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The Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical engineering is looking for a scientific collaborator for the project Dioxide to Monoxide (D2M): Innovative catalysis for CO2 to CO conversion, under the Flanders industry innovation program MOONSHOT. Duration of the contract: 12 months, starting in July 2020 with occupancy rate 100%.
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
The aim of this project is to study, explore and develop various (catalytic) technologies for the production of CO as platform chemical via conversion of CO2. A technology assessment will subsequently be carried out to evaluate the potential of each technology, pinpointing promising strategies for further development and upscaling.
UGent (Laboratory for Chemical Technology; LCT) is the academic partner in D2M with multifold contribution. In the activity relevant to this vacancy, we will attempt to improve the CO2 conversion and energy efficiency in nanosecond pulsed discharge (NPD) reactors by suppressing the backward recombination of the reaction products, namely CO and oxygen, to form CO2. To that end, we will combine nanosecond pulsed plasma for CO2 splitting with another catalytic reaction, adsorption or reactive adsorption process, in order to remove CO and/or O2 from the gas phase, thereby maximizing CO2 conversion and CO yield per reactor pass. For this contribution, a postdoctoral researcher is needed with experience in plasma (catalytic) processing using the NPD technology.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
- PhD in Chemical Engineering (obtained max. 6 years ago. This term of 6 years is determined by the date written on the above-mentioned required diploma)
- Scientific expertise in plasma processing with experience in nanosecond pulsed discharge technology.
- Sufficient communication skills in English – both oral and written.
- Living in Belgium or ready to stay in Belgium during the research
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
- We offer you a contract of indefinite duration with a maximum term of 1 year
- Your contract will start on 1/07/2020 at the earliest.
- Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale PD1. Click here for more information about our salary scales.
- All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, a bicycle allowance and eco vouchers.. Click here for a complete overview of all the staffbenefits (in Dutch).
Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.
Your application must include the following documents:
- In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results; including the contact details of one person we may contact for a reference (merged into one pdf file)
- In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
- In the field ‘Diploma’: a copy of the required PhD’s degree or if not available yet a document highlighting the envisaged date of obtaining the degree. If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages. For diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
- In the field “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results and a 1-2 pages personal piece of scientific writing, demonstrating the applicant’s scientific skills.
Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.
As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.
For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Georgios Stefanidis (Georgios.Stefanidis@UGent.be). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.Continue reading
|Title||A scientific collaborator for the project Dioxide to Monoxide (D2M) (15407) - Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Published||July 1, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Chemical Engineering,   Nanotechnology,   Catalysis,   Plasma Physics,   Nanochemistry  |