Postdoc development of polymeric and hybrid membranes, Vito, Mol, Belgium

Job description

As a Flemish, internationally recognized research center, VITO aims to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. Within the materials and chemistry unit (MATCH), we are particularly interested in the development of electrochemical processes and concepts to make energy carriers and chemical building blocks for the economy of the future, such as hydrogen and synthetic fuels, from renewable energy and sustainable raw materials.

To strengthen our team, aligned with VITO’s program lines on electrochemical conversion technologies, we are offering a 1 to 2 years post-doc position on the development of polymeric and hybrid membranes for electrochemical processes.

This is our plan for you:

  • Together with our team, you will support the execution and follow-up of projects on hybrid membrane development, characterization and testing.
  • You will formulate, cast and characterize new membrane materials, and assess their application together with VITO colleagues and collaborating institutes.
  • Based on the basic workplans, you will plan, execute, supervise and coordinate membrane developments, by designing experiments, execute these and then perform the analysis of the various test results. Reporting of the results is also a part of the job.

Job requirements

To be suitable for this job, we think you will need:

  • A PhD in organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, materials chemistry or in chemical oriented engineering.
  • A track record of applied knowledge on polymeric membrane casting and characterization.
  • Ideally, an applied knowledge in the areas of ceramic membrane synthesis, polymeric membrane fuel cells or electrolyzers.
  • Ideally, a good knowledge of inorganic material characterization.
  • A good understanding of ionic cross-over/diffusion/migration through the membrane, of mass transport effects and polymer synthesis and characterization techniques is a plus (but not a requirement)
  • Enthusiasm about both experimental lab work as well about processing of data and reporting
  • Team player skills
  • A strong interest in cooperation with other partners (industry, SME’s, institutes, universities)
  • A good knowledge of English, both written and spoken

The candidate should also have a strong background in the following:

  • Processing and shaping techniques such as extrusion, tape-casting, wet coating processes, physical deposition methods, additive manufacturing techniques or similar.
  • Fabrication of multilayered systems, including - but not limited to – fuel cells, membranes, etc.
  • Characterization of surfaces and interfaces.
  • Physical characterization of materials (XPS, Raman, FTIR, TGA, XRD, SEM, TEM).


  • A 1 to 2 year temporary contract, a competitive salary and a range of benefits including allowances, insurances, adjustable holiday package and flexible working hours and workplace.
  • Innovation is our core asset; therefore it goes without saying that we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date in their field of expertise.
  • The chance to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.
  • The possibility to actively contribute towards sustainable developments at local, national and global level.

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Research Associate in Membrane Based Downstream Separations (Fixed Term), Bath - United Kingdom

About the role:

We are seeking a brilliant Research Associate to work at the frontier of research in novel foods directly from grass as part of the BBSRC funded grant: Pasture to Plate. Our vision is to improve the food potential of UK pasture by using chemical processing, targeted separations, and biotechnology to convert grass into nutritious edible fractions for healthier and more affordable alternative foods, making UK agriculture more resilient and sustainable.

In this project, grasses are subjected to a range of mechanochemical-assisted extraction steps to produce a variety of products including proteins and a palm oil substitute.

In this role, you will lead the membrane-based downstream separation processes, where you will plan, implement, and coordinate the membrane tests, designing experiments and analysis, as well as the opportunity to innovate in the separation processes to target specific molecules identified for being particularly meaningful for nutrition and flavour. The role will be pivotal in developing membrane-based bio-separation processes of the system, optimising the separation of proteins, flavour molecules and other identified high-value products.

This is a full-time fixed term post available from April 2024. While this role is for an initial 18 months, we would envision a successful candidate being a part of the journey for the longer term, subject to further funding.

For further information about the project and the person specification, please see the Job Description below. For an informal discussion about the role please contact:

Please ensure you submit your application via our website:

Research Associate in Technoeconomic assessment of carbon capture and utilisation processes, Edinburgh - United Kingdom


Grade - UE07 £37,099 to £44,263 per annum (A revised salary range for this grade of £39,347 to £46,974 is planned to take effect from Spring 2024) 

School of Engineering, College of Science & Engineering - Institute/Discipline: Institute for Materials and Processors

Full time,  35 hours per week

Fixed term basis for up to 24 months


The Opportunity:

This Research Associate position will contribute to the DAM4CO2 (Double-Active Membranes for a sustainable CO2 cycle) within the Institute for Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh, which is funded by the European Innovation Council and in collaboration with colleagues at ITM-CNR (Italy), Swansea university (UK), Primalchit (Spain). UPV (Spain), INSTM (Italy) and Me-Sep (Poland). The goal of DAM4CO2 is to develop a novel membrane technology, for the simultaneous separation and conversion of CO2 to C4+ molecules, as renewable fuels. Double active membranes (DAMs) with a durable and highly selective gas separation layer and a photocatalytic layer will be developed. The project will deliver a prototype, designed using the design-build-test-learn approach, for a proof-of-concept validation that will be tested in lab-conditions. The RA will work on the technoeconomic evaluation of the novel concept.

