Researcher Lignin depolymerization

Functieomschrijving

You will be member of our SPOT team (https://spot.vito.be/en) with a focus on the optimization of continuous catalytic depolymerization of lignin and biomass. This strategic research theme is focusing on the use of wood/lignin as an alternative feedstock for the production of biobased aromatics. In this respect, VITO is co-initiator of Biorizon, an industry driven Shared Research Center, focusing on technology development for the production of functionalized, biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. As the leading institute, VITO coordinates the development of lignin derived bio-aromatics. More information available on www.vito.be and www.biorizon.eu


As Researcher lignin depolymerization you will develop, optimize and translate lignin depolymerization technology in close collaboration with other researchers and the operators of the pilot.


  • You develop and optimize lignin depolymerizaton technology at lab scale
  • You translate the technology from lab to pilot in close collaboration with pilot operators.
  • You debottleneck the pilot’s testing via feedback to lab experiments and research program.

Our team is embedded in VITO with the vision to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world. As a SPOT team we believe bioaromatics are an essential part to make that happen. Interested? Check below if you match the profile that we are looking for this position.

Functievereisten

  • You have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • Background in biomass and flow systems is recommended
  • You have a result-driven character capable of translating theory to practice and vice versa and are able to find solutions.
  • You are interested to acquire hands-on experience by running innovative experimental set-ups and coordinating lab activities.
  • Knowledge on working on process development is an asset, as well as conceptual design know how.
  • You are proactive, motivated and an excellent team player who enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • You are fluent in English and eager to write scientific papers and/or patents. Knowledge of Dutch might be an asset.