21/04/2021
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Researcher coke formation (18865) - Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Ghent University
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryMolecular chemistry
    ChemistryOther
    EngineeringChemical engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    27/04/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Gent
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Part-time

OFFER DESCRIPTION

   →  Apply before 27/04/2021 23:59 (Brussels Time)
   →  Faculty of Engineering and Architecture  
   →  Department: EA11 - Materialen, Textiel en Chemische Proceskunde
   →  Occupancy rate: 50%
   →  Number of positions: 1.00    
   →  Type of employment: Contract of limited duration 
   →  Term of assignment: 3 maanden 
   →  Wage scale:  WM1 to WM4 (master degree or doctoral decree) 
   →  Required diploma: Master or PhD 

 

 

ABOUT GHENT UNIVERSITY

Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.

YOUR TASKS

Light olefins such as ethylene and propylene are the most important basic chemicals for the
petro-chemical industry. The dominant process to manufacture them is the thermal cracking in the presence of steam. Coke deposition on the inner wall of the tubular cracking reactors
is the main drawback of this process. The resulting coke layer reduces the cross-sectional
area of the tubular reactors, causing a continuous increasing pressure drop. Thus, bimolecular reactions gain ground, leading to lower olefin selectivity. In addition, the resistance to heat transfer from the furnace to the feed is increased. All the above lead to
higher tube metal temperatures and eventually, to process shutdown in order to decoke the
reactors. This negatively affects the desirable production and the economics of the process.

So far, only a limited number of studies have been carried out evaluating the effect of metal surface technologies, including the use of low-coking alloys and coatings.
The challenge of this project is to gain deeper understanding of the parameters that influence coking rates and to support the team in developing analytical or statistical measures and method that can be used to estimate coking rates through extensive experimentation on lab scale. This will help to optimize the runlength of steam crackers, determine optimal pretreatment conditions, and maximize its profit.
Your tasks are aimed at further development and support of chemical expertise at UGhent, in line with general objectives of UGhent. The daily tasks are monitored by prof. Kevin Van Geem.

Your main tasks and responsibilities include:

•    You introduce innovative ideas and collaborate with cross functional team within UGhent in order to reduce process deviations in units relating to coke formation studies. You optimize and track process conditions to improve the performance of the process unit. You develop solutions to problems utilizing formal education, statistical knowledge, and in-house tools.
•    You have the technical knowledge for analytical measurement techniques such as 2D GC, RGA, IR.
•    You have good project management skills, you will plan and schedule process lab activities effectively with the team in order to improve overall equipment effectiveness.
•    You will act as a point of contact between industry and academia to support the R&D program needs in process units relating to coke formation studies.
•    You have the strong ability to provide technical support and troubleshoot currently employed process units by root cause analyses.
•    You will write articles for scientific and technical journals.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

-    You hold a Master’s degree (or preferably graduate/finishing PhD) in chemical engineering.
-    You have a thorough understanding, knowledge and expertise in the field of chemical engineering.
-    You have experience in working with refinery gas analyzer and 2D gas chromatography.
-    You have the knowledge of lean manufacturing techniques.
-    You have an analytical mindset who likes to take initiatives.
-    You live in Belgium or are willing to settle here for the duration of the appointment.
-    You have clear communication and mediation skills.
-    You are able to present the centers in an adequate manner.
-    You are flexible.

WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU

-    We offer you a contract of definite duration for the period from 3 months.
-     Your contract will start on 24/05/2021 at the earliest with occupancy rate 50%.
-    Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master’s degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate).  Click here for more information about our salary scales.
-    All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 35 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

INTERESTED?

Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

Your application must include the following documents:

-    In the field ‘CV’: your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
-    In the field ‘Cover letter’: your application letter in pdf format
-    In the field ‘Diploma’: a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
-    In the field “other documents”: a reference letter, an overview of your study results,  …  

Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Kevin Van Geem (Kevin.VanGeem@UGent.be, +32(0)9/264.55.97). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

 

Do you have a question? Please read our FAQ regarding the online application process.

More Information

Web site for additional job details

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    4 - 10
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Ghent University
Belgium
Gent
9000
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33

EURAXESS offer ID: 631574
Posting organisation offer ID: 157566

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