PhD position: Development of Co-Feeding Technology or Biofuels in Existing Oil Refineries

The Engineering and Technology Institute Groningen (ENTEG) has a PhD position: “Development of Co-Feeding Technology or Biofuels in Existing Oil Refineries.”

Recently a European Union project (REFOLUTION) has started and within this project we have a vacancy for a PhD student. The EU project aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative process to convert biomass derived pyrolysis oils into advanced biofuels combining different co-processing technologies. For instance, it will apply Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) co-processing of bio-oils for aviation and marine applications at TRL7, with the ultimate aim to integrate large-scale biofuel production with existing oil refineries.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Erik Heeres, chair of the green chemical reaction engineering unit, and co-supervised by Dr. ir. R. Venderbosch (BTG BV). A close interaction between the successful candidate and BTG is foreseen. The successful PhD candidate will conduct experimental catalyst and process studies in a dedicated co-FCC bench-scale unit scale, with the goal of increasing the yield of the desired products. It will involve the smart design and testing of catalysts, the improvement of reaction conditions, supplemented by more fundamental studies on reaction networks.

Duration: 4 years


The offer in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,541 gross per month in the first year, up to a maximum of € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth and final year for a full-time working week
  • a holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the-year allowance

Job Requirements

To qualify for the position “Development of Co-Feeding Technology or Biofuels in Existing Oil Refineries,” applicants must have the following:

  • a master degree, preferably in chemical or mechanical engineering
  • skilled experimentalist and motivated to work with a dedicated bench scale unit
  • affinity with catalysis.
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Application Process

Interested applicants are welcome to apply with the following documents:

  • letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae
  • list of publications
  • any other relevant documents.

To apply the Development of Co-Feeding Technology or Biofuels in Existing Oil Refineries, click here.

Deadline: March 12, 2023.

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