Vacancy No. 352/2024

Academic Worker (f/m/d)

in the field of chemical engineering or process engineering (part-time 75%)

Job description

The IKFT is developing fast pyrolysis for the liquefaction of biogenic residues. The material use of by-products is highly relevant. In this context, you will be working on the use of the solid by-product biochar. The focus is on the development of a suitable post-treatment in order to adapt the product qualities for different applications. Suitable reactors will be developed for integration of the post-treatment into the fast pyrolysis process.

In particular, you will be responsible for the following tasks

  • the thermal post-treatment of biochar from fast pyrolysis and its influence on product quality
  • the determination of biochar activation kinetics with water vapor/CO2/CO and, if applicable, short-chain organics from the pyrolysis of biomass
  • the development of suitable reactor concepts and integration into the fast pyrolysis process.
  • interface to the EU PYRAGRAF project in relation to biochar production and biochar post-treatment

The activity is suitable for a doctorate. A doctorate is desired.

Personal qualification

You hold a university degree (Master / Diploma (Uni) in the field of chemical engineering or process engineering. Alternatively, you graduated in chemistry or physics with proven experience in the field of process development. You also have experience and knowledge in the field of characterization of biochar / biochar and/or relevant analytical methods as well as experience in setting up and conducting experiments.


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

Organizational unit

Institute of Catalysis Research und Technology (IKFT)

Starting date


Contract duration

3 years.

Application up to


Contact person in line-management

For further information, please contact Dr. Axel Funke,


Please apply online using the button below for this vacancy number 352/2024 .
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phone: +49 721 608-25004,

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.