EMS Council election (2021-2024) - Application

According to the EMS statutes, the Council has to be renewed by half every other year.

In 2020, 5 positions will be open to replace our departing members, Maria-Chiara Ferrari, Frank Lipnizki, Davide Mattia, Luboš Novák and Carla Portugal. The 5 new members will be elected for the period 2021-2024.

The timetable for the elections is as follows:

  • The EMS will accept applications from 17/07/20 to 18/09/20
  • The candidates will have to submit a 2-page CV, a short motivation letter (max 300 words), and 2 nomination letters from current EMS members
  • The candidates must be EMS members, i.e. all registration procedures are complete and effective, by 25/09/20
  • The Council will review all applications received to verify that the above requirements have been met by 25/09/20
  • Ballots will be open from 30/09/20 to 30/10/20
  • The names of the 5 new members will be announced after the results have been validated by the Council by mid November 2020.Applications should be sent to: ems@chimie.ups-tlse.fr

Membrane Separation Expert - Aramco (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

Location: Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)
Level: Chemical engineering degree (M.S., Ph.D.).
Type: Permanent

Membrane Separation Expert

Position Description:
The incumbent brings an exceptional level of knowledge in the fundamentals of mass transfer and separation technologies, including absorbers, phase separators, extraction systems, filtration, centrifuge, crystallization, adsorption and membranes. He/she is considered Aramco’s foremost expert on separation technologies and equipment. He/she is instrumental in the scale-up and deployment of separation solutions – from bench scale to industrial use. He/she anticipates future trends/developments in separation technologies and equipment, and stays abreast of new developments in his/her area of expertise. He/she enhances the technical reputation of Aramco in the domain of fundamentals of mass transfer and separations in industry and academic arenas.

Scope
Provides superior technical insight to the R&D program, guidance to the R&D project leaders and to the plant technologists in the area of mass transfer, separation technologies and related equipment performance. He/she is Aramco’s ultimate technical authority on separation technologies and connects with/brings in the world’s best separation expert when/as needed. The incumbent works alone and does not have formal line management responsibility. A significant portion of his/her time is devoted to the quality coaching and scientific guidance of R&D project leaders and senior technologists involved in separation/purification. As a member of Aramco’s R&T Advisory Council, regularly reviews the technology needs from Aramco R&D, plants and business in terms of separation solutions, and shapes the most effective corresponding sourcing strategy and deployment.

Principal Contacts
Frequent independent contact with all levels of management in R&D, technology, manufacturing and business. Build networks of excellence with outside knowledge centers, institutes, research centers, innovation councils, private organizations, etc., and internal functions/business groups like (Business, P&CSD, FPD, HSEF, procurement, etc.) to create a portfolio of options in separation technologies. A member of editorial/consultative boards of leading organizations and journals related to separation technologies and equipment. May serve as an Aramco spokesman on technical matters related to his/her expertise in mass transfer and separation technologies.

Minimum Requirements:
1. Chemical engineering degree (M.S., Ph.D.).
2. Minimum of 20 years of experience in fundamental mass transfer and separation: has a high level quality track record of scaling up separation equipment, of designing/developing innovative separation technologies, of designing and inspecting separation equipment.
3. Undisputed scientific/technical authority within Aramco, and a broad technical credibility outside Aramco: is a member of editorial/consultative committees of leading journals/associations related to separation technologies and equipment.
4. Extensive track record initiating, guiding, conducting advanced technical projects and developments with an ability to connect technology, R&D and operational excellence.
5. Having the vision, the energy, and the entrepreneurship spirit to develop new technologies and products.
6. Having the ability to anticipate, appreciate, catalyze and make the most of changes and new developments.

