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3-year post-doctoral fellowship Interfacial Aspects of Whey Protein Separation using Artificial Membranes

Job description

We invite applicants for a 3-year post-doctoral position on understanding the interfacial aspects involved in protein separation using artificial membranes. The complex nature of protein mixtures along with protein physical properties have motivated a detailed study regarding the physics governing specific separations carried out industrially. Within the Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces group at the University of Twente, there is a post-doctoral researcher position available in this area.

In this project a combination of experimental and theoretical studies will be performed that will analyze and determine the underlying dominant mechanisms controlling transport. The intended outcome of this project is to possess a higher degree of insight into these mechanisms and to be able to then utilize this understanding in order to enhance separation efficiency in realistic industrial processes.

These goals will be accomplished via a combination of experimental and theoretical investigations of various systems of interest, as described by the project partners. The starting date is as soon as possible.

Your profile

  • PhD in relevant related field (for example Chemical Engineering or Food Processing).
  • You possess a strong research background in interfacial phenomena, both theoretical and experimental.
  • Previous experience with investigations of soft matter systems is a strong asset.
  • Possessing programming skills, in for example Python or MATLAB, is considered a strong benefit for any candidates.
  • Excellent communication skills in English are mandatory.

The Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI) group ( studies the fundamental transport and related interfacial phenomena relevant for chemical processes, for example in membrane separations or catalysis. Research within SFI consists of theoretical, numerical and experimental investigation lines into these areas, often using microfluidic devices. SFI is part of the Membrane Science and Technology (MST) cluster and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. Within the MST cluster, there are multiple staff members running membrane and membrane-related research lines from the molecular scale to process level. You will be part of and expected to contribute to a dynamic and world-class research environment. You should be eager to engage in international and interdisciplinary collaborative workplace and possess excellent communication skills.

Information and application
To obtain additional information or if you have any questions, you may contact Prof. Dr. Ir. Rob Lammertink ( or Dr. Jeff Wood (

Your application should consist of:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page A4), specifying your motivation in applying for the position.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae including your publications, grants, awards, and working experience. Your CV should demonstrate the scope of your work and indicate a good fit with the stated requirements for the position.
  • A minimum of two references who worked closely with you.

Our offer

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for three years.
The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment. The post-doc salary is between 3255 euro and 4274 euro gross per month depending on experience and qualifications.
The offer further involves: a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme and numerous professional and personal development programs.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Within the TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology) of the University of Twente some 700 staff members and 2000 students are involved in training and research on the interface of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. Research, which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders.

3-year post-doctoral fellowship Interfacial Aspects of Whey Protein Separation using Artificial Membranes
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