Postdoc position – Jobs for Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry

    Postdoc position - Jobs for Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry

    Jobs for Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry – Postdoc position in ‘Electrochemical upgrade of bio-crude’, at Aarhus University, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering, Aarhus (Denmark).

    Deadline to Apply

    Apr 30, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPostdoc position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Electrochemistry 
    – Chemical Engineering
    SalaryAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Biological and Chemical Engineering
    Aarhus University
    Contract Period1 Year
    Starting dateJune 1, 2021


    • A PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or similar (or about to get one)
    • A solid background in electrochemical techniques
    • Experience in electrochemical cell development and optimization
    • The ability to work and interact with experts from a broad range of scientific and technology backgrounds.
    • The ability to work independently and to generate new ideas and creative approaches.
    • The ability to write high impact, peer reviewed academic publications.


    Prior experience in high pressure reactor design or electrochemical module design, or hydrothermal liquefaction is desired.

    Responsibilities/ Job Description

    The main responsibilities of the candidate will lie in the development of a high pressure (up to 150 bar) medium temperature (200 deg C) membrane-less electrochemical reactor. The final goal is to investigate the hydrogenation and heteroatoms removal in conditions that mimic the final stage of the hydrothermal process plant. The first part of the project will investigate the electrochemistry of model compounds and the evaluation of the activation energies and kinetics of the upgrading. The second part will investigate the performance of the electrochemical reactor with bio-crudes from our pilot plant in Foulum.
    The electrochemistry focus area at Aarhus University has extensive knowledge on electrochemical cell development, membrane reactors, and electrochemical tools. The successful candidate will have at her/his disposal high surface area activated foams developed by the University of Bologna (external collaborator).
    The Centre for Biorefining Technologies at the Foulum Campus of Aarhus University is in the unique position of having one of the largest research pilot-scale HTL systems in the world. The successful candidate will select and utilize some of the bio-crude produced from different biomass sources for his/her project.
    The main tasks of the postdoc will lie in:

    • Design and optimize a novel electrochemical reactor for medium to high pressure and temperatures
    • Conducting electrochemistry of oils at high pressure
    • Conducting electrochemical characterization (including CV, EIS, CA)
    • Surface modification of high surface area foam

    How to Apply?

    To apply, please click the Apply Online button mentioned above

    Documents Required

    The application must be in English and include

    • Curriculum vitae
    • Degree certificate
    • Complete list of publications, a statement of future research plans and information about research activities, teaching portfolio and verified information on previous teaching experience (if any).

    Guidelines for applicants can be found here.

    About Research project

    The Postdoc should conduct research in the field of electrochemistry of bio-oils at medium to high pressure and temperatures.
    The position has become available through a Villum (DK) funded project. It is a shared collaboration between the Electrochemistry and the Hydrothermal Processing focus areas at Aarhus University, Department of Biological and Chemical Engineering. The position is advertised as a fixed term 1 year position with the possibility of extension of 6 months of longer if opportunities arise during the duration of the project.


    • Appointment shall be in accordance with the collective labour agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations.
    • Further information on qualification requirements and job content may be found in the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff at Danish Universities.
    • Salary depends on seniority as agreed between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Confederation of Professional Associations.


    Project manager: Assistant Professor Jacopo Catalano

    Assistant Professor Konstantinos Anastasakis

    Official advertisement

    Postdoc in ‘Electrochemical upgrade of bio-crude’

    Post expires at 8:59am on Saturday May 1st, 2021 (GMT+9)