Postdoc Contributing to the Development of the Circular Economy via Experimental Model Validation of Waste Gasification

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2024

Postdoc contributing to the development of the circular economy via experimental model validation of waste gasification  

The project ‘’Modelling and experimental validation of HTW bubbling fluidized bed gasification’’ is a collaboration between GIDARA Energy and TU Delft. The aim of the gasification process is to generate a syngas which, after cleanup and upgrading, will be suitable for fossil-free methanol production. In the project there is active collaboration with a PhD student who performs CFD modeling in combination with ANN modeling to arrive at a better process understanding for process scale-up. The goal of the research by the Postdoc is to perform accompanying validating experiments, both via Cold flow experiments using a downscaled version of the gasifier at TU Delft and hot testing at a hot fluidised bed gasification setup outside TU Delft. Next to (hot) validation experiments that concern heat and mass transfer, validation gasification measurements at the gasifier will be performed, targeting closure of mass- and energy balances and to obtain more insight in the conversion process of the challenging circular carbon feedstock for further scale-up. The focus of the Postdoc will thus be on experimental work, although knowledge of ANN and/or CFD modeling is considered to be positive in the evaluation.

  • A PhD degree in Chemical engineering, Mechanical engineering, Applied physics, Aerospace Engineering or related field is required.
  • Knowledge and hands-on proven experience with experimental research in (high temperature) chemical conversion systems.
  • Some familiarity with ANN and/or CFD work is considered an advantage as well.
  • A critical and inquisitive attitude with regard to results is expected, which translates into formulating new research questions.
  • Ability to function both in a team and independently.
  • Good communication skills. Fluent in English, both spoken and written. Basic knowledge of Dutch and/or German language is advantageous.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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For more information about this vacancy, please contact prof.dr.ir. Wiebren de Jong, [email protected] or prof.dr.ir. Johan Padding, [email protected] .

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