Research Associate in Conversion Technologies of Biobased Resources

University of Hohenheim Department of Soil Biology

Research Associate (m/f/d) in the field of Conversion Technologies of Biobased Resources (65% E13)

A sustainable economy in Europe requires large quantities of truly sustainable fuels. The CIRCULAIR project is developing a biorefinery concept for transport sectors where direct electrification is not feasible. Based on HTL technology (hydrothermal liquefaction), biomasses are converted into fuels for aviation. The possibility of obtaining further valuable by-products in a biorefinery concept (e.g.: acetic acid, methanol and carbon materials) increases the added value of the process chain, but also the possibility of CO2-negative production by fixing carbon in the value chain (carbon capture). As a partner in this project, the University of Hohenheim is investigating the use of the carbon in the HTL biochar produced as a by-product for technical carbon fixation and soil improvement. The position is to be filled from 01.02.2023 for a duration of 36 months, with the possibility of a PhD.

Your tasks

Laboratory and pilot plant trials are carried out on the functionalisation of biochar and an (agricultural) technical application of biochar is investigated. This includes microbiological degradation tests in cooperation with the Department of Soil Biology, but also external planting tests and investigations into the adsorption capacity. Specifically, you are entrusted with: - Carrying out experiments and accompanying analyses - Evaluation of results and preparation of project reports and publications - Presentation of results at national and international conferences

As a European project, close cooperation with Aarhus University (Denmark) and Complutense University Madrid (Spain) is planned.

Your profile

-          Completed Master's degree in agricultural engineering/science or related fields such as process engineering, chemical engineering with a focus on biomass conversion and in particular graduates "Biobased Products and Bioenergy -          Ability to work across disciplines and "systems thinking". -          Good to very good language skills in English and German -          Ideally previous knowledge in the field of pyrolysis coals/hydrocoals and/or soil science

Application deadline : 30.11.2022

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Contact person

M.Sc. Gero Becker

Conversion Technologies of Biobased Resources (440f)
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+49 (0)711-459 24785
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