TU Delft

PhD Position Inclusive Value Chains for Maritime Biofuels

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€ 2.000 - 3.000
Faculty Applied Sciences

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Functie omschrijving

The Biotechnology & Society group of Delft University of Technology is looking for a PhD candidate for a project on designing inclusive value chains for maritime biofuels production (CLEAN SHIPPING), which is carried out in collaboration with industrial partners. The shipping industry is in direct need of clean and sustainable fuels. This project addresses the design and sustainability assessment of full value chains to produce shipping biofuels from local biobased feedstocks to technological requirements (conceptual process design and modelling) to the final distribution and use.

CLEAN SHIPPING focusses on major social, environmental and technical issues in the transition to design inclusive biobased value chains for maritime biofuels, and it also seeks to develop new business models to overcome these issues. To ensure the sustainable production of maritime biofuels, we aim to develop conceptual process designs and supply chain designs along with their sustainability assessment (techno-economic evaluation, environmental impacts assessment and social impacts analysis) while considering the local context.

The project involves case-studies for different feedstocks in Africa and South-America. Based on technical, environmental and social indicators, this project seeks to develop an integrated sustainability assessment that will lead to robust and viable biobased value chains.

The research will be conducted in close collaboration with a variety of biobased industry and shipping industry partners. The project is part of a Responsible Innovation project which also involves another PhD-candidate focussing on the development of added value in feedstock production for local communities, a postdoc focussing on technical fuel aspects (at a different TUDelft research group) and a postdoc focussing on sustainable business models for feedstock production.

Intended starting date is December 1, 2020.

Functie eisen

  • a Master’s degree or near completion of Master’s degree in environmental technology, environmental science, sustainability management, (bio)process or (bio)chemical engineering or a comparable programme

  • affinity with biobased economy and sustainability assessment

  • excellent English for both writing and presentation skills

  • quantitative research skills

  • willingness to spend time abroad

  • willingness to work with industry


TU Delft offers PhD-candidates a 4-year contract, with an official go/no go progress assessment after one year. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2395 per month in the first year to € 3061 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. For international applicants we offer the Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice to assist you with your relocation.

Informeren en solliciteren

For more information about this vacancy, please contact dr. John Posada Duque, Assistant Professor, email: j.a.PosadaDuque@tudelft.nl.

To apply, please provide a PDF consisting of an application letter, CV (with two professional references), and copies of lists of your courses and grades in your Master’s education. Please e-mail your application by October 4, 2020 to Anka Montanus, A.M.Montanus@tudelft.nl. Interviews are planned for October 12.

A pre-employment screening can be part of the application procedure.

Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld.

Uren: 38.0 uur per week Type vacature: Intern


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  • Voor deze functie is er geen minimale werkervaring vereist

Wat wij bieden

Salaris: € 2.395,- tot € 3.061,- per maand

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