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PhD position: Re-use of industrial solvent process streams

Are you going to build a new generation of membranes for the treatment of challenging industrial wastewater? Are you result-oriented and like challenges?

We are looking for a PhD student to reinforce our team!

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Key takeaways

  • Hours 38 - 40 hr.
  • Salary indication € 2,541 - € 3,247
  • Deadline 31 Dec 2022

Project description

Many industrial processes produce large amounts of aqueous waste streams, contaminated with, e.g. solvents or other organic components. Treatment of these streams requires substantial amounts of energy and chemicals. Implementation of nanofiltration membranes can lead to significant energy savings. To develop suitable ceramic nanofiltration membranes, a new international project has started in Q2, 2022.

In this project novel, ceramic organic solvent nanofiltration membranes with small pore sizes and high throughputs, as compared to polymeric membranes, will be developed by a novel combination of sol-gel coating and atomic layer deposition (ALD).

The Inorganic Membranes (IM) group and the Integrated Devices and Systems group (IDS) of the University of Twente work close together in this project. A PhD student will work in both groups and also work together with a Postdoc in the Institute Européen des Membranes (IEM, Montpellier, France). IEM is a leading research center in the field of membrane science and related materials and processes.

Your profile

  • For this position, we are searching for a person who wants to play a key role in a result-oriented project.
  • You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher (F/M), having a MSc degree in chemical engineering or a closely related subject area.
  • We encourage strong communication skills and interest in sharing knowledge, presenting at conferences and (project) meetings, and publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Creativity, with a hands-on mentality, is valued highly. Proficiency in English is required, both spoken and written.

Our offer

  • We offer a fulltime PhD position for four years.
  • The salary will range from € 2.541 (1st year) to € 3.247 (4th year) per month, plus a holiday allowance of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8,3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating, state-of-the-art research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure. The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.
  • The research will result in a Ph.D. thesis at the end of the employment period.

Information and application

Potential applicants are encouraged to apply to Dr. Mieke Luiten-Olieman (m.w.j.luiten@utwente.nl).

Applications should include the following documents:

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About the department

The Inorganic Membrane group is part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, which offers advanced characterization and fabrication tools on nanoscale, as well as a stimulating environment with more than 250 PhD students working on various aspects of nanoscience and technology.

About the organization

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.

About the TNW Faculty

Curious about what the Faculty of Science and Technology (TNW) stands for? Check out the Science and Technology website for more information.

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

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

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

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Luiten-Olieman, M.W.J. (Mieke)

Luiten-Olieman, M.W.J. (Mieke)
Senior reseacher

Luiten-Olieman, M.W.J. (Mieke)
Senior reseacher

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