School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH

Job description

Substantial quantities of waste plastic have resulted in detrimental effects on the environment and ecosystems. Thermal pyrolysis is one of the most promising ways in large-scale plastic recycling towards the generation of fuel and useful chemicals. However, there are still drawbacks and limitations in the existing pyrolysis processes for recycling plastic wastes, e.g. low quality due to the difficulty of controlling process temperature, complicated process, and high consumption of protective gas. With the financial support from the EU and the Swedish Energy Agency, we are looking for a postdoc to work on the development of a new thermal pyrolysis process for recycling two types of plastic wastes, glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) from waste wind blade and PVC. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work together with more than 20 industrial partners.

The main responsibilities include:

  • Develop a new lab-scale reactor for testing and optimizing the pyrolysis processes of GFRP and PVC.
  • Characterize the products of the pyrolysis processes at different operation temperatures.
  • Lead and manage project phases, from planning and resource allocation to adaptive problem solving, ensuring scalability and replicability in real-world applications.

What we offer

  • A position at a leading technical university that generates knowledge and skills for a sustainable future
  • Engaged and ambitious colleagues along with a creative, international and dynamic working environment
  • Work in Stockholm, in close proximity to nature
  • Help to relocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH

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  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree in the field of thermal energy engineering or chemical engineering. This eligibility requirement must be met no later than the time the employment decision is made.
  • Proven research experience in thermal pyrolysis processes, including new reactor development, catalyst selection, measurement system design and characterization products.
  • Operating experience in related instruments, such as TGA-FTIR, GC-MS, SEM and XRD.
  • Skills in writing scientific articles, reports and technical documentation in English as it is part of the work.

Preferred qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or an equivalent foreign degree, obtained within the last three years prior to the application deadline
  • Excellent knowledge of plastic recycling industry.
  • A good track record in scientific publication.
  • Research expertise
  • Teaching abilities
  • Awareness of diversity and equal opportunity issues, with specific focus on gender equality
  • Collaborative abilities
  • Independence

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About the employment

The position offered is for, at the most, two years.

A position as a postdoctoral fellow is a time-limited qualified appointment focusing mainly on research, intended as a first career step after a dissertation.


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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 1st of August 2024 or according to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 100 %
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number M-2024-1026
  • Wujun Wang,
Published 03.Jun.2024
Last application date 24.Jun.2024 11:59 PM CEST

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