Process Engineer Position Renewable membrane filtration system design & implementation in the African continent, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Location: Karlsruhe (Germany)

Type: postdoc position, 3-years fixed-term employment

Process Engineer Position: Renewable membrane filtration system design & implementation in the African continent.

 

Project:

The Process Engineer position seeks a ‘can do’ adventurer who will apply first class engineering skills to a major global challenge: safe water for all children. The work builds on extensive expertise of the team in Australia, Scotland and Africa (Ghana, Tanzania). Renewable energy powered membrane filtration systems will be implemented on a 4WD vehicle for field trips in Europe and Northern Africa. Collaboration with Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Ghana and other African countries will be the basis for technology implementation with extensive opportunities to travel and organize field work.

The aim of this project is to design robust decentralized water treatment systems, adapt the technology to often harsh and remote environments and ascertain successful operation and maintenance strategies. Laboratory research in the team as well as engagement of interdisciplinary stakeholders for long term capacity building and technology transfer accompanies technical developments.

The project is developed with the following objectives,

i) design and set-up of a vehicle to host different RE-membrane systems for field missions,

ii) develop a suitable operation and maintenance protocol,

iii) organize field trials in Africa to evaluate treatment needs and seek further funding for large scale implementation.

 

This research is of applied nature and requires close interaction with international collaborators, local communities, the IAMT research team, collaborators within KIT as well as students.

At process engineer level the selection and procurement of equipment, interaction with workshops, system design and installation, trouble shooting and logistics of international field work organization are key responsibilities.

 

Qualifications:

You will hold a bachelor/masters/PhD degree in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in water treatment, international development and independent travel. Experience with membrane filtration and desalination systems (of any scale) is a definite advantage, as well as being comfortable in specifying system components and sound experimental problem solving skills, water analysis experience – as well as good common sense and grounded pragmatism. Excellent English language proficiency and demonstrated cultural awareness are essential, basic German language skills of definite advantage. Willingness to travel to Africa for project meetings and fieldwork as well as a valid driver’s licence are required.

 

KIT:

KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the-art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe. This project is hosted by the new Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT).

 

Position details: TvOD E13 100% for 3 years

 

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT), +49(0)721 608 26906, Andrea.Iris.Schaefer@kit.edu, https://www.iamt.kit.edu

 

Applications:

Please send applications with cover letter addressing position requirements, CV, publication list and your contribution to the publication (if relevant), academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a preliminary research proposal to the above contact(s).

Closing date: 31 March 2021

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Postdoc position: Photocatalytic membranes, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Location: Karlsruhe (Germany)

Type: postdoc position, 3-years fixed-term employment

Postdoc position:  Photocatalytic Membrane Processes for the Removal of Trace Pollutants in Water Reuse.

 

Project:

This Postdoc position builds on ongoing research projects in the area of Photocatalytic Membrane processes for the removal of trace pollutants during water reuse.

The main aim of this project is to fabricate photocatalytic membranes (both polymeric and ceramic in nature) and extend its applications in environmental monitoring and remediation.

The research is carried out on several projects including collaboration with

i) the University of Namibia,

ii) the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and

iii) several industry partners.

 

The project is developed with the following objectives,

i) design and set-up of an photocatalytic membrane filtration system,

ii) develop a suitable membrane with good photocatalytic properties and long term stability,

iii) study the effectiveness of this membrane for the removal of micropollutants where firstly steroid hormones are investigated while new groups of contaminants will be explored.

 

This research will investigate the following research questions;

  • Which kind of photocatalyticmembranes and processconfigurations are suitable in waterreuse application?
  • How to determine the chemicalstability of the photocatalyticmembrane?
  • What are the mechanisms involvedin trace pollutant removal inphotocatalytic membrane filtration?

Further, the postdoc will be responsible for process development, setup and control of this membrane filtration system in the laboratory as well as in depth material characterization working with workshops, industry partners, collaborating institutes and suppliers.

At postdoctoral level the preparation of research proposals and publications, participation in team responsibilities and activities as well as the supervision of students is a key requirement. Management of the funded projects involves the preparation of reports, budget controls and organization of project meetings. Throughout the project, there will be additional opportunities for cooperation with internal and external partners, team events, as well as contributing to (a minimal amount of) teaching.

Qualifications:

You will hold a PhD in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. You are a naturally curious person who is eager to learn more and has a strong interest in research. Experience with membrane filtration and photocatalytic systems (of any scale) is a definite advantage, as well as being comfortable in specifying system components and sound experimental problem solving skills, water analysis and micropollutant experience – as well as good common sense. Excellent English language proficiency is essential, basic German language skills of advantage. Willingness to travel to Namibia and Taiwan for project meetings as well as a valid driver’s licence is required.

KIT:

KIT is one of the biggest research institutions worldwide and has access to state-of-the-art research facilities resulting from the merger of the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association and the former Technical University of Karlsruhe. This project is hosted by the new Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT).

