PostDoc Researcher Electrochemistry for Chemical Conversion

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 12 Oct 2022

PostDoc Researcher Electrochemistry for Chemical Conversion
PostDoc Researcher Electrochemistry for Chemical Conversion
Published Deadline Location
yesterday 12 Oct Wageningen

Job description
Are you an experienced researcher with a PhD on electrochemistry? Are you interested in continuing your pursuit of scientific knowledge in a creative, ambitious, and multi-disciplinary contract research institute? Are you keen to contribute to a sustainable society by applying your knowledge to convert biomass or CO2 into sustainable, fossil free products for the chemical industry? Would you like to develop your own research ideas, establish new collaborations, and pursue new funding opportunities? In short: will you join our team?
We, the Sustainable Chemistry & Technology group of Wageningen Food and Biobased Research (WFBR), have a vacant postdoctoral position. Your role will be to:
  • develop concepts for the electrochemical conversion of renewable biobased feedstock into (synthons for) fossil free chemicals and materials;
  • write research project proposals for the realization of these concepts, together with industrial parties and/or subsidizing bodies and possibly colleagues of other disciplines. In the process to pursue funding, you collaborate internally with programme managers, business developers, and other experts;
  • execute the acquired projects, together with a team of (assistant) researchers;
  • intensify collaborations on electrochemisty with academic chair-groups at Wageningen University and Research (WUR).
You will be part of a multidisciplinary team of experienced researchers that jointly cover all major tools for chemical conversion, including organic chemistry, homo- and heterogenous catalysis, biocatalysis, and electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is the latest addition to our toolkit, for which we have high expectations given the rapid electrification of our society, the intrinsic advantages of the technology, and its complementarity with other conversion methods.
We expect you to develop your own research vision and ideas, and translate these into new projects, collaborations and publications. This position offers extensive scientific freedom to pursue your own interests, which comes with the responsibility to actively explore funding opportunities. You will be provided with coaching and mentorship in grant writing.
This postdoc position is exploratory in nature and accordingly the contract at offer is limited to 2 years. Nevertheless, our contract research organisation fundamentally differs from academic chair-groups at universities, which alters the prospects compared to normal postdoc positions. An effective implementation of the job description, as ultimately visible in the realization of major research projects, may well result in a transposition of this postdoc into a permanent research position.
Specifications
  • max. 36 hours per week
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Wageningen University & Research


Requirements
As a PostDoc researcher, you are expected to have:
  • a PhD in electrochemistry, preferentially related to the chemical conversion of low molecular weight organic compounds. Postdoc experience gathered after your PhD is a bonus;
  • a strong drive to explore the potential of electrochemistry for biobased applications and the willingness to set up, acquire and perform research projects;
  • the ambition to increase your and our scientific visibility by presenting your work at international conferences and publishing in high-ranking journals;
  • the skills and ambition to establish new collaborations within our institute, with other Wageningen University and Research partners, and with external institutes and universities;
  • fluency in English (C2 level). Knowledge of the Dutch language is not required for this function, but learning Dutch may increase your long-term career options.

Conditions of employment
Wageningen University & Research offers excellent terms of employment . A few highlights from our Collective Labour Agreement include:
  • working hours that can be discussed and arranged so that they allow for the best possible work-life balance;
  • the option to accrue additional holiday hours by working more, up to 40 hours per week;
  • paid parental leave;
  • there is a strong focus on vitality and you can make use of the sports facilities available on campus for a small fee;
  • a fixed December bonus of 4%;
  • excellent pension scheme.
In addition to these first-rate employee benefits, you will of course receive a good salary. Depending on your experience, we offer a competitive gross salary of between € 2.949,- and € 5.479,- gross per month for a full-time working week of 36 hours, in accordance with the CLA Wageningen Research (scale 10 or 11).
Wageningen University & Research encourages internal advancement opportunities and mobility with an internal recruitment policy. There are plenty of options for personal initiative in a learning environment, and we provide excellent training opportunities. We are offering a unique position in an international environment with a pleasant and open working atmosphere.
Coming from abroad
Wageningen University & Research is the university and research centre for life sciences. The themes we deal with are relevant to everyone around the world and Wageningen, therefore, has a large international community and a lot to offer to international employees. Applicants from abroad moving to the Netherlands may qualify for a special tax relief , known as the 30% ruling. Our team of advisors on Dutch immigration procedures will help you with the visa application procedures for yourself and, if applicable, for your family.
Feeling welcome also has everything to do with being well informed. Wageningen University & Research's International Community page contains practical information about what we can do to support international employees and students coming to Wageningen. Furthermore, we can assist you with any additional advice and information about helping your partner to find a job, housing, schooling, and other issues.
Employer
Wageningen University & Research
The mission of Wageningen University & Research is "To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life". Under the banner Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen University and the specialised research institutes of the Wageningen Research Foundation have joined forces in contributing to finding solutions to important questions in the domain of healthy food and living environment.
With its roughly 30 branches, 7.200 employees and 13.200 students, Wageningen University & Research is one of the leading organisations in its domain. An integrated approach to problems and the cooperation between various disciplines are at the heart of Wageningen's unique approach. WUR has been named Best Employer in the Education category for 2019-2020.
Read the 5 reasons why your future colleagues enjoy working at WUR and watch this video to get an idea of our green campus!
We will recruit for the vacancy ourselves, so no employment agencies please. However, sharing in your network is appreciated.
Additional information
Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Arie van der Bent, Research Manager Sustainable Chemistry and Technology, telephone +31-317-480231, e-mail arie.vanderbent@wur.nl or Dr. Daan van Es, Expertise Leader Sustainable Chemistry, telephone +31-317-481160, e-mail daan.vanes@wur.nl .
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, Corporate Recruiter, +31-317-480571, e-mail; rutger.voorrips@wur.nl
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
Don't wait with your application. As soon as we have suitable applicants, we will start the interview process. Will we talk to you soon?
Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .
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Application procedure
Do you want more information?
For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Arie van der Bent, Research Manager Sustainable Chemistry and Technology, telephone +31-317-480231, e-mail arie.vanderbent@wur.nl or Dr. Daan van Es, Expertise Leader Sustainable Chemistry, telephone +31-317-481160, e-mail daan.vanes@wur.nl .
For more information about the procedure, please contact Rutger Voorrips, Corporate Recruiter, +31-317-480571, e-mail; rutger.voorrips@wur.nl
Do you want to apply?
You can apply directly using the apply button on the vacancy page on our website which will allow us to process your personal information with your approval.
Don't wait with your application. As soon as we have suitable applicants, we will start the interview process. Will we talk to you soon?
Equal opportunities
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) employs a large number of people with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisation and be offered the same career opportunities. We therefore especially welcome applications from people who are underrepresented at WUR. For more information please go to our inclusivity page . A good example of how WUR deals with inclusiveness can be read on the page working at WUR with a functional impairment .
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