Postdoctoral Position in Environmental Chemistry

UmU LogoUmeå University is one of the Bio4Energy partner organisations.

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This postdoctoral position is part of a larger project demonstrating integrated production of methane and carbonised biomaterials from forest biomass. The main focus is on carbonisation of lignin and digestion residues using hydrothermal Bio4energy cmykcarbonisation (HTC), activation of the HTC chars, and chemical evaluation of the produced carbon materials.

This postdoctoral position is part of a larger research project where we will be demonstrating the integrated production of methane and carbonised biomaterials (biochar, activated carbon, and carbon fiber) from forest biomass. By organosolv pre-treatment of the biomass we can extract a lignin fraction isolated in high yield and high purity. The carbohydrate fraction from the pre-treatment will be used for the conversion of methane by digestion, while the lignin will be the feedstock for conversion to carbonised materials.

You will mainly work on the carbonisation of lignin and digestates by means of hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC). Some of the biochars be further refined to activated carbon and/or carbon fibres. You will both evaluate the way in which the chemical and physical properties of the biochars, activated carbons and carbon fibres are related to the origin and pre-treatment of forest-sourced raw materials, and also the performance of the carbonised materials as water purification adsorbents.

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PhD Student in Energy Engineering: Sustainable Phosphorus Recovery

ltuThe Division of Energy Science at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) has an open position in the subject of Energy Engineering. Your research will focus on thermochemical processes, such as biomass gasification processes, for the effective and sustainable recovery of phosphorus from sludge containing organic and inorganic waste. At the LTU, you will collaborate with researchers specialised in energy and waste technology development, and more widely with people in academia and at research institutes nationally and internationally, as well as in process industry and equipment manufacturers. 

The deadline for application is 30 April 2017. For more information, go to Open Positions on the LTU website.

The Luleå University of Technology is one of the Bio4Energy partner organisations.

EU Cohesion Policy for PhD Students, Early-career Researchers

15th European Week of Regions and Cities 2017: Regions and cities working for a better future

5th Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy for PhD students and Early Career researchers

8-12 October 2017, Brussels


As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers for the fifth time between 9 and 12 October 2017. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. In particular, it will serve to

  • discuss recent research on European regional and urban development and EU Cohesion Policy;

  • enable PhD students and early career researchers to exchange views and network with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics;

  • raise awareness and understanding of the research potential in the field of EU Cohesion Policy.

This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects.

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Call opening FRANCE - PRESTIGE Postdoc Programme

The PRESTIGE programme is co-financed under the Marie Curie Actions-COFUND of the FP7

The PRESTIGE programme, coordinated by Campus France, aims at fostering the international mobility of post-doc researchers.

Three mobility schemes are available:

- Incoming, allowing foreign researchers to carry out their post-doctoral research work in France;

- Outgoing, for researchers from France wishing to carry out a post-doctoral research project in another country;

- Re-integration, targeted at nationals of EU Member States or Associated countries working in research for at least 3 years in another Third Country to come to France to further develop their career.

PRESTIGE is a co-financing programme, funding about 1/3 of the post-doc fellow's living, mobility and research allowance, while the remaining 2/3 are financed by another partner, either public or private.


Any post-doc level researcher complying with the Marie Curie Actions mobility rules (not have resided or carried out his/her main activity -work, studies, etc. in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the application deadline) may apply for funding through PRESTIGE programme. Furthermore, each applicant has to secure co-financing for his/her PRESTIGE mobility from the host organisation (for Incoming and Re-integration schemes) or sending organisation (for the Outgoing scheme).

The PRESTIGE Call for applications is open all year long with four cut-off dates. The next ones are: 30 September 2016, 31 December 2016, 31 March 2017, 30 June 2017

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IIASA Postdoctoral Fellowships

ii logo nameIIASA in Austria is a highly appreciated cooperation partner to the scientists on Bio4Energy System Analysis and Bioeconomy.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are available at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for Researchers in:
  • Natural and Social Sciences
  • Mathematical Sciences and Modelling
  • Interdisciplinary and Sustainability Sciences
  • Integrated Assessment
  • Management and Policy
IIASA located in Schloss Laxenburg near Vienna, Austria, provides full funding for a number of postdoctoral researchers each year. Scholars conduct their own research on topics closely related to one or more projects on IIASA's agenda.

Upcoming application deadlines:                2016: 1 October                        2017: 1 April, 1 October

Postdoctoral positions are of up to two years' duration, and can begin up to six months after selection.

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