Postdoctoral researcher

Last application date
Aug 12, 2017 23:59
TW11 – Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering
Limited duration
PhD in Chemical Engineering or related subject
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

Postdoctoral researcher: Integrated model guided process optimization of steam cracking furnaces (IMPROOF)

Evaluate theoretically and experimentally the potential benefit of applying high emissivity coatings, oxy-fuel combustion and 3D reactor designs in steam cracking furnaces.

Steam cracking is one of the most energy intensive processes in the chemical industry. Although steam cracking technology is considered to be mature, the complexity of the process and the harsh operating conditions allow the implementation of technology developments towards substantial heat transfer enhancement. One of the main objectives of IMPROOF is to increase the energy efficiency of the radiation section of a steam cracking furnace, minimizing exergy losses. A key element to realize this is the use of high emissivity coatings manufactured and studied under real furnace conditions in the project. On the other hand NOx emissions can be reduced by the possible use of oxy-fuel combustion. Finally, the efficiency and selectivity can be improved by applying

Although the benefit of the application of high emissivity coatings is clear they are still rarely applied for steam cracking furnaces. Therefore IMPROOF will assess the results of the application of high emissivity materials on improved refractory materials on TRL5 and TRL6 level. These furnace redesigns of components and process tubes combined with CFD modelling will be a further multiplier for the potential benefit of IMPROOF. IMPROOF seeks to further demonstrate that also existing furnaces can be retrofitted to increase their performance. At the same IMPROOF will result in optimized resource and energy efficiencies, and also less pollutant emissions. A risk is that, as a result of improvements in the radiant section by coating various components with high emissivity products, the amount of heat released to the convective section will be reduced. This will necessitate a re-evaluation of the operation of the convective section which will prompt the evaluation of high emissivity products to improve heat absorption in this area as well.

Nowadays, there is an increased interest towards the development of oxy-fuel combustion, i.e. the process of burning a fuel using pure oxygen instead of air as the primary oxidant. One of the advantages of oxy-fuel combustion is the production of a highly concentrated stream of CO2, ready for capture and storage (CCS). Beside CCS, oxy-fuel combustion has other advantages, such as the possibility to significantly reduce the size of the combustor unit compared to that used in the corresponding air-fired combustion. Another essential question that will be addressed by IMPROOF is if the use of renewable fuels such as bio-gas or bio-oils is actually beneficial to be considered in steam cracking furnaces. Detailed kinetic models and CFD will be used to provide answers to all these questions.

Profile of the candidate

Applicants must possess a PhD in Chemical Engineering or related subject and a TOEFL certificate with a minimum score of 95(iBT) or equivalent. Relevant experience in the area of reactor engineering, kinetics, and/or computational chemistry is strongly recommended. Candidates must have a strong mathematical background and be willing to focus on obtaining quantitative rather than qualitative results.

How to apply

Any additional information can be obtained by contacting. Any application should enclose a C.V., a one page justification of your interest and the e-mail addresses of at least two references.

India-Pakistan Fellowship Opportunity, 2017

icon Post Doc, Research Fellow/ Scientist

icon India-Pakistan conflict resolution

Open to Indian, Pakistani and U.S applicants

icon  United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

icon 14 Jul 2017

icon Full Funding, $10,000 per month

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United States Institute of Peace is offering India-Pakistan Fellowship Opportunity, 2017 to promote and support their body of work in Pakistan, India, and role of US in supporting regional stability in South Asia.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants of India-Pakistan Fellowship Opportunity, 2017 should be senior or mid-career analysts, policymakers or experts who have experience working in India-Pakistan bilateral relations.
  • Applicants are required to have experience working on India-Pakistan relations, understanding of U.S. foremost priorities and bureaucratic setup.
  • A strong publication record in publishing/writing and proven capacity to conceive and generate a writing project leading to publication.
  • Candidates applying for India-Pakistan Fellowship Opportunity, 2017 should submit a letter of interest, a 3-5 page concept no, e and CV.

