Associate professor in Chemical Process Engineering

Updated: about 24 hours ago
Deadline: 04 Jul 2023

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  is now recruiting an Associate Professor in Chemical Process Engineering. This position offers the successful candidate close engagement in research, education and innovation in Chemical Process Engineering.

You will join an open and collaborative working environment focused on developing methods and solutions that enable a sustainable and competitive industry in areas where Chemical Engineering are present. You will also be encouraged to explore your own research trajectory in relation to current societal challenges within the Chemical Process Engineering area.

Information about the department and the division
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is one of the largest departments at Chalmers. We represent a broad field of fundamental and applied research and education within chemistry and chemical engineering. Our research activities reach from fundamental chemistry, chemistry at the interface of biology and medicine, materials science, renewable energy, to chemical engineering processing, material recycling, nuclear chemistry, as well as theory and modelling. We are committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level.

Academic freedom, interdisciplinary research, entrepreneurship and making societal impact, are key factors in our work. We strive to offer an environment where you can combine world leading research and teaching with a good work-life balance.

You will be part of the Division of Chemical Engineering , one of four research divisions at the department. The division includes two units: Chemical Reaction and Process Engineering, and Forest Products and Chemical Engineering. We have a wide range of experience in the Chemical Engineering area and work both experimentally and with modelling. We have a long tradition of studying both fundamental scientific questions and applied problems together with industry. We collaborate with for example the forest, refinery, pharmaceuticals, food science, chemistry and automotive industries and their equipment manufacturers. We also participate in many international networks with both companies and universities.

The position's field of research
There are many important future challenges in society that require chemical engineering competence. This calls for strong research as well as teaching in this subject. One crucial area is the transition to a bio-economy: to make this happen it will be necessary to develop and design novel processes for the manufacturing of chemicals, materials and fuels from renewable sources. Another critical area for the future is energy storage, where large knowledge is needed in chemical engineering for example in battery development. There are also many other important areas for Chemical Engineering research in the future, such as recycling, process intensification, more energy efficient processes, etc. To develop these chemical engineering processes fundamental understanding of chemical engineering operations, such as e.g. separation (mixing, distillation, drying, filtration, etc), mass/heat/energy transfer and/or energy storage, is of outmost importance. This calls for innovative experimentation on the laboratory scale.

We aim to further strengthen Chalmers' position and visibility within the Chemical Process Engineering area, as well as to continue to forge new alliances and open up new collaborations to address current and forthcoming applications of relevance to society and industry. In this process, there is also a need to maintain a proper balance between fundamental and applied research within the area. Such a continued strategic development of Chemical Process Engineering research at Chalmers has the potential to significantly contribute to the realisation our overall vision for a sustainable future.

Major responsibilities
As an Associate professor in Chemical Process Engineering, you will attract and lead externally funded research projects related to the Chemical Process Engineering area. One of your major responsibilities will be to lead a research group in Chemical Process Engineering, focusing on experiments in the area of chemical engineering operations, such as e.g. separation (mixing, distillation, drying, filtration, etc), mass/heat/energy transfer and/or energy storage.

Over time, you will also contribute to Chalmers' education at all levels by supervising students, teaching and participation in improvement of courses. Furthermore, we would like you to develop an industrial network to utilize the results of your research activities and to enable the identification of coming industrial trends and challenges within the Chemical Process Engineering area. You will be expected to take part in leadership and administration within the department and/or the university. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large.

You are an independent researcher with a good overview of the Chemical Process Engineering area, where chemical engineering operations are central subjects such as e.g. separation (mixing, distillation, drying, filtration, etc), mass/heat/energy transfer and/or energy storage. You have experience in supervising PhD students and post-docs. Your scientific output is well documented and your ability and will to collaborate outside of academia, such as with industry, are strong and sincere. It is a requirement that you have experience in formulating research questions and that you have attracted external funding as a principal investigator to build your own research group with PhD students/post-docs.

You enjoy working in a team and have the skill to lead and develop people. You also have the ability to network and connect with different stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. Teaching in Chemical Engineering courses at different levels is part of the position, and you must therefore be accustomed to teaching and be a skilled educator.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on the undergraduate level after four years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

For a full description of the requirements for an associate professor position at Chalmers, please consult our Appointment Regulations, chapter 6.3. 

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 Ref 20220398 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. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

Please follow the instructions for compiling an application for a research and teaching position at Chalmers .

Personal letter: (Please name the document as:Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
One page where you:
•  Introduce yourself
•  Describe your motivation for applying to this position and what attracts you about Chalmers
•  Describe how you support your colleagues and bring about a good working environment.
•  Include names and full contact information of two references that we can contact.

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• Your CV (please see the CV guidelines).
• Include a list of publications.

Research statement: (Please name the document as: Research statement, Family name, Ref. number)
Three to four pages where you:
• Describe your previous research areas and main research results
• State your future research goals and focus.

Pedagogical qualifications: (Please name the document as: Pedagogical portfolio, Family name, Ref number)
• Please compile a pedagogical portfolio to describe your pedagogical and educational qualifications using the format specified in the Pedagogical Portfolio instructions.
• Please append certificates for completed courses in pedagogical training and any other documents described in the portfolio instructions.

Other documents:
• Documents verifying awards and recognitions stated in your CV, and other documents relevant to support your application.
• Copies of a maximum of five relevant publications that cannot be accessed via your ORCID, Scopus ID or ResearcherID.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. 

Application deadline: 7th April, 2023

For questions, please contact:
Professor Louise Olsson, Head of the Division of Chemical Engineering, Chalmers
t: +46 31 772 4390

Dr Sinéad Gibney, managing partner, Perrett Laver
t: +353 1 905 3709

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. ***

Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!   

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