TWO Post-doc positions on technology assessment of CO2- based chemicals via electrochemical conversions (0.9 FTE)

Hours per week: 
32 to 36
Faculty: 
Faculty of Geosciences
Department: 
GEO / Dept SD
Application deadline: 

Job description

CO2 emitted from waste combustion can be collected and converted into useful chemicals via electrochemical reactions. These CO2-based chemicals signify diverse value chains and opportunities. It is critical to steer the early-phase decisions towards the value chains that offer high climate benefits and therefore, to ensure sustainable and responsible innovation. Assessing the potential climate benefits, trade-offs and carbon circularity of complex CO2-based electrochemical conversion (ECC) value chains requires robust analysis from a system perspective.

In the Dutch Research Council (NWO) funded project eCO2Circle, we are looking for answers to these questions. We offer two ambitious post-doc positions in the group Energy & Resources, within the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with our industrial partners Avantium BV from the Netherlands and RWE Power AG from Germany.

The preferred candidates have a background in engineering (e.g. process simulation using ASPEN Plus) and quantitative sustainability assessment methodologies (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment and techno-economic assessment) and experience in systems thinking. The candidates have a proven ability to publish high quality scientific papers and are able to apply scientific knowledge in the context R&D decision support. The candidates are interested in interdisciplinary academic teaching programs.

Tasks
Both positions will be partly funded by the Dutch Research Council. In this position, you will:

  • conduct process design and simulation, life cycle assessment and circularity assessment of the novel CO2-based electrochemical value chains, collaborating closely with the industrial partners;
  • write high-quality research publications and contribute to Bachelor and Master courses as well as to supervise Bachelor and Master theses (0.2 fte). All our programmes are taught in English.

Qualifications

We are looking for two post-doc researchers. To be successful in this position you:

  • are an ambitious and curiosity-driven scientist;
  • hold a PhD in engineering, industrial ecology or natural sciences;
  • have expertise in process simulation (e.g. ASPEN Plus), quantitative sustainability assessment methodologies (e.g. Life Cycle Assessment, modelling) and embrace systems thinking;
  • are interested in academic teaching;
  • have open and enthusiastic attitude: particularly working in inter- and transdisciplinary settings;
  • have a proven record of international peer-reviewed publications;
  • have good communication skills;
  • have proficiency in spoken and written English.

Offer

We offer two temporary positions for 18 months. The gross salary - depending on previous qualifications and experience  - ranges between €2,836 and €4,474 (scale 10 according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment. Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). More information about working at Utrecht University can be found here.

About the organisation

A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major societal themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

Utrecht University's Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth's core to its surface, including man's spatial and material utilisation of the Earth - always with a focus on sustainability and innovation. With 3,400 students (BSc and MSc) and 720 staff, the Faculty is a strong and challenging organisation. The Faculty of Geosciences is organised in four Departments: Earth Sciences, Human Geography & Spatial Planning, Physical Geography, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development.

At the Copernicus Institute, our goal is to have a positive impact on the transition towards a sustainable future. The Copernicus Institute has had an excellent research evaluation in 2021 and the Institute takes pride in maintaining its leading position in national and international sustainability research, and by developing new, internationally oriented teaching programmes. 

Additional information

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Li Shen via email: l.shen@uu.nl.

Apply

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The application deadline is 31 January 2022.