Postdoctoral researcher in Sustainable Chemistry

Faculty of Science – Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences

Publication date
3 March 2017
Level of education
Salary indication
€2,552 to €4,028 gross per month, based on 38 hours per week
Closing date
31 March 2017
38 hours per week
Vacancy number

The Research Priority Area Sustainable Chemistry, which is part of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) of the Faculty of Science, is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join the challenging project ‘Developing an economic process for converting biomass derived levulinic acid to value-added products’.

Job description

Lignocellulosic biomass is our main source of renewable carbon. It is available in the range of hundreds of billions of tons, of which we use today only 3%. Our partner industry has developed a new and sustainable process technology for levulinic acid production from renewable raw materials. It is an important platform chemical, with the possibility to produce several value-added derivatives. In this project, we will develop active, selective and stable solid catalysts for converting levulinic acid to selected commercially relevant chemicals. 


We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a PhD degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. You should be fluent in written and spoken English. You should have previous experience in catalyst synthesis, characterization and testing. Experience in high pressure batch/flow reactors and analytical techniques such as GC and HPLC is essential. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team. 

Further information

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The position is available starting preferably from 1 May 2017. The appointment will be on a temporary base for a maximum period of 11 months. The salary will be in accordance with the University regulations for academic personnel, and will range from €2,552 to €4,028 (scale 10). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8,3% annual bonus. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable.

Job application

Applications for the position at the University of Amsterdam may only be submitted by sending your application to To process your application immediately, please quote vacancy number 17-091 and the position you are applying for in the subject-line.

Applications must include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a motivation letter (why did you choose to apply for this position), and the names and contact details of two academic referees. All these should be grouped in a single PDF attachment (not zipped).

The selection process commences immediately, but will close when a suitable candidate has been found. Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.

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