Post-doctoral researcher Electrically Driven Non-Thermal Dewatering (1.0 FTE)

Department

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Organisation

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative center of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Balanced study and career paths in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 36,000 students and researchers to develop their own individual talents. Belonging to the best research universities in Europe and joining forces with prestigious partner universities and networks, we are truly an international place of knowledge.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering harbours a kaleidoscope of disciplines and research strengths. Our programmes in research and education range from nanomaterials and biomachinery to astronomy, from mathematics to pharmacy, from neurosciences to computer science, and from molecular and evolutionary biology to marine biology.

The Engineering and Technology institute Groningen (ENTEG) is the engineering science and technology institute of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. ENTEG research is highly multidisciplinary in nature and focuses on fundamental and applied research on the development of new and innovative processes and products for a wide range of product sectors. Process driven research activities are performed in the field of chemical and biochemical systems, mechanical and electric systems and system networks. Typical product sectors include biobased products, tailored, complex materials such as advanced polymers or polymeric formulations, catalysts, mechatronic devices and software and algorithms. Design, control and modelling and analyses complement the activities.

Job description

In the Chemical Engineering group of ENTEG at the University of Groningen, we are looking for a talented and motivated postodoctoral researcher on electrochemical dewatering processes, such as electrodialysis and electro-osmosis. This position is part of the ELECTRIFIED project (https://www.nwo.nl/en/news/eight-projects-awarded-within-kic-call-key-technologies), which is a consortium between University of Groningen, the 4 TUs of the Netherlands and several other industrial partners in the field. The aim is the use of electric driving forces to extract water from biomaterials, mostly in liquid form in order to circumvent any use of heat. This will be done by combining molecularly designed electroresponsive hydrogels, well-controlled electro-osmosis and electrohydrodynamic drying. In this context, the postdoc will work in close collaboration with different partners, focusing on electrocatalysis and electrochemical engineering towards securing efficient and stable operation of such systems, as well as understand possible electrode degradation phenomena.

Responsibilities and tasks:

• synthesis and characterization electrode materials for electrodualysis and electro-osmosis
• fabrication of relevant electrochemical cells with targeted characteristics
• validation and stability of the developed cells
• preparation of scientific articles and conference communications
• participation in acquiring additional funds for this research line
• contribution to the scientific and collaborative research environment in Chemical Engineering group and the ENTEG institute.

Requirements

We are looking for a motivated and skilled researcher with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry or related disciplines. Background in electrocatalysis, electrochemical characterization techniques (e.g., impedance spectroscopy) and chemical synthesis should be proven. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are mandatory.

Conditions of employment

Contract length: 24 months.

We offer you, following the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

• a salary based on the experience of the candidate up to a maximum of € 4,670 (salary scale 10) gross per month for a full-time working week
• a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
• a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for 2 years.

Candidates are expected to start on 1 February 2023

Job Application

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

• motivation letter
• curriculum vitae
• transcripts of your MSc and PhD degree
• other relevant documents (e.g., list of five relevant publications, list of three references, awards etc.).

If you are interested in this position, please submit your application until 4 December 11:59pm / before 5 December 2022 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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Additional information

For additional information, please contact:

Dr Vassilis Kyriakou
v.kyriakou@rug.nl

In your application, please always include the job opening ID 222761

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