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Applications open until 01 March 2019
Postdoctoral fellowship in the area of Chemical Engineering / Chemistry / and related.
A post-doctorate grant is available for scientists who currently hold a PhD in Science or Engineering disciplines within the framework of Project “INPACTUS – Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus Wood”, project number 21874 (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-021874), financed by European funds through the Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement, under the following conditions:

Research field: Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and related fields

 

Admission requirements:

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and related fields 

Preferential requirements:

-Research experience in the field of pulp and paper and in natural polymers.

- Basic knowledge of the chemistry of kraft cooking and bleaching of cellulosic pulps, as well as paper chemistry

- Good interpersonal relationship, ability to communicate, team spirit and proactive action.

 

Activity Outline:

• To evaluate the potential of E. globulus bleached kraft pulps for applications requiring high absorption capacity and softness and to establish the manufacturing process variables of pulps affecting the absorption and softness properties; to perform a comparative analysis of the tissue paper potential of E. globulus and other competing pulps.

• To select the most advantageous additives, capable of inducing better absorption, softness, without prejudice to the mechanical properties;

• Evaluate the impact of different formulations of additives on the properties of softness, absorption, and mechanical properties of tissue paper, according to norms commonly used in the paper industry, development of an optimal formulation capable of producing positive results in the three properties already mentioned.

• Determine efficient methodologies for the quantification and analysis of the type of interactions established between the additives and the fibers.

• Evaluate the costs of modifying the folders with the proposed solutions. 

Workplace: The work will be carried out at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro and at RAIZ – Research Institute of Forestry and Paper, under the scientific supervision of Prof. Dmitry V. Evtyugin

Duration and scope of activity: The fellowship will have a duration of 12 months on an exclusivity basis, eventually extendable to a maximum of 38 months, and is expected to begin in March 2019.

Value of monthly maintenance allowance: 1495 Euros/month (tax free) according to the official table for Research Grants from FCT - http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/valores, to be paid monthly via bank transfer.

Evaluation Criteria and Process: The evaluation criteria are:

  1. Curricular evaluation – with evaluation of 100%;

In case the jury needs more detailed information to decide and final rank the applicants, an interview to the three best ranked candidates, being in this case the items valued as followed:

• Academic qualifications (30%);

• Professional relevant experience (50%);

• Publications (20%).

- The interview will be conducted to assess the knowledge of the candidates in the following domains:

• Knowledge in the areas of the indicated profile (70%);

• Motivation of the candidate (30%);

Juri: The Jury responsible for the evaluation process is composed by: Prof. Dr. Dmitry V. Evtyugin, Dr. Ana Margarida Martins Salgueiro Carta and Prof. Dr. Carlos Pascoal Neto

The final results of the evaluation will be communicated by e-mail.

Applications should be sent by email to Dmitrye@ua.pt

Call Start and Finish Dates: from 18th of February to 1st of March 2019.

Documents Required: (Ex.: i) Application letter; ii) Curriculum Vitae, dated and signed, including a description of previous activities in scientific projects; iii) Photocopy (or scanned copy) of identity card or passport; iv) PhD certificate;)

Legislation and regulations: The fellowship is in accordance with Law Nº. 40/2004, 18th August (Research Fellow Statute) and regulations for Advanced Training of Human Resources of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) I.P. — no. 234/2012, no. 326/2013 and no. 339/2015 (http://www.fct.pt/apoios/bolsas/regulamento.phtml.pt) and the Regulation of Scientific Research Grants from the University of Aveiro – Regulation n.º 341/2011, published in Diário da República, 2nd series, n.º 98, 20th Maio.

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