Netherlands: 2 Post-doc Positions Catalysis for Lignin Conversion at Eindhoven University of Technology

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This project aims at the development of novel catalytic pathways for depolymerisation and upgrading of lignin towards value-added low-molecular weight products. The focus will be on catalytic lignin deoxygenation without the use of molecular hydrogen. The relationships between the structure and origin of lignin feedstock and its reactivity will also be investigated.

The project will involve synthesis and characterization of new heterogeneous catalysts, catalytic performance tests, detailed characterization and purification of reaction products, evaluation of reactivity of different lignin feedstocks. In addition to the main research project, the candidates are expected to assist Ph.D. students within the group. Two open positions are available for this project. A tight interaction between the successful candidates as well as with other partners within the national biomass conversion consortium is expected.



We seek highly talented, motivated and enthusiastic candidates who recently finished their PhD or will obtain their PhD degree soon in Catalysis, Chemical Engineering or Chemistry. Experience in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, lignin chemistry and catalyst synthesis is highly appreciated. The abilities of the candidates should be evident from her/his publication list. Outstanding practical and analytical skills, initiative and creativity are expected. A successful candidate should demonstrate good communication skills, fluency in English and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary and multinational team.

Conditions of employment

Employment conditions: 

We offer a challenging job for 1 years with the possibility for extension in a dynamic and ambitious interdisciplinary team at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology within the national CatchBio program aiming at developing new processes for catalytic valorization of biomass.

The gross monthly salary of postdoctoral fellows is in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities (CAO NU) and starts with € 2919,=. Besides this the TU/e has holiday- and end-of the year allowance, an excellent package of attractive benefits for employees, a child-care facility, and a modern sports complex. Assistance for finding accommodation can also be provided.

Additional information

Additional Information:

For more information about this vacancy please contact Dr. Evgeny Pidko ( or Prof. Emiel Hensen (

For information concerning employment conditions you can contact Ms. A.D. Boekema (Arianne), HR-advisor +31 (0)40 247 4960,

Application procedure:

To be considered for this position please send your application online. Selection will start immediately and continue until the position has been filled. The application should include the following documents:
An application letter that outlines your qualification, ambitions, interests and motivation for this position
A detailed CV including information about education, employment, research experience and skills, publication list and contact information of at least two references.

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