PhD Position in Flash Pyrolysis of Biomass in Netherlands, 2013

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The Energy Technology research group of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Twente is inviting applications for a PhD position within the research area of flash pyrolysis of biomass. Applicants will be appointed to a full-time position (38 hours/week) for a period of maximum four years and at the end student should have completed their PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2062 in the first year to € 2638 in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities). Application must be submitted via online by September 1st, 2013.. The Energy Technology research group of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Twente offers a PhD position within the research area of flash pyrolysis of biomass. The challenge is to produce high-quality biofuels from flash pyrolysis of torrefied biomass. The project Biomass is the only green source to produce renewable liquid transportation fuels and in this way it can play a major role in fulfilling the sustainable energy goals of the governments. Biofuels produced from non-edible biomass are denoted by second generation biofuels in contrary with first generation biodiesel and bio-ethanol competing with the food chain. One way to produce oil from biomass is via flash pyrolysis, a fast process that heats up the biomass particles in a few seconds producing an oil vapor. However, the quality of the present pyrolysis oil is not good enough for applications in the existing infrastructure. In this project we would like to improve the quality of the oil by pretreatment of the biomass. The pretreatment consists of torrefaction of biomass. The influence of the torrefaction conditions and the biomass properties on the quality of the pyrolysis oil will be investigated in experimental set-ups. The research group has developed different facilities such as a bench-scale fluidized bed and a 30 kg/h pilot-plant for flash pyrolysis (www.utwente.nl/ctw/thw/).Our offer: We offer a very challenging position in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment. As a PhD candidate you will be appointed for a full-time position (38 hours/week) for a period of maximum four years and at the end you should have completed your PhD thesis. The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2062 in the first year to € 2638 in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions. It is also possible to join one of the educational programs of the Twente Graduate School.. This scholarship is for pursuing PhD research at the University of Twente in the Netherland.
The research areas of this scholarship are: Not provided
Who can apply to this scholarship? The successful applicant has completed an MSc degree in mechanical or chemical engineering, or in a closely related discipline. Experience and knowledge in the research field of flash pyrolysis of biomass are desirable. Also experience of a European university is an advantage. An interview and presentation will be part of the selection procedure.
Benefits of the scholarship: The gross monthly salary for a PhD increases from € 2062 in the first year to € 2638 in the final year (in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities). In addition, the University of Twente offers attractive employment conditions. It is also possible to join one of the educational programs of the Twente Graduate School.
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Duration: Not provided
Number of scholarships: Not provided

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