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Research assistant Inorganic Membranes From Waste to Feed, development of novel Ceramic Nano-filtration Membranes

Job description

Are you going to build a new generation of membranes for the treatment of challenging industrial streams? Are you results oriented and like challenges?

We are looking for a research assistant to reinforce our team!

Project description

Many industrial processes produce large amounts of solvents or solvent-water streams (10 – 100 m³/h). Treatment of these streams to recover valuable components requires substantial amounts of energy and chemicals. Implementation of ceramic nanofiltration membranes can lead to significant energy savings. In two international projects funded in the Inorganic Membranes group, new synthesis techniques like Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), a self-limiting gas-phase technique for growing atomic-scale thin films will be applied. The ALD technology will enable us to tune the pore size of the resulting membrane on an atomic scale. The performance of the developed membranes will be tested in liquid filtration experiments for the treatment of industrial streams as well as surface water.

Your tasks:

  • Develop new membranes together with the PhD's
  • Perform characterization of the developed membranes
  • Optimize characterization processes
  • Analyze and interpret the results
  • Order chemicals and other materials
  • Supply data and graphs, drawing up work reports
  • Present data in user committee meetings

Your profile

You are a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher, having a Bachelor's Degree (HBO) in chemistry, chemical engineering, forensic science, or a closely related subject area. We encourage strong communication skills, responsibility, and independence while collaborating with colleagues, researchers, and university staff. Creativity, with a hands-on mentality, is valued highly. If you have experience in the field of material characterization, are fluent in Dutch, and have a good command of the English language, you are the ideal candidate, and we invite you to apply for this position.

Our offer

We want you to perform parts of a results-oriented project in an inspiring and stimulating international work environment.

  • Full-time 2-year research assistant position with a prospect of a permanent position.
  • Full status as an employee, including pension and health care benefits. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labor agreement for Dutch universities.
  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating, state-of-the-art research environment with world-class research facilities.
  • Depending on relevant background and experience, the gross monthly salary on a full-time basis ranges from € 2.329,-- to € 3.144,-- gross per month.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%
  • Between 29 and 41 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure.

The university provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

Information and application

You are welcome to contact Dr. Mieke Luiten-Olieman at m.w.j.luiten@utwente.nl for more information about the vacancy. Please send your application before September 20th via the “apply now” button.

Applications should include the following documents:

  • A motivation letter describing the reason you apply for this position.
  • A detailed CV.

Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

About the department

The Inorganic Membrane group is part of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, which offers advanced characterization and fabrication tools on nanoscale, as well as a stimulating environment with more than 250 PhD students working on various aspects of nanoscience and technology.

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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