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Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship, 2017

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icon Archaeology and Classical Studies

Open to US citizens or permanent residents

icon  American Academy in Rome

icon 01 Nov 2018

icon Partial Funding, $10,000

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  • Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship, 2017 is open to US citizens and permanent residents.
  • The American Academy in Rome receives all applications of the Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship, 2017.
  • Applicants of Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship, 2017 must submit a report to the Chair of the AIA Fellowships Committee and the President of the AAR after the tenure of the fellowship.

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Rowland Fellows Program

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icon Energy Science & Engineering

Open to all nationals

icon  Harvard University

icon 18 Aug 2017

icon Partial Funding, $72,000 per annum

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  • The Rowland Institute at Harvard is offering Rowland Fellows Program, 2017 to early career scientists who wish to establish an independent research program.
  • Rowland Fellows Program, 2017 will grant two appointments every year.
  • Young experimentalists in the field of energy science and engineering are eligible to apply for the program.
  • Applicants of Rowland Fellows Program, 2017 must have completed their doctoral degree prior to the commencement of their term at the Unversity.
  • Candidates with postdoctoral experience and newly conferred doctorates are also taken into consideration.
  • A research proposal in one page, CV in two pages and 3 letters of recommendation must be submitted by the applicants.

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Postdoctoral Research At IIASA, 2017

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icon Any discipline

Open to all nationals

icon  International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

icon 01 Oct 2017

icon Partial Funding,

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Postdoctoral Research At IIASA, 2017 composes of fully funded research positions of up to 2 years duration in the research topics related to IIASA.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants of Postdoctoral Research At IIASA, 2017 must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application.
  • Candidates are expected to have a proven record of research accomplishments.
  • Applicants are required to be proficient in English.
  • Candidates who are nationals of countries where IIASA has a National Member Organization will be given preference.
  • Applicants who have held a doctoral degree for less than five years at the application deadline are also considered for Postdoctoral Research At IIASA, 2017.
  • Applicants are required to be present at IIASA during the duration of the fellowship.

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Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship

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icon Humanities

Open to all nationalities

icon  University of Pennsylvania

icon 15 Oct 2017

icon Partial Funding, Stipend of $54,590 + health insurance + $3000 research fund

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The University of Pennsylvania is offering Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 to junior scholars who obtained their doctorate, not more than 8 years ago and those who are not yet tenured.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The fellowship is open to all nationalities and who meet application criteria.
  • Applicants who received or will receive their Ph.D. between December 2009 and December 2017 are eligible to apply for Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017.
  • Candidates must be humanists or those in such allied fields as anthropology or history of science.
  • During the applicant’s residence, he/She must teach one undergraduate seminar during the year.
  • Applicants of Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017 must be willing to participate in the Forum’s weekly Mellon Research Seminar.

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David Sainsbury Fellowships, NC3Rs, 2017

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icon Medical, Biological or Veterinary Research

Open to all nationalities

icon  National Centre for the Replacement Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

icon 21 Jun 2017

icon Partial Funding, £30k per annum

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David Sainsbury Fellowships, NC3Rs, 2017 is designed to assist talented, 3Rs-minded scientists.

Eligibility criteria:

  • David Sainsbury Fellowships, NC3Rs, 2017 is open to applicants of all nationalities.
  • Researchers with a minimum of two and a maximum of six years postdoctoral experience can apply for the fellowship.
  • at the time of application.
  • If the candidate already has a permanent contract of employment at the host institution, then he/she is considered ineligible.
  • The candidates applying for David Sainsbury Fellowships, NC3Rs, 2017 should identify a Sponsor at the host Research Organisation.

Documents required:

  • Candidates need to submit a detailed CV which should include award date of Ph.D. and employment history.
  • An outline of the research proposal.
  • A list of publications done by the applicant.

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Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, 2017

icon Post Doc

icon Conservation Research

Open to all nationalities

icon  Smith Fellows

icon 28 Sep 2017

icon Partial Funding, $55,000 plus benefits

iconAcademic Institution or Conservation Organization in the US

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Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, 2017 is open to conservation scientists to improve their skills through the postdoctoral research work along with training, peer network and field learning experiences.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants who have completed their doctorate within the past five years or by the time the award is made are eligible for Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, 2017.
  • Candidates who have not yet completed their doctorate must indicate on the application the date the degree is expected.
  • Early-career scientists from around the world are welcome to apply.
  • He/She must be based at a United States institution.
  • Applicants who are innovative and a practical-minded researcher with strong leadership skills are preferred.
  • Applicants of Smith Conservation Research Fellowship, 2017 are expected to have excellent communication skills.
  • Candidates keen interest in applied research that improves conservation practice are welcome to apply.

Value and Duration:

  • The duration of the fellowship is for two years.
  • Selected applicant will receive an annual salary of $55,000 plus benefits.
  • Each Fellow receives a travel budget of $8,000 and a research fund of $32,000 over the 2-year fellowship period.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants are selected based on four criteria:
  • Applicants professional record is reviewed.
  • Potential for innovation and leadership is assessed.
  • Applicants commitment towards conservation.
  • The strength of the applicant’s proposal is evaluated.

Documents Required

  • Applicants must submit a copy of their CV.
  • A cover letter must be submitted.
  • A brief description of the Research Proposal must be submitted.
  • A personal statement in 200 words must be submitted.
  • Applicants must provide three letters of recommendation.


Max Planck Institute Scholarship, 2017

icon PhD, Post Doc

icon Law

Open to International applicants (other than Germany)

icon  The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

icon 15 Aug 2017

icon Partial Funding, € 1365.00 / month to € 3000.00 / month

More about this scholarship

  • The Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law is offering scholarships to researchers whose primary place of residence is outside of Germany.
  • The Max Planck Institute Scholarship, 2017 is offered to foreign professors or other senior researchers of equivalent academic achievements, foreign post-doctoral candidates and other advanced-stage researchers, and foreign doctoral candidates.
  • The applicants should have proficiency in German and in English.
  • Previous scholarship recipients can also apply for a subsequent grant but should describe  in their research proposal the progress made on their project.
  • The candidates applying for Max Planck Institute Scholarship, 2017 should submit a statement of purpose explaining why they are applying for this scholarship, goals and expectations from the research stay, and the link between their research topic and current or previous academic work in not more than a page.
  • The applicants should also submit curriculum vitae, a research proposal, and a proof of doctoral degree by the applicants who have already obtained a doctoral degree.
  • Doctoral and post-doctoral candidates should also submit two recommendation letters on official letterhead with the signature of the author.
  • The Max Planck Institute Scholarship, 2017 offers € 1365.00 per month to doctoral students and between € 2100.00 per month and € 3000.00 per month to advanced researchers.

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Monash University – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Doctoral Scholarship Program

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icon Programs offered by the University

Open to citizens and permanent residents of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC)

icon  China Scholarship Council (CSC)

icon 31 Jan 2018

icon Partial Funding, annual living allowance of $AUD20,400 + other benefits

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Monash University – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Doctoral Scholarship Program, 2017 is open to high-quality Chinese students who wish to undertake Ph.D. at the University.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants of Monash University – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Doctoral Scholarship Program, 2017 must be citizens or permanent residents of China.
  • The age of the applicants must not be more than 35 years.
  • Applicants must return to the People’s Republic of China upon their degree completion.
  • Candidates applying for Monash University – China Scholarship Council (CSC) Doctoral Scholarship Program, 2017 must intend to pursue research in one of the research areas of the CSC.
  • H1 equivalent qualifications must be obtained by the applicants for admission into the Ph.D. program.
  • English language proficiency requirements must be met.
  • Applicants must fulfill the CSC selection criteria.

Value of the scholarship:

  • An annual living allowance of approximately $AUD20,400
  • Full tuition fee sponsorship
  • Overseas Student Health Cover
  • living allowance (stipend) per year
  • Return airfare between China and Melbourne
  • Visa application fees

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