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CIC energiGUNE

Postdoctoral researcher on catalysts development for sustainable fuel generation from waste

Research Field: Chemistry 
Sub Research Field:  

Job Summary

CIC energiGUNE is seeking an experienced person to work in the development of batch and continuous-flow reactors for the valorization of CO2 and/or plastic waste to decarbonized products and in catalysis field. The designed reactors will cover heating by conventional and non-conventional (microwaves, induction etc.,) heating sources. The selected person will participate in the Pathfinder OPEN project WASTE2H2, which received funding from European commission and is dedicated to develop by rational design novel ionic liquid-based catalytic systems to tackle efficient and selective plastic waste deconstruction to fuels and other decarbonized valuable materials under non-conventional heating sources. In addition, the selected candidate is expected to contribute to bust the new research line focused in catalytic systems development for efficient and selective CO2 conversion into e-fuels of fuels additives. The research will span basic to applied research technology for waste management.

Job Description

Job function:

- To improve synthetic strategies for the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel catalysts/catalytic system in collaboration with other team members.
- To design and set-up fixed-bed, batch, and other reactors under non-conventional and conventional heating sources to carry out the targeted reactions.
- To implement characterization tools to analyze in batch/continuous the targeted reaction products.
- To work closely with the principal investigator and team members to maintain a high level of scientific productivity.
- To prepare, present, and report research results and publish scientific results in key peer-reviewed journals in due time.

Area: Thermal Energy Storage and Conversion (Thermocatalysis and Ionic Liquids Research Group)



- We are offering a 3-year contract and advantageous professional development opportunities with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance, continuing availability of funds, and ongoing operational needs.
- Flexible working hours and with on-site work model with the option to eventually telework.
- Full access to cutting-edge laboratory facilities and characterization platforms.
- The incorporation to a top research center in Europe that makes high quality research and impactful contributions to the energy and sustainability fields.
- Professional and personal development: opportunity to attend seminars, international conferences, training courses, etc.
- Integrated, enthusiastic, international and multidisciplinary environment.
- A welcome program that offers help with finding accommodation and addresses other aspects to help you integrate into the local environment (such as free language courses, assistance with the administrative procedures, help with schools for children…).

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All applicants are invited to submit their applications including a cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, a recommendation letter and their academic records at this website:

The selection process ends once the candidate is selected.

CIC energiGUNE is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

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Job Details

Type of Contract Temporary 
Researcher profile Recognised Researcher (R2), Established Researcher (R3)  
Status Full-time 
Hours Per Week 40  
Company/Institute CIC energiGUNE 
Country SPAIN 
State/Province Álava 
City Vitoria-Gasteiz 

Organization/Institute Contact Data

Organization CIC energiGUNE 
Organization/Institution Type Research Laboratory 
Faculty/Department/Research Lab  
Country SPAIN 
City Minano 
State/Province ALAVA 
Postal Code 01510 
Street Albert Einstein 48 
Phone + 34 945 297 108 
Mobile Phone  

Application Details

Envisaged Job Starting Date 2024-08-01 
Application Deadline 2024-07-31 
How To Apply 

Required Education Level

Required Education Level 1
Degree PhD or equivalent 
Degree Field Chemistry 

Required Research Experiences

Required Research Experiences 1
Research Field Chemistry 
Research Sub Field  
Years of Research Experience 3 

Required Languages

Required Languages 1
Language ENGLISH 
Language Level Excellent 

Additional Requirements


Specific Requirements

- A PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, or a related field
- Demonstrable experience in catalysis (homogeneous and heterogeneous) and design and characterization of catalysts.
- Demonstrable experience in operation and set-up of batch and continuous-flow reactors.
- Preferably knowledge in CO2 and/or plastic waste upgrading to fuels and chemicals.
- Familiarity with analytical tools to determine compositions of complex mixtures.
- Familiarity with non-conventional heating sources such as microwaves and/or induction heating.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
- Ability to function well in a fast-paced research environment, set priorities to accomplish multiple tasks within deadlines, and adapt to ever changing needs.
- Very good verbal and written communication skills in English.