Duties & Responsibilities:
1. The candidate provides superior technical insight/guidance to R&D program and plant operation (complex troubleshooting, critical project elements) as Aramco’s ultimate technical authority in separations and connects with/brings in the world’s best experts when/as needed.
2. The candidate drives new high quality science and technical developments in the domain of mass transfer and separations relevant for Aramco’s R&D, technology and business needs: this includes:
• fundamentals of thermodynamics and mass transfers applied to (complex) separation (interfacial phenomena, emulsions, frothing, suspensions, colloidal physics, (electro)-coalescence), filtering, crystallization, adsorption, phase change, azeotropes, complex L/L extractions …).
• towers internals, trays and packing – specific to the service considered and operating conditions, incl. direct contact quench sections, e.g., refinery main fractionators, steam crackers; incl. strippers (sour gas/ammonia, VOC etc.).
• 2-3 phase separators, including settlers and coalescers.
• filters, centrifuge, dehydration and crystallization.
• new separation technologies/equipment and applications, incl. membranes for liquid and gas separations, DWC, Superhidic (Toyo), etc.
3. The candidate is the “mass transfer/separation” thought leader and oversees/assists the quality of learning and development interventions imparted w.r.t to the discipline (both within as well as outside). Focus on building skills for the present as well as the future.
4. The candidate builds networks of excellence – extra mural partnerships with outside knowledge centers, institutes, research centers, innovation councils, private organizations, etc., and internal functions/business groups like (Business, R&D, P&CSD, FPD, HSEF, procurement, etc.) for creating a pool of ideas and initiatives in the separation technologies and equipment area.
5. The candidate is the torch bearer, a beacon of light, in the fundamental mass transfer area for attracting young talent, and oversees the development programs/initiatives to build their technical competencies/excellence.
6. The candidate builds and maintains relationships with major separation/purification knowledge providers for technical collaboration.
7. The candidate enhances the technical reputation of Aramco in major science/technical bodies, institutes, committees/boards and conferences.
8. The candidate, as a member of the Technology Advisory Council, participates to the development of Aramco R&D and technology strategy and regularly review the alignment of Aramco R&D and Technology agenda/priorities to fulfill Aramco technology needs, position and sourcing.

Any queries can be directed to james.obrien@aramcouk.com

More information :  https://careers.jobsataramco.eu/uk/jobs/1646169?lang=en-gb

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Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering - Membrane process for storm and rainwater harvesting – Lund University, Sweden

Location: Lund (Sweden)
Level: -
Type: Doctoral studentship, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years

Project description

Membrane filtration is a separation process which is well-established for drinking water preparation and wastewater treatment. In this project membrane technology will be used for urban storm water, rainwater from residential houses, and mixed rain- and storm water from a parking garage. By using Direct Membrane Filtration with ultrafiltration membranes it is aimed to remove micro-plastics and – pollutants from the collected water and polish it for re-use. In this concept, water will pass through the membrane for re-use, while pollutants and bacteria are accumulated, and collected. The quality of the water collected will be monitored to evaluate its use for non-potable purposes. The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new coworker to extend this work into membrane processes for rain and storm water harvesting and upgrading. The PhD student position will include the integration and optimization of Direct Membrane Filtration on pilot scale in a housing area. The aim is to operate a pilot, maintain and improve its performance and analyze the water recovered by the membrane unit.

 

More information: https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:332623/?lang=en

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Post-doc Biofilm Adhesion On Modified Membranes

Location: Nantes (France)
Level: PhD
Type: 3 years contract

The PhD student will be co-directed by researchers from the Institute of Materials Jean Rouxel (IMN), in Nantes, France and the Process Engineering for Environment and Food Laboratory (GEPEA), in Saint-Nazaire (France). More information by clicking here

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Young Academics

Young Academics

European Membrane Society is aware of the difficulties that early stage researchers may face for participating in international conferences. EMS therefore launched a programme for supporting participation of early-stage researchers (Young Academics) in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accomodation and meals (when included in the conference fee) up to a maximum of 800€.

Duration: 1 year

[1] This is maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

[2] The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after the closing of the call.

[3] Travel awards to ICOM 2020 (online conference) will be converted into conference fee awards.

Eligibility:

The Conference fee awards are intended for Young Academics (between 0-8 years upon the date of PhD completion) who are EMS members and presenting authors of either oral or poster presentations. The applicants should have a valid membership at least from the deadline of each call for Conference Fee Awards till the end of the conference. This is a requisite for the transfer of the award to the winners.

