Scientist (f/m/d) “Development of a hybrid reactor concept for the production of kerosine"

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
March 20, 2023
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Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

Job description

In its research in the field of power-to-liquid, the Institute of Micro Process Engineering (IMVT) is pursuing the approach of decentralized production of sustainable aviation fuels from carbon dioxide, water and electric power from renewable energy sources. In recent years, IMVT has been able to devise a simplified process for producing ASTM D7566-compliant synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) from the crude product of Fischer- Tropsch synthesis, which will be tested at Energy Lab 2.0 later this year on a scale of several hundred liters of production per day. However, SPK is only approved for blending with fossil kerosene up to a maximum of 50%, as jet fuels currently have to contain a minimum of 8% aromatics, in addition to meeting ASTM D1655, to ensure compatibility with the polymer seals currently used in aircraft and refueling systems. With funding from the BMDV via the recently launched REF4FU project 'Renewable Fuels from Green Refineries of the Future', the PhD thesis announced here will now investigate how specific aromatics with a low tendency to form soot during combustion can be specifically produced from the other fractions of the Fischer-Tropsch product spectrum, which, after blending with SPK, will produce an aviation turbine fuel that meets the ASTM D1566 standard. It is also intended to maximize the overall yield of sustainable jet fuel.

As part of your job, you will be involved in the following key tasks:

  • Collaboration in the further development and automation of the existing laboratory facilities for production of synthetic fuels
  • Experimental investigations using various catalysts and process conditions
  • Experimental and theoretical investigations on the optimal interconnection of the individual processes with regard to the specifications to be achieved and a maximisation of the yield of jet fuel
  • Presentation of the results in scientific publications and conference contributions
  • Within the scope of your scientific work, you have the opportunity to do a doctorate.

    Starting date

    ab sofort

    Personal qualification

    MSc in technical chemistry or chemical engineering or process engineering. Very good knowledge of heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. First experience with zeolite catalysts and in the field of hydrogenative treatment of hydrocarbons (synthetic fuels) or Fischer-Tropsch synthesis is desirable (e.g. in Bachelor/Master thesis).


    Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

    Contract duration

    3 years

    Application up to


    Contact person in line-management

    For further information, please contact Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Dittmeyer, [email protected].

    Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 100/2023.

    Ausschreibungsnummer: 100/2023

    We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job. Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.


    Personnel Support is provided by: Personalservice (PSE) - Human Resources Ms Ahmed Phone: +49 721 608-25006,

    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

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