Location: Lund (Sweden)Type: post-doctoral position, fixed-term employment

Post-doctoral position in Chemical Engineering – Reverse Electrodialysis



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Subject description

Blue Energy or Salinity Gradient Power is sustainable and environmental friendly power but so far relatively unexplored in Sweden.  Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) is an advanced membrane-based technology utilizing the salinity gradient to generate electric power. To establish this technology further improvements regarding the membrane, module/stack design and process operations are required.  

The Membrane Group at Lund University has many years of experience in membrane processes and is now looking for a new coworker focus on the RED process. The Postdoctoral position will include the development of the module/stack design using CFD and 3-D printing. Optimization operating conditions in terms of temperature, flow rate, concentration and long-term testing using Swedish water sources combined with fouling control.


Work duties 

The main duties involved in a post-doctoral position is to conduct research. Teaching may also be included, but up to no more than 20% of working hours. The position shall include the opportunity for three weeks of training in higher education teaching and learning.

Optimization of the Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) module/stack design i.e. spacer design using CFD and 3-D printing. Process optimization and long-term testing of the RED process with special focus on fouling. Teaching in the first, second and third cycles of studies Supervision of degree projects and doctoral students. Actively seeking external research funding Collaboration with industry and wider society Administration related to the work duties listed above Communication of obtained results in the form of publication of scientific articles. Participation in project meetings and contributing to status reports.


Qualification requirements 

Appointment to a post-doctoral position requires that the applicant has a PhD, or an international degree deemed equivalent to a PhD, within the subject of the position, completed no more than three years before the last date for applications. Under special circumstances, the doctoral degree can have been completed earlier.

Additional requirements:

  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English.


Assessment criteria and other qualifications

 This is a career development position primarily focused on research. The position is intended as an initial step in a career, and the assessment of the applicants will primarily be based on their research qualifications and potential as researchers. Particular emphasis will be placed on research skills within the subject.

For appointments to a post-doctoral position, the following shall form the assessment criteria:

  • A good ability to develop and conduct high quality research.
  • Teaching skills.

Additional assessment criteria:

  • Documented research experience on reverse electrodialysis (RED) and/or electrodialysis (ED)
  • Experience with CFD and 3-D printing for membrane module design.
  • Ability to formulate research ideas within the field.

Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant’s experience and skills complement and strengthen ongoing research within the department, and how they stand to contribute to its future development.

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