PhD Scholarship: Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis at Utrecht University in Netherlands 2021

Utrecht University in the Netherlands invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis in the 2021/22 academic session.

Decades of polymer engineering have led to various plastic materials with a variety of tuneable properties and applications. Considerably less effort has gone into strategies on how to deal with the waste created. The majority of plastic waste is landfilled, burned, or leaks to the environment. Unfortunately only 12 % (by weight) is recycled globally, mainly because the predominantly applied recycling technique of melting and re-extrusion produces a lower quality plastic. In this project you will develop chemical pathways to recycle polyolefin waste. There are three projects available:

  • thermo-oxidative degradation of polyethylene to valuable carboxylic acids;
  • developing a supported catalyst for the supercritical solvolysis of polyethylene;
  • and rational design of an impurity-resistant catalyst for solvent-assisted polyolefin cracking to aromatics.

Worth of Award

  • You will be offered a temporary position (1.0 FTE), initially for 18 months, with an extension to a total of four years upon a successful assessment after 18 months.
  • The gross salary ranges between €2,395 in the first year and €3,061 in the fourth year of employment (scale P according to the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities) per month for a full-time employment.
  • Salaries are supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and a year-end bonus of 8.3% per year. In addition, Utrecht University offers excellent secondary conditions, including an attractive retirement scheme, (partly paid) parental leave and flexible employment conditions (multiple choice model).
ALSO READ:   ICTP Postdoctoral Fellowships for outstanding Young Scientists in Italy 2022


They are looking for a candidate with a Master’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, with a focus on catalysis. Their perfect candidate:

  • has a strong interest in the fields of heterogeneous catalysis, spectroscopy, and/or analytical chemistry;
  • is proficient in spoken and written English;
  • is creative and a team player with good communicative skills;
  • has hands-on experience in using or building chemical set-ups in the lab environment;
  • is able to work independently in a multidisciplinary environment.

You should be able to perform complex and thorough investigations into catalyst materials and performances, and therefore you should have the ability to quickly learn new techniques and develop the technical expertise to work with catalytic testing set-ups.

ALSO READ:   Amsterdam Merit Scholarships in Humanities in the Netherlands 2022

How to Apply

If you have the expertise and the experience to excel in this role, then simply respond via the “Apply now” button! Please enclose:

  • your letter of motivation;
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least two references.

Deadline: applications close July 31, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply