Post-doctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering, supported by an EIC Transition Grant (Horizon Europe), University of Graz (Uni Graz)

Posted 2 years ago

As part of the recently awarded prestigious EIC Transition Grant we are looking for a Chemical engineer (m/f/d).

The main goal of the project is to bring fundamental research results from the laboratory to an industrially relevant scale. We will ultimately seek commercialization of our bio-based products


    • Valorization of renewable waste-streams to value-added, bio-based products
    • Circular economy & Green chemistry
    • Process upscaling from lab-scale to kg scale, including process intensification
    • Optimization of developed synthesis routes
    • Description of material and energy flows/ construction of drawings of scaling activities and prototypes
    • Techno-economic evaluation of developed processes
    • Produce project reports and publish research results in reputed journals
    • Presenting at meetings with industrial partners and project advisory board members


  • PhD in chemical engineering or a related degree
  • Experience in process intensification and upscaling of organic chemistry transformations
  • Knowledge of the field of Green Chemistry and circular economy-related subjects
  • Prior experience with research related to renewable resources including analysis
  • Strong academic credentials, international profile is a plus
  • Ability to work in a team with special focus on integration of chemistry & engineering and business concepts
  • Motivated, excellent time management and independent project management capabilities


  • Minimum salary 4061,50 EUR gross/month (Salary scheme B1, University Collective Agreement)
  • Starting-date: 01.05.2022 – with an up to 3-year full time (40 h/week) contract
  • A dynamic and multidisciplinary research environment with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Possibility to be involved in entrepreneurial training and the founding of a spin-off

Application instruction

Applicants should provide the following information in their application:

  • Cover Letter (including motivation, qualifications and possible synergy with the project).
  • A detailed CV including technical / analytical skills and a list of publications.
  • Copy of PhD diploma or equivalent.
  • Three reference letters or contact information for referees who can provide those.

The paper documents are continuously assessed and fitting candidates complying with the requirements are invited for Skype interviews as soon as possible.

About the working group

Research in the Barta Group is centered around Green Chemistry and sustainable catalysis with special focus on the conversion of renewable resources while combining approaches in homogeneous catalysis, heterogeneous catalysis as well as the use of alternative solvents. Activities also include biopolymer analytics and the development of innovative biorefinery approaches. We aim to establish a strong program towards circular bioproducts including bio-based polymers, fine chemicals as well as carbon-neutral liquid transportation fuels.

About the university

At the University of Graz, researchers and students work across a broad disciplinary spectrum to enlarge our knowledge, and find strategies to deal with challenges our society is confronted with and to shape tomorrow’s world. The University of Graz is a place which combines high quality academic research and teaching, where achievement is rewarded, careers are promoted, and social diversity is encouraged – all within a modern, award-winning working environment. Our motto: We work for tomorrow Join us!

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. The University of Graz actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. People with disabilities and who meet the requirements are expressly invited to apply.

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Job CategoryTeaching and scientific research, Postdoctoral

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