European Membrane Society is aware of the difficulties that early stage researchers may face for participating in international conferences. EMS therefore launched a programme for supporting participation of early-stage researchers (Young Academics) in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accommodation and meals (when are included in the conference fee) up to a maximum of 800 €.

Eligibility:

The Conference fee awards are intended for Young academics (between 0-8 years upon the date of PhD completion) who are members of the EMS and presenting authors of either oral or poster presentations.

The applicants should have a valid membership at least from the deadline of each call for Conference Fee Awards till the end of the conference. This is a requisite for the transfer of the award to the winners.

Application:

The applications will be accepted by the EMS council upon reception of all the documents specified below within the opening call period.

Unless stated otherwise the documents to submit are:

  1. the copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication by the conference organizers
  2. proof of acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster communication
  3. CV of the candidate1 (2 pages max.)
  4. motivation letter (1 page max.)
  5. proof of young academic status including the date of PhD completion and a copy of the PhD certificate/diploma (copy of original and English translation maybe required)
  6. proof of EMS membership2

1The CV of the applicants, besides other relevant information, must include the following points:

  • date of the PhD completion
  • list of publications identifying the ones in which the applicant is the first or corresponding author
  • poster and oral communications as presenting authors in previous conferences

2As a proof of membership are only considered documents emitted by the EMS, mentioning clearly the number and expiration date of the candidate membership, such as: the letter/email sent by the EMS validating the membership or the copy of the EMS webpage of the candidate confirming the validity of the membership.

Proposals will be selected against the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and originality of the contribution
  • Applicant’s profile (CV)
  • Applicant’s motivation

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of referees with final decisions made by the EMS Council. Selected candidates will be contacted by EMS. Transfer of the funds corresponding to the grants will only be made after conference organizers confirm the registration.

Awardees agree, upon submitting the application, to write a short report (max. 1 A4 page) on the conference to be published on the EMS Membrane News and web-site. The report should be submitted up to 90 days after the end of the conference. The non-submission of the report excludes the possibility of the EMS member to apply for further EMS applications/benefits.

The poster and/or oral presentation(s) presented by awardees at the conference must include the following acknowledgment: “[NAME] acknowledges European Membrane Society for providing of travel grant” and the EMS logotype.

Comments:

  1. The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after closing of the call.
  2. This is maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.
  3. Please note that unless stated otherwise, participants who have already registered for one of the conferences listed above may still apply for an Young Academics Conference fee award, as long as they fulfil the eligibility criteria and follow all the application rules.


Travel Awards for MS/PhD students

Travel Awards for MS/PhD students

European Membrane Society is aware of the difficulties that early stage researchers may face for participating in international conferences. EMS therefore launched a programme for supporting participation of early-stage researchers (Young Academics) in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accomodation and meals (when included in the conference fee) up to a maximum of 800€.

Duration: 1 year

[1] This is maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.

[2] The EMS retains its right to solely change Application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after the closing of the call.

[3] Travel awards to ICOM 2020 (online conference) will be converted into conference fee awards.

[4] The “copy of the abstract” and the “proof of acceptance of the abstract for poster communication” are not required for applications to the EMS Summer School 2021 travel awards.

Eligibility:

The applicants should have a valid membership at least from the deadline of each call for Travel Awards till the end of the conference. This is a requisite for the transfer of the award to the winners.

Application:

The applications will be accepted by the EMS council upon reception of all the documents specified below within the opening call period.

Unless stated otherwise the documents to submit are:

  1. a copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication by the conference organizers
  2. proof of acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster communication, which must be submitted no later than 1 week after the announcement by the conference organizers.
  3. CV of the candidate (2 pages max.)
  4. motivation letter (1 page max.)
  5. proof of studentship
  6. proof of membership

The CV of the applicants, besides other relevant information, must include the following points:

  • commencement date of the PhD/MSc studies
  • list of publications identifying the ones in which the applicant is the first or corresponding author
  • poster and oral communications as presenting authors in previous conferences

As a proof of membership are only considered documents emitted by the EMS, mentioning clearly the number and expiration date of the candidate membership, such as: the letter/email sent by the EMS validating the membership or the copy of the EMS webpage of the candidate confirming the validity of the membership.