 

Position details: TvOD E13 100% for 3 years

 

Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT), +49(0)721 608 26906, Andrea.Iris.Schaefer@kit.edu, https://www.iamt.kit.edu

Applications:

Please send applications with cover letter addressing position requirements, CV, publication list and your contribution to the publication (if relevant), academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a preliminary research proposal to the above contact(s).

Closing date: 31 March 2021

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EMS Logo contest Results

 

 

The results for the Logo selection are:

Eligible Voters: 470
Participating Voters: 127

Votes by Candidate:
Logo 2 (elected): 47 votes
Logo 1 : 45 votes
Logo 3: 35 votes

The EMS Council is thus glad to announce the winner, logo n°2, and congratulate the author, Stepan Bazhenov, PhD from TIPS RAS in Moscow, Russia.

The EMS council also would like to thank all the contestants for their dedication and passion and great ideas shared  with the Society!

Now it is time for the members to decide whether to keep the old logo or replace it with the new one, as agreed during the General Assembly and Council meeting.
This second round of vote will be announced soon by the EMS president.

 

 


EMS WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT, March 3rd 2021

Wednesday March 3rd 4:00 PM (CET)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBzUqWLIW-VXIDGLgI8QpiA

Title: Preparation of Anion Exchange Membranes using recycled membranes as support for water treatment: towards the circular economy approach

Presenter: Amaia Lejarazu-Larrañaga

Affiliation: Membrane Technology research group at IMDEA Water institute (Madrid, Spain)

Abstract: In this webinar, a new methodology for the preparation of Ion Exchange Membranes, using discarded Reverse Osmosis membranes as mechanical support will be presented. These novel membranes have been prepared by casting a polymeric mixture on the pretreated surface of the discarded Reverse Osmosis membrane. The resulting membranes have been tested in desalination by electrodialysis, selective electro-separation, Donnan Dialysis and Ion Exchange Membrane Bioreactor processes. This research could open an alternative within the recycling of discarded Reverse Osmosis membranes, avoiding landfilling and moving membrane technology into a circular economy.

Speaker Short biography: Amaia Lejarazu-Larrañaga is a PhD candidate working in Membrane Technology research group at IMDEA Water institute (Madrid, Spain). Her main research activities are focused on membrane recycling, preparation of ion exchange membranes, membrane characterization and evaluation of membrane performance, selective separation, Electrodialysis, Donnan Dialysis and Ion Exchange Membrane Bioreactor processes.

 

 


Greetings to all EMS members from the new EMS council

With the on-line meeting held on Monday, 8th February 2021, the new EMS council for the next 2 years started to work on scheduled tasks from the old council and the development of new ideas. More to come in the next months!

In the meantime, the new EMS Council want to give greeting all EMS members, and to gratefully acknowledge the great work of the departing members (Carla Portugal, Davide Mattia, Frank Lipnizki, Luboš Novák, Maria-Chiara Ferrari).

The actual EMS Council is so formed:

EMS President - Anthony Szymczyk

EMS Vice President(s) - Maria Grazia De Angelis, Alexey Volkov

EMS Council Secretary - Elena Tocci

EMS Treasurer - Maria Grazia De Angelis

EMS Council Members - Alexey Volkov, Anthony Szymczyk, Carla Brazinha, Elena Tocci, Eric Favre, Ilya Vorotyntsev, Karel Friess, Marco Stoller, Maria Grazia De Angelis

 


EMS WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT, Feb 3rd 2021

Wednesday February 3rd 4:00 PM (CET)
Title: Sustainable Membrane Production through Polyelectrolyte Complexation Induced Aqueous Phase Separation
Presenter: Muhammad Irshad Baig
Affiliation: Membrane Surface Science, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Abstract
Nonsolvent induced phase separation (NIPS) is the most common approach to produce polymeric membranes. Unfortunately, NIPS relies heavily on aprotic organic solvents like N‐
methyl‐pyrrolidone to produce the membranes. These solvents are unsustainable, repro‐toxic for humans and have therefore been restricted within the European Union [1]. A new and sustainable method, aqueous phase separation (APS), is presented that eliminates the use of organic solvents. Polymeric membranes can be prepared entirely in water using this new APS method. A homogeneous solution of two polyelectrolytes, the strong polyanion poly(sodium 4‐styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and the weak polycation poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH), is prepared at high pH, where PAH is uncharged. Immersing a film of this solution in a low pH bath charges the PAH and results in the formation of a porous, water-insoluble polyelectrolyte complex. The rate of precipitation can be controlled by a number of parameters for instance, polyelectrolyte solution concentration and pH of the bath. The pore sizes can be tuned from micrometers to just a few nanometers, and even to dense films, simply by tuning the
polyelectrolyte concentrations, molecular weights, and the salinity of the bath. This leads to excellent examples of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, and nanofiltration type membranes.
Similarly, using different types of polyelectrolytes it is possible to produce polymeric membranes in mild pH conditions. A mixture of PSS and Polyethyleneimine (PEI) can be cast at pH 4 to obtain dense nanofiltration type membranes with molecular weight cut-off ~200 g·mol–1. Polyelectrolyte complexation induced APS is indeed a viable and sustainable approach to membrane production that provides excellent control over membrane properties and even allows new types of separations.

In memoriam Prof. C.A. (Kees) Smolders

 

The EMS mourns the loss of Professor Kees Smolders, Honorary Member of our Society since 1991, who passed away on 4 January 2021 at the age of 90.

 

Kees Smolders was a true pioneer in the field of Membrane Technology. He worked as a full professor between 1969 and 1991 at the THT (‘Technische Hogeschool Twente’), renamed to UT (University of Twente) in 1986. While he started out as a professor in Colloid and Interface Chemistry, he was one of the first in the Netherlands to focus on a new field: the field of membranes. He was unique in his persuasiveness, making many others, scientists and businesses alike, enthusiastic for a field of science that was very new at the time. He quickly became a leading scientist in this field, especially through his work on understanding phase inversion that still has a high number of citations to this day. Kees Smolders was one of the first professors to co-operate with companies actively: he was, for example, actively involved in the start-up of X-Flow in the eighties, helping the UT to establish itself as the entrepreneurial university that it is today. Kees Smolders supervised nearly 40 PhD students. The research that he started more than 50 years ago is still actively continued at the UT within the current Membrane Science and Technology (MST) cluster.

After his retirement, he picked up painting, using acrylates, and later he also took up bronze sculpting. In 2016, Kees Smolders donated one of his works of art, appropriately named “The Science Ladder”, to the UT, which is still proudly exhibited in one of the University buildings. The sculpture shows a small man climbing up a double DNA helix. Kees Smolders described it in his own words: “It shows how you can grow in science. Scientists always want to climb to the top, to build up the best reputation.”

Professor Kees Smolders will be remembered a visionary scientist and one of the initiators of membrane research in Europe. The EMS whishes his family, friends and the Membrane Science and Technology cluster at the University of Twente all strength to deal with this loss.


PhD position, Development of nanofiltration membranes for selective ion recovery, Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)

Location: Eindhoven (Netherlands)

Type: PhD position, fixed-term employment

Within our group Membrane Materials and Processes at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) we have a vacancy for a PhD position on the development of nanofiltration membranes for selective ion recovery. We are especially looking for candidates with a solid background in chemistry/chemical engineering combined with a proven hands-on mentality.

More information about this position can be found at:
https://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancy/phd-on-development-of-nanofiltration-membranes-for-selective-ion-recovery-868748.html

 

Contact: Prof. dr. ir. Kitty Nijmeijer

Chair Membrane Materials & Processes
Vice-dean of the department of
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Eindhoven University of Technology
d.c.nijmeijer@tue.nl | www.tue.nl/mmp

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Postdoc in Dairy Process Technology, University of Copenhagen, Danemark

Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)

Type: post-doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Job description: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/?show=153204

 

The Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a 2 years Post-Doc position in the area of “Dairy Process Technology” from March 1st 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The application deadline is 30th January 2021.

We seek a candidate to perform excellent research within membrane filtration. The successful candidate has an innovative mindset and an international research record with a relevant background. The candidate is expected to develop a strong collaboration with the dairy industry and equipment suppliers. The postdoc’s duties will include research within the above field as well as teaching and supervision of PhD and MSc students

The position is associated to the “Platform for Novel Gentle Processing and Shelf-life Intelligence” that is a dynamic industrial multidisciplinary environment supported by Danish Dairy Industry.

The Postdoc will be a part of the Section for Ingredients and Dairy Technology, which conducts basic and applied inter-disciplinary research in close collaboration with industry. The section currently consist of 5 full professors, 8 associate professors, 11 assistant professors and post docs, and more than 15 PhD candidates as well as highly skilled laboratory technicians. The section has at its disposal various pilot plant facilities and advanced analytical infrastructure.

The Department’s research areas share the mission to contribute with new solutions for society and industry to support sustainable food production, food security and safety as well as production of high quality food promoting human health and wellbeing. The Department of Food Science is recognized for excellence in food research, education, and industrial collaboration. The Department is an international workplace with English as primary working language.

 

Qualifications are expected within the following areas:

  • PhD degree in Food Engineering or related fields
  • Expertise in membrane technology
  • Expertise in dairy processing is an advantage
  • Interest and experience in supervising MSc and BSc is and

Moreover, good interpersonal and communicative skills required for team work across disciplines and with industry partners are necessary, ability to work independently and deliver on project activities within deadlines.

 

Further information on the Department is linked at https://food.ku.dk/english

 

Inquiries about the position can be made to Professor Lilia Ahrné:  lilia@food.ku.dk

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

 

Terms of employment

The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.

Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below.

 

Please include

  • Cover letter describing your motivation for the position
  • Curriculum vita
  • Diplomas (Master and PhD degree or equivalent)
  • Complete publication list
  • Separate reprints of 2 particularly relevant papers

The deadline for applications is 30th January 2021.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Interview Committee.

You can read about the recruitment process at https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

APPLY NOW

 

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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.