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Postdoc in thermo-chemical recycling of plastic waste


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The Chalmers University of Technology invites applications for a postdoctoral position tasks can involve a combination of modeling work, experimental trials, data analysis and development of analytical tools at the division of Energy Technology, Sweden – Dec 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: Subject to norms

Division of Energy Technology
Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmersplatsen, Gothenburg, Sweden

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Qualification Details

You need to have a Phd in a relevant field, thermo-chemical conversion, plasma chemistry, chemical reaction modeling.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers). You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

Experience with CHEMKIN or similar chemical kinetics simulation tools, experience in alkali chemistry and analytics or experience with discharge or microwave plasma are considered a merit.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Our group at the division of Energy Technology together with our partners in industry work towards laying the foundation of the next generation of chemical recycling for mixed plastic waste. If you're a team player, interested in widening your scope on chemical plastic recycling, enjoying combining theory with pilot scale experiments and are curious about the details to make it work we can offer you a postdoc position in our lab.

Project description

The project is part of a larger collaboration with the chemical industry in western Sweden and addresses their need for deeper knowledge on the thermo-chemical conversion of plastic waste and side streams of petrochemical production. The division of Energy Technology has its own pilot scale facility for pyrolysis and gasification trials and advanced analytics for product characterization which is the backbone of our research. Complementary experimental lab facilities are available to investigate specific aspects isolated.Your project will in particular deal with investigation the reaction pathways during thermo-chemical conversion of plastic waste and its derivates with a particular interest in the role of alkali in the mixture. The reactions are thermally induced and occur through bond breakage and free radical mechanisms. Ideally, such reactions should be initiated by swift heating and a controlled quenching, hence, we consider allothermal fluid beds and thermal plasma as heat sources in this project.The position will include tight interaction with scientific and industrial partners both nationally as well as internationally.Find out more on our recycling approach on

Major responsibilities

You will carry out your work as part of a well-established research group, with an experienced leadership-team. Your main responsibilities will be to drive your own research as part of our joint ambition and represent the group in international research collaboration. Your tasks can involve a combination of modeling work, experimental trials, data analysis and development of analytical tools. Part of your experimental work will be linked to the pilot facility.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 20220617

Application Procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20220617 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:

  •  CV, include complete list of publications
  •  Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
  • Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)1-3 pages where you:

  •  Introduce yourself
  •  Describe your previous research fields and main research results
  •  Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:

  •  Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

About the Employer: Chalmers University of Technology (CUT), Sweden

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Contract terms

This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years.

We offer

Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg. Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

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Contact details

Martin Seemann, energy technologyE-mail: [email protected]: 031772 1480

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Published on: | Last Updated: Nov 24, 2022 | at nViews Career by nViews Career Team