Postdoctoral fellow in Process Metallurgy
Luleå, Sverige
Type of Employment Full-time
Job position Research assistant
Work model On location
Application due date 31 July 2024
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with a focus on hydrometallurgical recycling of rare and strategic metals Luleå University of Technology is in strong growth with world-leading competence in several research areas. We shape the future through innovative education and ground-breaking research results, and based on the Arctic region, we create global social benefit. Our scientific and artistic research and education are conducted in close collaboration with international, national and regional companies, public actors and leading universities. Luleå University of Technology has a total turnover of SEK 1.9 billion per year. We currently have 1,840 employees and 17,670 students. In the coming years, multi-billion sums will be invested in Norrbotten and Västerbotten in large projects aimed at a more sustainable society nationally as well as globally. Luleå University of Technology is involved in several of these highly topical research projects and the social transformation that follows. We have a wide range of training to match the skills that are in demand. We hope you will help us build the sustainable companies and communities of the future. In process metallurgy, we research the efficient extraction of metals via sustainable methods from primary and secondary resources using pyro- and/or hydrometallurgical methods. We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainable Metal Recycling—Hydrometallurgy & Circular Economy, which together with PhD students and senior researchers will carry out research work on resource-efficient recycling of rare and strategic metals. The postdoctoral position will be part of a research project in hydrometallurgical processing of various materials, mainly from residual products generated by anthropogenic activities. The project is a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and the Wallenberg initiative Materials Science for Sustainability (WISE), funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. Collaboration between LTU and WISE aims primarily to carry out material science research at the international forefront to strengthen sustainable technologies with a positive impact on society and to train future leaders in society, industry and academia. Subject description Process metallurgy includes the sustainable extraction of metals from primary and secondary raw materials based on both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical methods Project description The project is linked to hydrometallurgical methods for the circular that leads to sustainability in the extraction and recycling of rare and strategic metals. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will play a central role in achieving the research goals by developing new extraction routes and process flows with integrated hydrometallurgical techniques, while minimizing carbon dioxide emissions and the use of hazardous chemicals. The goal is to produce highly efficient metals/compounds of high purity needed for applications within the green transition. The technology and concepts will have applications in industrial production and will be validated on a pilot scale. In addition, fundamental studies will require understanding of mass transfer phenomena, reaction kinetics and the influencing role of various parameters as well as the thermodynamics involved in hydrometallurgical processes. Weighing the environmental impact using life cycle analysis and assessing the sustainability of the process within the circular economy is highly desirable for this project. The specific tasks of the project are to: (i) develop a new recycling process for the extraction of strategic and rare metals from various waste products, (ii) investigate integrated recycling techniques for efficient synthesis of precursors for cathodes and anodes from rechargeable batteries with different compositions, and ( iii) evaluate the circularity of energy critical elements. Job duties Scientific research and education. As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you are expected to independently carry out experimental and theoretical work within the specified research questions, report the results, instruct doctoral students, assist with project management and take responsibility for funding applications within the group's focus areas. The research will mainly be carried out at LTU in Luleå, but experiments/trials with industrial partners may also be included. Qualifications To be eligible for employment, a doctorate or an equivalent foreign degree in Process Metallurgy, metal recycling or similar is required. You will be expected to have good experience in hydrometallurgical unit operations and experience in primary metal recovery and recycling processes, particularly in dealing with critical, strategic and rare earth elements. The ideal candidate should have hands-on experience in pilot-scale hydrometallurgical processes for scale-up of developed lab-scale processes, particularly operation of mixer-settler units for solution extraction and high-pressure leaching techniques as well as familiarity with various analytical techniques such as XRD, SEM, ICP, FT-IR, etc. Since focus is on low-carbon circular economy for recycling metals for industrial use, the ability to perform life cycle assessment together with global warming potentials and sustainability evaluation as well as industrial R&D exposure is very important. You should have a good list of publications and command English in writing and orally. Information For this employment, a full-time employment period of two years applies, with the possibility of an extension of 1 year. Place of employment Luleå. Access by agreement. For further information, please contact Bitr. professor Sadia Ilyas, (+46)920-49 3905, Union representative: SACO-S Kjell Johansson, 0920-49 1529 OFR-S Lars Frisk, 0920-49 1792 Full advertisement: Application We prefer that you apply for the position via the application button below, where you attach a personal letter as well as a CV/curriculum vitae and copies of verified diplomas. Please mark your application with the reference number below. Both the application and degree certificate must be written in Swedish or English. Application deadline: 31 July 2024 Reference number: 2117-2024