For the second phase of the MCEC research programme, 38 PhD projects have been defined around the following themes:
Smart Biomass Conversion| What if we could replace crude oil with a more sustainable alternative to make the transportation fuels of the future? The chemical process currently used for the production of e.g. liquid fuels, can be tailored to enable the use of certified biomass as well as municipal waste. The PhD student will work on the synthesis of a new generation heterogeneous catalysts, capable of using a.o. lignin as a renewable feedstock to produce fuels, fuel additives or base chemicals, such as aromatics.
Storing Electricity from Renewable Sources in Chemical Bonds | Solar and wind energy are incessant, but by nature intermittent resources. One way to store the temporary surplus of ‘green power’ lies in chemical bonds. Within this theme, the PhD student will work on the design, characterization and testing of new solid catalysts capable of turning carbon dioxide into fuels and base chemicals.
Catalyst Diagnostics to Develop More Active Catalysts | New green routes for fuels and chemicals require radically new catalyst materials. But with current technologies, testing and characterizing these materials is very time-consuming. In this theme, the PhD student will develop an integrated spectroscopic and microfluidic testing platform, inspired by the latest developments in life sciences
MCEC is looking for a highly motivated and creative PhD candidate who has:
- an excellent master’s degree or an international equivalent in the relevant fields of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and/or Materials Engineering;
- a strong interest in sustainable energy conversion;
- excellent research and scientific writing skills;
- perseverance and an independent, pro-active working style;
- the willingness to look beyond the borders of his or her own discipline and strong motivation to work in a multidisciplinary team;
- excellent collaboration and communication skills (written and verbally) in English;
Please note that the PhD candidate will be hosted by Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology or the University of Twente, depending on the specific project(s) that the PhD candidate applies for. Some of the projects are Joint Doctorate projects, meaning that the PhD candidate will spend his or her time at different universities and will receive a Joint Doctorate Degree after finishing the project.
More information about this can be found in the individual project descriptions
We offer a full-time PhD position for 4 years for which the candidate will be provided with generous funding for research and training costs. All PhD students will work in a truly international and interdisciplinary environment. This will provide them with an excellent basis and a strong network for a future career in the field of energy, in academia, industry as well as governance.
The salary – depending on previous qualifications and experience – ranges between € 2.266,- and maximum € 2.897,- gross per month for a full-time employment. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end allowance of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model). Here you’ll find more information about working at Utrecht University. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. Additional information Additional practical information about the PhD positions can be obtained from dr. Nina Versteeg (email@example.com), Programme Coordinator of MCEC. Contact details for questions about specific projects can be found in the individual project descriptions.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801359.
Candidates are asked to submit an application package consisting of
Please note that you can apply for two projects in a single application, listing them in the order of your preference.
Please upload your complete application package by using the vacancy portal of Utrecht University (see button below). Candidates who are invited for an interview will be asked to prepare a short presentation, either in person or via video conference.
You can apply for one or two of the 38 PhD positions until 31 October 2018, 12 a.m.
To apply, please click the application button below.
The application deadline is
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