Professor/Associate professor in Chemical Process Engineering

Updated: about 23 hours ago
Deadline: 31 Mar 2021

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering , Chalmers University of Technology is now recruiting a Professor or 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
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is one of the largest departments at Chalmers with research ranging from the most fundamental level to a level close to application in industry and society. The research activities reach from DNA and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in these areas.

The successful candidate will be part of the Division of Chemical Engineering , one of four research divisions at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The division includes two units:
* Chemical Reaction and Process Engineering
* Forest Products and Chemical Engineering

We have a wide range of experience in 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. There are also many other important areas for Chemical Engineering research in the future, such as recycling, process intensification, more energy efficient processes, etc. In these different processes there will be a number of different reactors and separation equipment, many of them quite different compared to the present process industry. Consequently, fundamental understanding of unit operations, such as e.g. separation (mixing, distillation, drying, filtration, etc) and mass/heat transfer is of utmost importance in order to design such equipment. This calls for innovative experimentation on the laboratory scale combined with mathematical modelling.

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.

Main responsibilities
As a Professor or 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 unit operations, such as e.g. separation (mixing, distillation, drying, filtration, etc) and mass/heat transfer. The research should be experimental, and could also be combined with modelling.

Over time, you will also contribute to Chalmers' education at all levels by supervising students, teaching and participation in improvement of courses. Furthermore, you are expected 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.

Contract terms
Full-time permanent employment.

Your qualifications
You are an independent researcher with a good overview of the Chemical Process Engineering area, where unit operations are central subjects, such as separation technology (drying, distillation, evaporation, centrifugation, etc), mixing, mass/heat transfer and up-scaling of processes. You have significant 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 extensive experience in formulating research questions and attract external funding to build your own research group.

You enjoy working in a team and have the skills 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 in Chemical Engineering. You should have completed (or be able to complete within two years of an appointment) courses in teaching and learning in higher education (15 higher education credits).

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English.

This position is advertised as an open-rank position on either the Professor level or Associate Professor level. The selected level of the position will be based on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

For a definition of the academic level for the two positions, please consult our Rules of procedure. Associate professor section 6.3 and Professor section 6.2. Your qualifications and academic level will be evaluated by the department, Chalmers Faculty Appointment Committee and external evaluators.

Our offer to you
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the dynamic 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 20200452 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV:(Please name the document as: CV, Family name, reference number) including:
• CV
• Complete list of publications, (Divided into peer reviewed/non peer reviewed journal articles,conference contributions, etc)
• Two references that we can contact

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, reference number)
3-5 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus.

Pedagogical qualifications: (Please name the document as: Pedagogical portfolio, Family name, Ref number)
• Please use the specified format for the Pedagogical Portfolio  when you compile your pedagogical qualifications.
• Certificates of courses completed in pedagogy for higher education.

• Copies of your most relevant publications in full format (maximum of ten publications). It is a good idea to attach the files as a PDF or compress them into a Zip file.
• Copies of a maximum of ten other publications that substantiate your other qualifications (for example, educational publications and popular science articles)

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 March, 2021

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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