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Martí i Franquès Standard. Call for 1 PhD candidate within the project Phd in Amine-free materials for carbon dioxide capture

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Universitat Rovira i Virgili
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringChemical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    25/10/2020 22:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Tarragona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37,5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/02/2021
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    2020PMF-PIPF-15

OFFER DESCRIPTION

The Universitat Rovira i Virgili, in collaboration with the research institutions affiliated to the Campus of International Excellence Southern Catalonia (CEICS), is launching the Martí i Franquès research grants programme, a public-private cooperation designed to attract highly talented doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to work on exciting research projects.

SPECIFIC POSITION OFFER 2020PMF-PIPF-15

The capture and utilisation of CO2 is a crucial—yet challenging—approach to, on one side, help mitigate climate change, and on the other, tackle global recycling of carbon resources. Capture comprises a series of technologies which can be applied to either minimising emissions from large polluting point sources (chiefly power plants, cement kilns and steelworks), or directly capturing atmospheric CO2 (negative emissions scheme). Implementation of such processes implies obvious monetary and energetic costs, a fact often claimed by opponents to CO2 capture; in contrast to this stance, neglecting to capture carbon emissions are generally believed to lead to disastrous and irreversible consequences on health and the environment.

The most common CO2 capture technology entails aqueous amine absorption. Nonetheless, several issues of amine technologies still remain, such as oxidative degradability, high regeneration temperatures and volatility losses. Non-volatile alternatives, such as those based in ionic sorbents are interesting and deserve further investigation, provided low cost of production and high efficiency can be assured. Chemical reactivity of ionic liquids for CO2 capture can be tuned by carefully selecting the basicity of their constituent ions and of any added functionality.

This project advocates the development of new CO2 sorbents based on carboxylate ionic liquids, which have shown remarkable loading capacity in the presence of water and low-energy requirements for regeneration. The ionic liquid sorbents will be combined with tailor-made solid supports or matrices. Two strategies will be considered:

- (1) impregnation of the ionic liquid sorbents on solid supports, either ceramic or polymeric, and

- (2) design and preparation of novel materials by chemical modification with CO2-capturing moieties, and subsequent fabrication of membranes.

Optimisation of the system will rely on structural design of the ionic liquid, monitoring of the effect of water, and minimisation of the energy cost for regeneration by operating at low temperatures. Eventually, the prepared sorbent materials will be tested under conditions relevant to two main approaches:

- (1) direct air capture, and

- (2) industrial or power plant flue gas treatment, including the effect of contaminant gases such as NOx or SOx.

Particular attention will be devoted to the recyclability of the sorbent systems, the minimisation of energy expenditure, and the overall efficiency of the process. The ultimate goal will be the proposal of a new technology for the capture of CO2 at a competititve cost and of low environmental impact.

 

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Benefits

The employment contract with URV also specifies a series of specific benefits that might differ from other public administration positions:

  • Vacation: 22 working days per year, plus 3 days of personal days off
  • Health Checks: all URV employees have the option of a medical check every year, paid by URV
  • Weeks of maternity leave16 weeks (maternity) or 4 weeks (paternity). Possibility of reduction of working hours for 12 months, after the 16 weeks of maternity leave provided by social security. The reduction of working hours can also be compacted, translating into a 4 weeks break, that can be added to the 16 weeks of maternity leave

Eligibility criteria

for PhD enrolment at URV

  • Hold a Spanish Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a Master's degree, or equivalent, and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS summing up both degrees
  • OR Hold a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master's degree and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master's level
  • OR Hold of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded

Selection process

  • The Departmental Councils will form the committees that have to evaluate the applications submitted for each contract. These committees will have three full members and three substitute members who are all members of the department's permanent teaching and research staff and who meet the URV's requirements to supervise doctoral theses.
  • Each committee will assign the contracts in accordance with either its Departmental Council or its Monitoring Committee (according to the circumstances), and its main criterion will be the relevance of each applicant's academic transcript to the area of knowledge pertaining to the contract. The committee members may decide to interview candidates in person. Likewise the committees may issue a list of the successful candidates in order of preference.
  • The committees will agree on a prioritised list of the positively valued candidates.

    After examining the proposal assignation of contracts, the Rector will pass a resolution in which he will name a candidate for each contract in the order proposed by the Departmental Council or Monitoring Committee until all the contracts in the competition have been awarded. The competition may be declared void.

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Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringChemical engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

In general, be in possession of an official undergraduate degree, or equivalent, and of a master degree, and have passed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits during the course of their official university studies, of which at least 60 must be master`s degree credits

Specific Requirements

Comply with the conditions for PhD enrolment at URV

  • Hold a Spanish Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, and a Master's degree, or equivalent, and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS summing up both degrees
  • OR Hold a degree from another country in the EEES which grants access to a Master's degree and have achieved a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in university studies of which at least 60 must be at Master's level
  • OR Hold of a qualification obtained in accordance with foreign educational systems without the need for official recognition, having previously confirmed with the university that this qualification accredits a level of training equivalent to the official Spanish university Master's degree and that it would serve as a means of access to a PhD in the country in which it was awarded.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Department of Chemical Engineering
Spain
Tarragona
Tarragona
43007
Av. Països Catalans, 26

EURAXESS offer ID: 561816

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