PhD position: Development of co-feeding technology for biofuels in existing oil refineries (1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen
March 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:€ 2,541
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PhD position: Development of co-feeding technology for biofuels in existing

oil refineries (1.0 FTE) (V23.0126)

Job description

Recently a European Union project (REFOLUTION) has started and within this project we have a vacancy for a PhD student. The EU project aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative process to convert biomass derived pyrolysis oils into advanced biofuels combining different co-processing technologies. For instance, it will apply Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) co-processing of bio-oils for aviation and marine applications at TRL7, with the ultimate aim to integrate large-scale biofuel production with existing oil refineries.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Erik Heeres, chair of the green chemical reaction engineering unit and co-supervised by Dr. ir. R. Venderbosch (BTG BV). Close interaction between the successful candidate and BTG is foreseen. In this project, the successful PhD candidate will be performing experimental catalyst and process studies in a dedicated co-FCC bench scale unit scale aiming to improve the yield of the desired products. It will involve the smart design and testing of catalysts, improvement of reaction conditions, supplemented by more fundamental studies on reaction networks. The project is part of a larger European project (REFOLUTION), aiming to stimulate biofuel innovations in the European Union.

Organisation Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative institution of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programs and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 37,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global center of knowledge.

The engineering research in the university is consolidated in the Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG). ENTEG seeks at performing excellent research and guiding directed at the integration of fundamental and engineering sciences. The research unit Green Chemical Reaction Engineering is part of ENTEG and our mission is to develop highly intensified catalytic methodology and technology for valorization of circular feedstock to chemicals and fuels.


Your profile includes:

  • a master degree, preferably in chemical or mechanical engineering
  • skilled experimentalist and motivated to work with a dedicated bench scale unit
  • affinity with catalysis.
  • Organisation Conditions of employment
  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance
  • a full-time position (1.0 FTE) for 4 years; first, you will get a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years; prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training program is part of the agreement and you will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
  • Application

    Do you meet the qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

  • a letter of motivation (max. 2 pages)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications
  • any other relevant documents.
  • You may apply for this position until 12 March 11:59pm / before 13 March 2023 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

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    For information you can contact:

  • Prof. dr. ir. H.J. Heeres, for questions regarding the project, h.j.heeres
  • Friso Salverda MSc (HR advisor, for questions regarding the submission procedure), f.d.salverda
  • Please do not use the e-mail address(es) above for applications.

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