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oils and biomass

Updated: 13 days ago
Deadline: 07 Jul 2024

Project description
The overall goal with this project is to perform research that can aid the development of future bio-refineries that produces chemicals and fuels based on waste materials. This will be done by developing novel catalytic processes.

Information about the division and the department
This position is at Chemical Engineering division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering department at Chalmers. We have a wide range of experience and work both experimentally and with modeling. We have a long tradition of working with both fundamental scientific questions and applied problems together with industry. This position is within the Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK).

Major responsibilities
The overall goal with this project is to perform research that can aid the development of future bio-refineries that produces chemicals and fuels based on bio-oils and waste biomass. Catalytic hydrodeoxygenation, which will be the focus of this project, is a very strong technique that can be used to produce renewable chemicals and fuels. The objective of the project is to develop novel catalysts for the process as well as examined process conditions and catalyst deactivation.

The catalyst will be tested in high hydrogen pressure reactors and the gas, liquid will be analysed with GC, GCxGC/MS and NMR. The solids will be characterized with elemental analysis, NMR, Maldi, etc. The catalysts will be throughly characterized using for example XRD, BET, SEM, TEM, TPR, TPD, DRIFT and XPS.

The position will involve reporting current research results in both written and oral form as well as authoring scientific research publications.         

For this position it is required to have a PhD in Catalysis. It is also a requirement to have extensive experience in catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of bio-oils/biomass.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). Exceptions from the 3-year limit can be made for longer periods resulting from parental leave, sick leave or military service*.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

* The date shown in your doctoral degree certificate is the date we use, as this is the date you have met all requirements for the doctoral degree.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with 20240350 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Please note: The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the application is complete. Incomplete applications and applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application deadline: 2024-07-07

For questions, please contact:
Professor Louise Olsson, Head of Division, Chemical Engineering,
[email protected]

Professor Derek Creaser, Chemical Engineering,
[email protected]

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg conducts research and education in technology and natural sciences at a high international level. The university has 3100 employees and 10,000 students, and offers education in engineering, science, shipping and architecture. With scientific excellence as a basis, Chalmers promotes knowledge and technical solutions for a sustainable world. Through global commitment and entrepreneurship, we foster an innovative spirit, in close collaboration with wider society.
Chalmers was founded in 1829 and has the same motto today as it did then: Avancez – forward.

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