Postdoc Urban application of materials derived from organic waste

Research / Academic

The Department of Biotechnology within Delft University of Technology's Faculty of Applied Sciencse has two research projects in collaboration with Amsterdam Insitute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute, see below for more info).

Both projects focus on producing high-value materials from urban organic wastestreams. The COMPRO-projects produces Re-plex, a composite material entirely from wastewater, the FABULOUS project produces PHA from organic waste.

Finding the best urban application of both materials is a key deliverable in both projects. As many social, legal and market aspects of product development from organic waste streams are the same in both processes, we are looking for one researcher to work on both projects. Time distribution over projects will be approx. 1/3 on FABULOUS, 2/3 on COMPRO.

You will be working on:

- identification of social, legal, technical and market design criteria for products made from PHA and Re-plex

- identifying urban applications for products made from PHA and Re-plex

- in the case of PHA: assessing influence of (higher-value) PHA production on organic waste collection in Amsterdam

- Students of the AMS Institute master MADE are closely connected to the topics and activities of AMS Institute. In their curriculum you will guide them when working on projects related to these topics

- developing future research directions related to these topics

The researcher will work in close collaboration with a post-doc at AMS Institute who is managing COMPRO and FABULOUS. Work will, if COVID-19 situation allows, take place at AMS Institute.



The ideal candidate:

- is a researcher who combines academic knowledge with social engagement.

- has a completed PhD degree on biotechnology, chemistry, urbanism, industrial ecology, circular economy, industrial design or similar

- has strong affinity with translating scientific knowledge in real-life applications

- knows how to involve scientists, policymakers and business partners to successfully work on project goals

- has the ability to work fully independently, but knows how to connect activities to broader institute goals & ambitions

- enjoys teaching and supervising students

- has a strong affinity with the mission and methods of AMS Institute.

- is enthusiastic about the possibilities a young and growing institute as AMS Institute offers

- speaks and writes English fluently

- has excellent communication and reporting skills

Salary Benefits:

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount 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. An International Children's Centre offers childcare and there is an international primary school.

Work Hours:

24 - 32 hours per week


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