Postdoc in Dynamic Modelling of an Electrically Heated Catalytic Steam Reforming Reactor

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The position is placed in the CHEC research group at the Department of Chemical Engineering. We carry out internationally recognized research on catalysis and high temperature processes such as combustion, gasification and pyrolysis in a close collaboration with industry and other universities. 

The novel new electrically driven steam methane reforming technology (eSMR) developed by Haldor Topsøe A/S is compact and has a low capital investment. In a grand vision, methanol production based on the eSMR technology could enable producing methanol in periods where sustainable electricity is available in excess. In the project, the eSMR-MeOH technology is demonstrated in industrial relevant size of a 10 kg/h methanol pilot plant for upgrading biogas. Also, a techno economic process integration evaluation is made and the reactor operation is studied by dynamic modelling. By completion of the project, the technology will be matured for immediate market integration as an original route for sustainable feasible methanol production. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The post doc position involves developing a chemical engineering dynamic reactor model of the electrically driven catalytic steam reforming process. The model should be compared to experimental data from both a smaller lab scale reactor as well as the pilot plant reactor and used to improve the understanding of the interplay of the processes in the reactor under transient operation, such as heat release by ohmic resistance, heat consumption by the steam reforming reaction, flow and diffusion. If time allows modelling of the full process, including the downstream methanol synthesis, should be included to obtain a full dynamic model. The project is in close collaboration with the company Haldor Topsøe. 

Candidates should have a PhD degree in chemical engineering and documented extensive experience in dynamic modelling of chemical catalytic reactors. 

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is for 2 years and the starting date is as soon as possible. 

The workplace will be DTU Lyngby Campus 

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Further information 
Further information may be obtained from Professor Anker Degn Jensen, +45 4525 2841, email:

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 31 October 2020. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Candidates may apply prior to ob­tai­ning their PhD degree, but cannot begin before having received it. 

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered. 

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

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