Researcher in Training position to work on catalytic upgrading and co-processing of holocellulose-derived bio-oils

Application Form Deadline: Nov 4th, 2021

IMDEA Energy Institute is a María de Maeztu Center of Excellence whose objective is to develop R&D activities in the fields of renewable energies and clean energy technologies by establishing strong links with leading companies in the energy sector. (


IMDEA Energy is opening a Researcher in Training Position for the Thermochemical Processes Unit looking for talented and motivated candidates to work in topics related with the catalytic upgrading of holocellulose-derived bio-oils by co-processing with both bioalcohols and non-edible vegetable oils. These activities will be performed in the context of the ADBIOCAP project.

The mains tasks will be: 

  • Research in the development of zeolites and their characterization by a number of techniques.
  • Research in the catalytic pyrolysis of holocellulose and its co-processing with other feedstocks at different scale reaction setups.
  • To generate research outputs and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas.
  • To contribute to the communication and dissemination of the research results through high-quality scientific channels including high impact scientific publications, presentation in congresses, etc.
  • Supervision of Master and undergraduate students.



Compulsory Requirements: 

  • B.Sc. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
  • Having less than 4 years in possession of this official degree.
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related topics.

Merits to value:

  • Experience in experimental research activities on the synthesis of zeolites and on several characterization techniques of materials like XRD, SEM, TPD, FTIR, determination of textural properties by gas adsorption, etc.
  • Experience in experimental research activities on lab-scale reaction setups at different reaction conditions (e.g. medium-high temperature reactors, pressurized systems, continuous solids feeding system, etc.).
  • Experience in analytical techniques, such as GC, GC-MS, TGA, elemental analysis, etc.
  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English.
Selection Criteria
  • Adequacy of the candidate's training to the requested profile.
  • Work experience related to the profile of the job position.
  • Knowledge of English

Remuneration: 13.300 € annual gross salary.

Duration: One year appointment.


IMDEA Energy Foundation, Móstoles, Madrid


Final decisions will be personally communicated by e-mail to all candidates.