PhD Student: Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering 539 views

The Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering at Ghent University is inviting applications for a PhD position. This project investigates whether the waste fraction that cannot be recycled yet, can be used for both its energetic and its reductive potential as alternative reductant in a blast furnace. This would substitute for part of the cokes in a blast furnace, hereby decreasing the CO2 emissions. In the project, two routes for the production of alternative reductants will be investigated: the coke making route and the torrefaction route.

About the position:
  • This vacancy aims to select a PhD researcher having an operations engineering, sustainable and innovative natural resource management, materials engineering, chemical engineering, business engineering, chemistry or a similar background.
  • The goal of this PhD project is the investigation of the use of these alternative reductants in a blast furnace via techno-economic analysis, while keeping in mind which material parameters are essential for the steel production and waste handling.
  • The research will be counselled by the research group Sustainable Materials Science at Ghent University.


  • Applicant must hold an M.Sc. degree in Operations Engineering, Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Business Engineering, Chemistry or another similar degree.
  • Knowledge of Techno-economic assessment is an advantage.
  • A background in thermodynamics and kinetics is also a plus.
  • Applicant must have a strong motivation for conducting scientific research and dealing with complex research questions.
  • Applicant must possess structured and creative problem-solving abilities, strong analytical and technical skills, critical scientific mindset and take responsibility for the development of your work.
  • Applicant must have excellent English communication skills (written and oral). – Knowledge of Dutch is a plus.

How to apply:

Application to be sent including electronically to: including copies of higher-education degrees, grade transcripts and the name and contact details (e-mail) of three people willing to give a reference should be sent (please mention “PhD vacancy alternative reductants” in the subject line).

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization Ghent University
Country Belgium
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas

Operations Engineering, Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Business Engineering, Chemistry

Fellowship amount Varies
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline Aug 23, 2021

Company Information
  • Total Jobs 47 Jobs
  • Address Belgium
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