Doctoral Student in Resource Recovery - Biotechnology - University of Boras, Sweden

Location: Boras (Sweden)
Level: MSc
Type: Doctoral studentship, fixed-term employment

In recent years, the Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business has undergone significant development in the research field of Resource Recovery. The research and education environment today consists of seven professors, about 30 doctoral students, and about 30 senior teachers and researchers and postdocs. Education is conducted at both the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels and we also have our unique doctoral education programme in Resource Recovery.

We have access to modern and well-equipped teaching and research laboratories. Research in Resource Recovery takes place mainly in the areas of energy, industrial biotechnology, polymer technology, modelling and systems analysis, and civil engineering. We have a large network, both nationally and internationally, and well-developed collaborations with both industry and public actors. Within the Industrial Biotechnology research group, 20 doctoral students have defended their theses between 2014 and 2020.

This doctoral position deals with membrane reactors in order to produce different materials from waste.

The Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology is seeking a doctoral student in Resource Recovery with a focus on biotechnology.

Job description
The duties include doctoral education within the research project described above. In addition to doctoral studies, as agreed upon, departmental duties, including teaching, research, and administration, can amount to up to 20% of full time.

For employment within the project, a Master’s degree is required in e.g. resource recovery, chemical engineering, or equivalent, with a specialisation in Biotechnology. You should be able to communicate well in both written and spoken English. We are looking for someone with lab experience and knowledge when it comes to working with membrane bioreactors and anaerobic digestion processes.

We are looking for someone with good collaboration and initiative-taking qualities, an ability to work independently and in a structured way, as well as the ability to prioritise among work tasks.

The University of Borås values the qualities that even gender and age distribution as well as ethnic and cultural diversity add to our organisation.

Type of employment: The employment is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance Chapter 5
Employment: 100%
Start date: By agreement
Position location: Borås, Sweden
Reference number: PA 2020/277

Information about the position can be provided by Director of Studies Ilona Sárvári Horváth via phone at + 46 (0)33 435 46 84 or via email at Questions regarding the project and doctoral studies are referred to Professor Mohammad Taherzadeh by phone +46 (0)33-435 59 08 or by email The union representatives are Magnus Sirhed, OFR-ST and Rebecca Gmoser, Saco-S; they can be reached via the university’s switchboard at +46 (0)33-435 40 00

You can apply for the position via our website:


Write clearly in your application which position you are applying for and include the applicable reference number.  The following documents must be attached to your application:

  1. Personal letter
  2. CV
  3. BSc and MSc degree
  4. Master’s thesis
  5. Any other publications or relevant documents

After the application deadline, no additions can be made electronically.

Please submit your application at the latest by 2020-12-06.

According to the National Archives’s regulations, we must archive application documents, excluding publications, for two years after the appointment decision has been finalised.

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Doctoral student in membrane science – MCI | The Entrepreneurial School | Department of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering - Innsbruck (Austria)

Location: Innsbruck (Austria)
Level: MSc
Type: Doctoral studentship, fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years


Membrane technology represents a sustainable approach to solving a wide range of separation tasks. Contents of the planned dissertation are experimental and theoretical investigations in the research group Membrane Technology of the Department of Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering.

Alongside the classical process engineering separation methods such as distillation, absorption or extraction, membrane filtration has developed into a high-performance separation process. Its basic field of application ranges from blood purification to the recovery of valuable substances from process streams to water treatment.

The membrane properties can be changed over a wide spectrum through the manufacturing process and post-treatment steps and can be adjusted for the respective application.

The efficiency of membrane systems and other coupled processes in the field of water treatment (keywords micropollutant elimination, fourth purification stage) will be investigated and improved within the scope of the dissertation project.


Application deadline: 15th of November 2020

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Postdoc position NanoElectroMembrane Processes for the Removal of Trace Pollutants in Water Reuse - Karlsruhe (Germany)

Location: Karlsruhe (Germany)
Level: PhD in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, or equivalent
Type: 3 years contract

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

The main aim of this project is to fabricate an electrochemical membrane and extend its applications in environmental monitoring and remediation.
The research is carried out in collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Technion, in Israel.

The project is developed with the following objectives, i) design and set-up of an electrochemical membrane filtration system, ii) develop a suitable membrane with good electrochemical properties, iii) study the effectiveness of membrane for the removal of micropollutants.

This research will investigate the following research questions:
– Which kind of composite membranes are suitable in electrochemical filtration?
– How to measure the electrochemical properties of membrane?
– What are the mechanisms involved in trace pollutant removal in electrochemical membrane filtration?

Further, the postdoc will be responsible for process development, setup and control of this membrane filtration system in the laboratory working with workshops 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 BMBF funded project 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.

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 electrochemical 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 a good common sense. Excellent English language proficiency is essential, basic German language skills of advantage. Willingness to travel to Israel for project meetings as well as a valid driver’s licence is required.

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

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea I. Schäfer, Institute for Advanced Membrane Technology (IAMT), +49(0)721 608 26906,,

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 October 2020


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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:

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.

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.

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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.


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