Do you want to work in an interdisciplinary project with a prospective future energy technology with exiting possibilities? Large-scale energy production from biomass allow for co-generation of heat, power and production of biomaterial and biofules, environmental services with net negative greenhouse gas emissions. This project focuses on assessing the value of biofuel ues in different contexts, such as its usefulness in energy systems of different scales and impact on climate and other environmental key indicators.

Information about the research
Negative greenhouse gas emissions will be needed to fulfill global and national emission targets. Bio-Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) has been discussed as a possible Negative Emission Technology (NET) for many years. This position gives you a change to be a part of this journey in the front line of research.

The Division of Energy and Materials at the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering includes Inorganic Industrial Materials Recycling, Inorganic Environmental Chemistry and Nuclear Chemistry. Environmental Chemistry works with applications of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), Oxide Chemistry, high temperature corrosion, and Theoretical Chemistry involving advanced modeling. Nuclear Chemistry focuses on research for applications in the nuclear industry: novel nuclear fuels and transmutation as well as research relating to accidents and final repositories. The Industrial Materials Recycling group focuses mainly on the recycling of metals including rare earth metals. The common factor is development and used of inorganic materials in energy applications. This research of the division is necessary to manage the earth's resources and provide better options for the future.

The Division of Energy Technology at the department of Space, Earth and Environment conducts research and offers education mainly in energy technology and energy systems. The research focuses on combustion and gasification of biomass, technologies for carbon dioxide avoidance, energy transformation and sustainable energy systems. A considerable part of the research is experimental, and the division have built up and are maintaining unique experimental facilities, such as for example Chalmers research boiler. Systems-level projects with in-depth research on energy transformation processes is also conducted at the division.

You will work in an upcoming project funded mainly by Chalmers Energy Area of Advance. The research in the field and the supervision will be shared between the division Energy and Material and Energy Technology. This joint group make up the world leading researchers in the CO2-capture technology Chemical Looping-Combustion, CLC. And by using biofuels in CLC, CO2 can permanently be removed from the atmosphere and thereby not only avoiding but reversing global warming. You will from January 2021 work in this shared environment but be employed at Energy and Materials.

Main responsibilities
As post-doc your main responsibility is to conduct research that assesses future for biofuel use in CLC from an environmental and economic point-of-view. You are expected to work with a high degree of independence, while still being capable of close collaboration with other researchers and external partners when needed. You should be able to communicate scientific results to different stakeholders, both orally at meetings and conferences and in written form as scientific articles.

Contract terms
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

By the starting date, you should have a PhD in a subject relevant for the project content. The degree should generally not be older than three years. It is important that you have some knowledge of and experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and techno-economic assessment, preferably coupled to industrial energy processes.

Excellent writing and communication skills in English are required. Experience of energy conversion plants, thermal energy conversion processes, biomass energy applications, industrial environments are meritorious. So is experience of practical laboratory work related to energy or material research and knowledge in thermodynamics calculations, especially related to process simulations.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg
Read more about working at Chalmers and our benefits for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20210365 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 29 September, 2021

For questions, please contact:
Henrik Leion, Associate professor
Energy and Materials, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
+46 (0)70 984 0345

Amir H Soleimani Salim, Researcher and project leader
Energy Technology
Department of Space, Earth and Environment
+46 (0)31 772 52 52

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