Proposals will be selected against the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality and originality of the contribution
  • Applicant’s profile (CV)
  • Applicant’s motivation

The applications will be reviewed by a panel of referees with final decisions made by the EMS Council. Selected candidates will be contacted by EMS. Transfer of the funds corresponding to the grants will only be made after Conference organizers confirm the registration.

Awardees agree, upon submitting the application, to write a short report (max. 1 A4 page) on the conference. The report should be submitted up to 90 days after the end of the conference. The non-submission of the report excludes the possibility of the EMS member to apply for further EMS applications/benefits.

The poster and/or oral presentation(s) presented by awardees at the conference must include the following acknowledgment: “[NAME] acknowledges European Membrane Society for providing of travel grant” and the EMS logotype.

Comments:

  1. The EMS retains its right to solely change application dates without prior notification if the date of notification of abstract acceptance and/or deadline for early registration fee is changed by conference organizers. All applications will be evaluated on equal basis after closing of the call.
  2. This is maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied with respect to applications evaluation procedure. EMS retains its right to solely change the number of issued awards or cancel the call without prior notification.
  3. Please note that unless stated otherwise, participants who have already registered for one of the conferences listed above may still apply for an EMS Travel award, as long as they fulfill the eligibility criteria and follow all the application rules.
  4. Please note that the documents: “Copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication” and “the proof of acceptance of the abstract” are not required to apply for the Travel Awards to the 37th EMS Summer School 2019.


Best Paper Award

Best Paper Award 2020

The Award (1000€ plus a certificate) is for the best original journal paper on Membrane Science and Engineering published during 2019 and 2018.

New deadline: May 29th 2020, 5:00 PM Paris time

Eligibility:

The Award is intended for original journal papers (review papers are not eligible). Candidates must be EMS members and the major contributors to the paper (the first and/or corresponding author). Candidates must be under 35 years at the deadline for submission.

UPDATE – Coronavirus

If you have any trouble, associated to the coronavirus emergency or other issues, in retrieving all the necessary documents for application, please let us know and we will evaluate your case singularly.

NEW Deadline:

May 29th 2020, 5:00 PM Paris time.

 

Application: 

Candidates should submit:

  • a copy of their paper
  • a proof of their Student or Young Academic* status, such as Student Card or PhD certificate
  • a cover letter detailing in less than 150 words the scientific quality, originality and impact of the publication, the personal contribution and any other detail useful for the evaluation of the work
  • a statement signed by all authors indicating that the applicant is the major contributor to the paper
  • a proof of EMS membership

Proposals will be selected against their scientific quality, originality and impact by the EMS council members.

Any conflict of interest between the contestants and the evaluators will be avoided.
The Council reserves the right to decide the number of prizes to award.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of referees with final decisions made by the EMS Council.

 

Contact: 


Call for Euromembrane 2022

The Society is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to the field of membranes and membrane processes. One of the flagships of the Society is the EUROMEMBRANE Conference.

Supported by the EMS, EUROMEMBRANE aims at bringing together European “membranologists” and colleagues from overseas in order to discuss in a vibrant and dynamic setting all aspects of research and applications of membrane and membrane processes. 2022 marks 40 years since the society was founded and the EMS wishes to celebrate the anniversary with a special edition of its flagship conference EUROMEMBRANE.

EMS therefore launches the Call for organizing a special Anniversary EUROMEMBRANE 2022 in the month of September 2022.

All the guidelines to apply can be found here.


Call for EMS Summer School 2020

European Membrane Society Summer School 2020: Call for proposals is open! 

The Society is keen on supporting scientific or technical events related to the field of membranes and membrane processes, and in particular with focus on events involving young and early-stage researchers. Therefore, the EMS has opened the Call for Proposals for the 37th EMS Summer School to be held in 2020. EMS will support the Summer School with poster awards and student registration grants. 

All the guidelines to apply can be found here