Postdoctoral Position in Renewable Fuel Production using Catalysis

Chalmers University of Technology



Chemistry and Chemical Engineering is the largest department 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-research and biomaterials to high temperature corrosion, catalysis and recycling. The Department is also heavily committed to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, as well as postgraduate level in these areas. 

Health, natural resources, sustainable energy and materials are some of our lead words and our vision is “Through curiosity and knowledge towards a sustainable world”. 

We have approximately 300 employees, divided into four research and one administrative division. We are situated at campus Johanneberg in the middle of Gothenburg.

Information About the Division

This position will be located at the Chemical Engineering division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering department. The Division of Chemical Engineering includes two units: Chemical Reaction and Process Engineering; Forest Products and Chemical Engineering. We have a wide range of experience and work both experimentally and with modeling. We have a long tradition of working with both fundamental scientific questions and applied problems together with industry. This position is within the unit for Chemical Reaction and Process Engineering. In addition, the position is within the Competence Centre for Catalysis (KCK). KCK, is a research centre focused on heterogeneous catalysis at Chalmers. The goal of the centre is the development of catalytic technology for sustainable transport, energy and environmental systems. The centre is integrated with the research and teaching activities at the departments of Applied Physics, and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers. Chemical Engineering and KCK at Chalmers strive to provide an excellent environment for carrying out catalysis research with opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with researchers in related projects or with industry partners.

The topic for this position is to produce alternative fuels using heterogeneous catalysis. One part of the position will focus on using lignin as a source for producing fuels by combining depolymerisation and hydrodeoxygenation. The other part of the position will focus on producing fuels using CO2 and H2 as feed-stocks. H2 will in the future probably be available in large quantities, e.g. through water splitting with renewable electricity, and CO2 can be captured from combustion processes.   

Major Responsibilities
The research will involve the use of a combination of different experimental techniques regarding catalyst synthesis, characterization and activity evaluation. Experimental activity measurements will be carried out in laboratory scale using high pressure reactors. Catalyst characterization techniques may include for example XRD, BET, TEM and XPS. In summary, the positions will involve planning, design and analysis of an experimental program that can generate the knowledge building required to enable efficient large-scale production of renewable fuels.

Position Summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

PhD in heterogeneous catalysis. Experience in high pressure hydrogenation experiments, as well as analysing complex liquid organic mixtures would be considered as strong merits.        

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Application Procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20190321 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, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal Letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other Documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

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

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019. Interviews will be made continously during application period.

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Louise Olsson, Chemical Engineering,, +46 31-7724390
Prof. Derek Creaser, Chemical Engineering,,+46 31-7723023

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