Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Institutionen för kemiteknik

Location: Lund (Sweden)

Type: doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Doctoral student in Chemical Engineering – Integration and optimisation of emerging membrane processes for seawater desalination

 

Job description: https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:402031/?lang=en

 

Subject description

Membrane filtration is a separation process which is well-established for the desalination of seawater with reverse osmosis. In this project the emerging membrane processes forward osmosis and membrane distillation are coupled to desalinated seawater using low grade wasted heat from a concentrated solar power system. The focus of this work will be to optimized the interplay between forward osmosis and membrane distillation considering different membranes, draw solutions and process parameters. The results for the optimization will be used for scale-up and modelling of the process as well as the design, installation and operation of a demonstration unit in the Middle East.The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new co-worker to extend this work into the emerging membrane processes – forward osmosis and membrane distillation. The PhD student position will include the integration and optimization of the two membrane processes on pilot scale as well as the development and operation a demonstration unit in the Middle East.

 

Work duties

The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).The research contains the following subtasks:

  • Review of available scientific literature on the research topic and presentation in a report/article.
  • Integration and optimization of forward osmosis and membrane distillation on pilot scale for seawater desalination using low grade heat.
  • Scale-up, installation and operation of a demonstration unit.
  • Communication of obtained results in the form of publication of scientific articles.
  • Participation in project meetings and contributing to status reports.

 

More information: https://lu.varbi.com/what:job/jobID:402031/?lang=en

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Research Assistant/Associate in Chemical Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle (UK)

Location: Newcastle (UK)

Type: postdoc position,  full-time, fixed-term basis for 12-months with the possibility of extension beyond this date

Company description:
We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Job description:

The Role
We are seeking you to join our team as a researcher as part of the UK’s prominent Chemical Engineering groups headed by Professor Ian Metcalfe, FREng. Based in the School of Engineering, our group are experts in supported molten-salt membranes for gas separation, as well as advanced catalysis preparation methodologies, e.g. exsolution.
You will work in the areas of heterogenous catalysis and gas separation membranes, applied to CO2 capture and conversion. 
In this project, supported by the EPSRC UK Catalysis Hub, you will work with Dr Evangelos I. Papaioannou (Lecturer) and Dr Greg A. Mutch (RAEng Research Fellow) to develop metal/metal oxide catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation and new supported molten-salt membranes.
Your role will include catalyst synthesis, membrane preparation, characterisation and kinetic measurements, gas analysis and dissemination of results. A key deliverable of the project is to prepare novel membranes and catalysts for XAFS interrogation at Diamond Light Source with project partners. 
To fulfil all the deliverables of the project you will work closely with team members as well as external stakeholders (University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, and Diamond Light Source).
You should therefore be enthusiastic in the discipline, committed, and motivated with an aptitude for independent working as well as working as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team.We particularly welcome applications from a range of groups that are currently underrepresented in chemical engineering such as members of the LGBTQ+ and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

For more information about the School of Engineering, please click here.This position is available immediately on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 12-months with the possibility of extension beyond this date. We will consider applications to work flexibly wherever possible.

For any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Evangelos Papaioannou via email: evangelos.papaioannou@newcastle.ac.uk or Dr Greg A.Mutch greg.mutch@newcastle.ac.uk

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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. Therefore, EMS launched a programme for supporting the 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 included in the conference fee).

Duration: 1 year

List of conferences eligible for EMS conference fee awards:

 

NameNo. of awards [1]Deadline for applications [2]
African Membrane Society 3rd International Congress – AMSIC-3
(2021-11-02 – 2021-11-05)
1 award2021-10-01
Nanofiltration 2020
(?)
PostponedPostponed
The Second International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Membrane Science for Water, Energy and Environment - 2nd SNMS 2021 (2021-10-05 – 2021-10-06)1 awardPostponed
Euromembrane 2021 - (2021-11-28 – 2021-12-02) 10 awards1 week after the notification of oral and poster presentations

[1] This is the maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied concerning the 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 notice 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 an equal basis after the closing of the call.

 

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.

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:

  • the copy of the abstract accepted for oral or poster communication by the conference organizers
  • proof of acceptance of the abstract for oral or poster communication
  • CV of the candidate (1) (2 pages max.)
  • motivation letter (1 page max.)
  • 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)
  • proof of EMS membership (2)

(1) The 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

(2) As a proof of membership is 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:

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.

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.

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 Master and PhD students may face for participating in international conferences. Therefore, EMS launched a programme for supporting the participation of Master and PhD students in international membrane conferences. Support will be provided to cover the conference fee excluding accommodation and meals (when included in the conference fee).

Duration: 1 year

List of conferences eligible for EMS conference fee awards:

 

NameNo. of awards [1]Deadline for applications [2]
African Membrane Society 3rd International Congress – AMSIC
(2021-11-02 – 2021-11-05)
3 awards01/10/2021
The Second International Symposium on Nanomaterials and Membrane Science for Water, Energy and Environment - 2nd SNMS 2020
(2021-10-05 – 2021-10-06)
1 awardPostponed
Euromembrane 2021 - (2021-11-28 – 2021-12-02) 10 awards1 week after the notification of oral and poster presentations
Nanofiltration 2020
Postponed
PostponedPostponed

[1] This is a maximum number of awards that can be issued by EMS. The actual number of awards might be varied concerning 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.

 

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:

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

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.

This is a 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.

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 fulfil the eligibility criteria and follow all the application rules.


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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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: