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PhD position in heterogeneous catalysis on Fischer-Tropsch

We have an open PhD position available in heterogeneous catalysis for enthusiastic and motivated students. We seek highly talented and curiosity-driven students with a MSc degree and strong drive towards innovation and excellence in research ...

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de Rondom, Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur


The research of our catalysis group Inorganic Materials Chemistry focuses on novel inorganic catalyst materials with applications in sustainable chemical processes for production of fuels and chemicals. Our approach is to develop a science base for design of catalysts based on synthesis of model systems, advanced in-situ spectroscopic and microscopic characterization, computational modelling of reaction mechanism at different length and time scales and experimental kinetic studies. We address topics in the field of natural gas and syngas conversion, valorization of biomass, the use of zeolites and other porous materials in catalysis and photocatalysis. Visit our webpage for more information.

A PhD position is open in the following project:

The Fischer-Tropsch process represents a unique opportunity for manufacturing ultraclean fuels and chemicals from both renewable and fossil resources as an alternative for petroleum-derived fuels. Development of catalysts with extended life is a prime requirement to the economic viability of potential future projects in this area. To arrive at a knowledge-based design of robust catalysts calls for an in depth understanding and description of the main deactivation mechanisms.
To address this challenge, we are looking for a candidate with a strong interest in heterogeneous catalysis for syngas conversion chemistry and experimental experience or knowledge. The PhD project will be focused on using various state-of-the-art techniques in a systematic way that enable investigation of catalysts in detail at different stages. With the expected novel insights, we strive to improve derive design parameters that significantly raise the efficiency of modern catalytic processes for clean fuel production on a short time-scale.


We are looking for talented and enthusiastic (almost) graduated Master students in Chemistry, Physics and/or Chemical Engineering. We invite highly motivated students with proven talent for research to apply. Other requirements are excellent analytic and communicative skills. You should have a fluent basis in English and we expect you to be a good team player.


We offer a challenging job for four years in a highly motivated team at a dynamic and ambitious University. You will work with innovative analytic equipment and you will be part of a highly profiled multidisciplinary collaboration where expertise of a variety of disciplines comes together. The TU/e is located in one of the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot 'Brainport Eindhoven'; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists!
The gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU), starts with € 2222,- in the first year to € 2840,- in the fourth year. Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowances, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can be given. Especially for PhD students the TU/e also offers opportunities for personal development via the Proof Program.

Additionele informatie

For more information about these vacancy you can contact prof. dr. Emiel Hensen (e-mail: e.j.m.hensen@tue.nl).

Information about terms of employment can be obtained from Arianne Boekema, HR advisor, email: a.d.boekema@tue.nl

If you wish to apply, submit before December 8th 2017 via our website the following items:
(1) your detailed CV
(2) a complete list of courses taken with grades obtained
(3) a short motivation
(4) at least two references

Candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible, as selection will start immediately. Please keep in mind; you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each.