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Two PhD or PostDoc positions in the field of Up-scaled Microbial Electrolysis Cells

Mikrobielle Elektrolyse Zelle

Starting from Autumn 2019, the Department of Environmental Process Engineering at the University of Bremen (Germany) seeks candidates for two PhD or PostDoc positions (42 months) in the field of up-scaled Microbial Electrolysis Cells for the generation of hydrogen from industrial wastewater. Candidates should hold a PhD/Master’s degree (or equivalent) in

Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biotechnology (or related fields)

Your tasks

In close collaboration with project partners from chemistry, microbiology, and industry you will be responsible for the design, construction, and characterization of an up-scaled microbial electrolysis cell system for the production of H2 and CO2 from high-strength industrial waste water. Initially, the project tasks include the development of electrode materials, the construction of up-scaled test cells, and the evaluation of operating strategies. Later on, a 1 m²-prototype will be constructed with special regard to minimized cost and environmental impact of the construction materials. In this context, numerical simulation tools will be used to optimize the design with respect to minimized electrical losses as well as optimized hydrodynamics and mass transfer. Finally, the complete system will be coupled to a dimethyl ether synthesis reactor of a project partner and extensively characterized with real industrial effluent (see Figure).

Your profile

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with excellent scientific record. Successful candidates must be good experimentators and possess strong com-munication skills. Ideally, the candidates are adept to scientific publication and have previous experience in the fields of bio-electrochemistry, construction, and simulation.

What we offer

The University of Bremen and its Center for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technology offer an excellent scientific environment for interdisciplinary research. The full-time position is affiliated to the Department of Environmental Process Engineering. Our interdisciplinary research is focused on fundamentals, materials, and processes for sustainable environmental engineering and biotechnology.

For further inquiries and applications please contact:

Prof. Dr.-Ing Sven Kerzenmacher

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