Vacancy No. 229/2024

Reserach Associate in the field of Chemical Engineering/ Chemistry on: Electrochemically assisted C02 Capture from Seawater (w/m/d)

Job description

The rising carbon dioxide (CO2) content in the atmosphere is a climate challenge and also affects the maritime environment. Seawater can contain up to 150times higher CO2 concentration compared to air, and thus, brings oceans as a  CO2 Source into play (Direct Ocean Capture, DOC). The aim of the project is to investigate and develop further a novel CO2 capture process from liquids similar to seawater. For this, a laboratory test bench comprised of a modified membrane destillation unit for the CO2 capture and an electrodialysis unit for the CO2 release will be setup and investigated. The experimental results will be complemented by simulations of the overall process and based on these strategies for optimised operation and data for a techno-economic assessment obtained.

Your tasks will be:

  • Setup and experimental investigation of a unit for the CO2 capture from seawater-type liquids
  • Simulation of the processes and the DOC system
  • Development of operation strategies
  • Techno-economic assessment of the overall system
  • Analysis and compilation of the research results and their publication

Beside the scientific work, you have the opportunity to do a doctorate.

Personal qualification

You should hold a Master in Chemical, Process, Environmental Engineering, Technical Chemistry or equivalent, coupled with a passion for research. Experience in process engineering (esp with membrane separation and/or electrochemical processes is a definite advantage. You also are a team player, show good communication skills and English language proficiency, and have a passion for research.


Salary category 13, depending on the fulfillment of professional and personal requirements.

Organizational unit

Institute for Micro Process Engineering (IMVT)

Starting date


Contract duration

3 Years

Application deadline


Contact person

For further information please contact Dr. Peter Holtappels,, Tel. +49 721 608-26995.



Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 229/2024 .
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Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1, 76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

We prefer to balance the number of employees (f/m/d). Therefore we kindly ask female applicants to apply for this job.
Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.