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PhD positions Sustainable Energy Conversion (1.0 FTE)

The Faculty of Science at Utrecht University is looking for 8 PhD candidates. Interested? Read more and apply here.

3 maanden geleden


Domplein, Utrecht, Utrecht
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
36 - 40 uur
€ 2325 - € 2972 per maand


For the second phase of the MCEC research programme, 38 PhD projects have been defined, of which 8 projects are still vacant. More information about the exact projects can be found here.

The projects are defined around the following themes:

  • Smart Biomass Conversion
    What if we could replace crude oil with a more sustainable alternative to make the transportation fuels of the future? The chemical process currently used for the production of e.g. liquid fuels, can be tailored to enable the use of certified biomass as well as municipal waste. The PhD candidate will work on the synthesis of a new generation catalysts, capable of using a.o. lignin as a renewable feedstock to produce fuels, fuel additives or base chemicals, such as aromatics.
  • Storing Electricity from Renewable Sources in Chemical Bonds
    Solar and wind energy are incessant, but by nature intermittent resources. One way to store the temporary surplus of ‘green power’ lies in chemical bonds. Within this theme, the PhD candidate will work on the design, characterization and testing of new solid catalysts capable of turning carbon dioxide into fuels and base chemicals.
  • Catalyst Diagnostics to Develop More Active Catalysts
    New green routes for fuels and chemicals require radically new catalyst materials. But with current technologies, testing and characterizing these materials is very time-consuming. In this theme, the PhD candidate will develop an integrated spectroscopic and microfluidic testing platform, inspired by the latest developments in life sciences.


MCEC is looking for highly motivated and creative PhD candidates, who have:

  • an excellent Master's degree or an international equivalent in the relevant fields of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering;
  • a strong interest in sustainable energy conversion;
  • excellent research and scientific writing skills;
  • perseverance and an independent, pro-active working style;
  • the willingness to look beyond the borders of his or her own discipline and strong motivation to work in a multidisciplinary team;
  • excellent collaboration and communication skills (written and verbally) in English.

Please note that the PhD candidate will be hosted by Utrecht University, Eindhoven University of Technology or the University of Twente, depending on the specific project(s) that the PhD candidate applies for. Some of the projects are Joint Doctorate projects, meaning that the PhD candidate will spend his or her time at different Universities and will receive a Joint Doctorate Degree after finishing the project. More information about this can be found in the individual project descriptions.


The candidate will be offered a full-time PhD position for 4 years and will be provided with generous funding for research and training costs. All PhD candidates will work in a truly international and interdisciplinary environment. This will provide them with an excellent basis and a strong network for a future career in the field of energy, in academia, industry as well as governance.

The gross salary ranges between €2,325 and maximum €2,972 per month. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities. The research group will provide the candidate with necessary support on all aspects of the project. More information is available on the website of Utrecht University.

Additionele informatie

Additional practical information about the PhD positions can be obtained from dr. Nina Versteeg, Programme Coordinator of MCEC, via science.mcecoffice@uu.nl. Contact details for questions about specific projects can be found in the individual project descriptions.

More information about the Netherlands Center for Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversion (MCEC) can be found here and more information about Utrecht University can be found here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801359.