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Postdoctoral Researcher at the School of Biotechnology (Dublin City University, Ireland) - Update

The individual will join a multidisciplinary team to contribute to a funded project focusing on developing, scaling up and validating an innovative membrane biofouling control solution. Please take a look at the full details of job from the job description document (here).


  • Duration of position: 15 months with possibility of 9 months extension
  • Salary Scale: €42,783 - €49,177

Appointment will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and in line with current Government pay policy.

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Postdoc Development of Membrane Based Separation Processes for Liquid Streams, MESCH team at VITO, Mol, Belgium

Postdoc Development of Membrane Based Separation Processes for Liquid Streams

Job description
The MESCH team at VITO develops industrially viable membrane processes for the intensification of chemical processes in industry.
Our approach allows companies to de-risk their developments by demonstration of relevant and economically viable membrane-based separation processes.

Membranes and membrane processes are of great value in the transition towards a more sustainable chemical industry, because of their broad application area, their low energy consumption, and their usefulness in continuous chemical processes at every scale. To strengthen our team of researchers and technicians (now about 25 people) we are looking for a new colleague for the execution of projects on membrane based liquid separations.

For this we opened a post-doc position for a 1+2-year contract.

This is our plan for you:

Together with our team, you will support the execution and follow-up of projects on membrane-based separation processes for the chemical industry.
Based on the basic workplans, you will plan, execute, supervise and coordinate membrane tests, by designing experiments, execute these together with our technicians and do the analysis of the various test results. Reporting of the results to customers or partners is a part of the job as well.

Job requirements
To be suitable for this job, we think you will need:
a PhD in organic chemistry or in chemical oriented engineering
ideally, an applied knowledge of membrane separation processes of liquid streams.
enthusiasm about both experimental lab work as well about processing of data and reporting
team player skills
a strong interest in cooperation with other partners (industry, SME’s, institutes, universities)
a good knowledge of English, both written and spoken

Apart from the job content we offer you:

A team of nice colleagues, experts in their fields, who will guide, support and interact with you
A front-row seat to witness the development of technical solutions for a sustainable world
Access to state-of-art equipment for membrane processes
Interesting opportunities to interact with partners in industry and academia
A competitive salary package

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Postdoc job opportunity: inverse design of membrane materials and membrane processes (experience in modelling and/or machine learning is expected), and TFC fabrication, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia

Postdoc positions in the following fields are available for a suitable candidate. The project has 3 PIs from KAUST and 1 PI from Columbia University New York, and focuses on inverse material design for polymer membranes. Only send your application if you have experience in at least one of the broad fields listed below, preferably in small organic molecules and/or polymers:

1. Chemical engineering process modelling
2. Machine learning for process, chemistry or materials development
3. Membrane separations


1. Postdoctoral fellow contract renewable up to 3 years
2. Tax-free salary up to 5k USD per month depending on experience and skills
3. Free housing on campus by the Red Sea
4. Full medical coverage for you and your family
5. Relocation allowance from your country of origin
6. Annual travel allowance to your country of origin
7. Free transportation

Find more information about the campus, the center and the research group here:
The Group:
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PhD studentship in Sustainable Manufacturing of Membranes, Bath University, UK

Title: PhD studentship in Sustainable Manufacturing of Membranes

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath is inviting applications for the following fully funded PhD project on ‘Sustainable Manufacturing of Membranes’.

Chemical separations are critical to many aspects of our daily lives, from the energy we use and the water we drink, to the medications we take. Separations consume 10-15% of the total energy used in the world, and high selectivity membranes could make these separations 10x more energy efficient. However, most membranes are still prepared using polymers derived from fossil-fuels and toxic solvents.

In this PhD project you will be pioneering the use of green solvents and biopolymers to prepare highly selective membranes for liquid separations. You will be part of a diverse research team, with extensive support in terms of materials synthesis and characterisation and membrane testing, including a brand-new membrane testing lab with a full-time technician to support students and researchers. This PhD studentship is provided by the University of Bath as part of a £9Mn EPSRC-funded SynHiSel programme grant linking leading membrane researchers across the UK at six universities (Bath, Manchester, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Imperial College London, Queen Mary University of London). You can find more information about SynHiSel at SynHiSel encourages the development of collaborative projects among partners, including financial support to visit participating universities.

Eligibility: Due to funding limitations, this position is available only to UK or Irish National and EU citizens with (Pre-)Settled status in the UK, or another form of indefinite leave.
For more details and to apply, please check the link below: