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PhD student on Process Development of Chemical Recycling of Aromatic Polyamides

PhD position in the fast evolving area of chemical plastic recycling

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Key takeaways

  • Hours
    38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication
    Salary gross/monthly
    based on full-time
    € 2,770 - € 3,539
  • Deadline
    29 Feb 2024

We have a PhD position available in the fast evolving area of chemical plastic recycling. The PhD position is part of the Amazing project with four industrial partners, the research organization ISPT, and the University of Twente (Aramazing: sustainable aramids (ispt.eu)). The aim of this project is to build a pilot plant for the chemical recycling of aromatic polyamide (aramid) fibres.

The goal of the PhD project is to develop and optimize the reaction step by using hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) for the cleavage of polyamides into their monomeric building blocks and to design the downstream system by determining the thermodynamic data of the downstream unit operations such as distillation, extraction, and crystallisation. The tasks include:

Your profile

  • You have a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a solid background in reaction engineering, chemical processes, and separation technologies
  • You have a high degree of responsibility and independence, while being able to collaborate with colleagues, researchers, and other staff members
  • You have experience with experimental laboratory systems
  • You have experience with modelling and simulation of (chemical) processes, ideally with the tools Aspen Plus, Aspen Custom Modeler, or equivalent
  • You are fluent in English
  • You have good communication skills and can collaborate with external partners in regular meetings and work visits

Our offer

  • You will be appointed on a fulltime position for 4 years.
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • The gross monthly PhD salary is € 2,770.- in the first year and increases to € 3,539.- in the fourth year.
  • The offer further includes excellent benefits such as a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, a minimum of 29-day holidays, and numerous professional and personal development programs.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Information and application

Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. Please apply via the provided button below.

For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact prof. Meik Franke (m.b.franke@utwente.nl)

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About the department

The Sustainable Process Technology (SPT) group is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente. We conduct experimental and theoretical research in the areas of biomass conversion, affinity separations, plastic recycling, water, and CO2 capture and conversion. We combine our expertise in different disciplines (process design, chemistry, catalysis, modelling, engineering) to contribute to the development of sustainable chemical processes.

About the organisation

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

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Franke, M.B. (Meik)

Franke, M.B. (Meik)
Full Professor

Franke, M.B. (Meik)
Full Professor

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Meik for all substantive questions about this position and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.

How to apply

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Apply.
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Step 2

Selection.
The selection committee will review your application and you will receive a response within 2 weeks after the vacancy has been closed.

Step 3

1st interview.
The 1st (online or in person) meeting serves as an introduction where we introduce ourselves to you and you to us. You may be asked to give a short presentation. This will be further explained in the invitation.

Step 4

2nd interview.
In the second interview, we will further discuss the job content, your skills and your talents.

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The offer.
If the conversations are positive, you will be made a suitable offer.

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