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Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Process Engineering

Job Summary
The position will focus on various types of extractive metallurgical processes for the recovery of metals from feed materials such as mine tailings, industrial waste, and end-of-life electronic consumer goods.

Stellenbosch University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Process Engineering

Description
There is currently an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher focussing on the techno-economics and sustainability assessment of metal production from primary and secondary resources available in the Department of Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University. The position will focus on various types of extractive metallurgical processes for the recovery of metals from feed materials such as mine tailings, industrial waste, and end-of-life electronic consumer goods.

The research group is currently collaborating with academic partners on the assessment of alternative extractive metallurgical process options for metal recovery from secondary resources. Such process developments require techno-economic, environmental impact and sustainability assessments in order to identify preferred technology options as well as the required improvements in processes for industrial implementation. 

Duties
The postdoctoral research will be expected to contribute significantly to:
  • independently work on process simulations, techno-economic assessments and life cycle assessments (or related process efficiency indicators) for a range of extractive metallurgical processes for waste valorisation and metal recycling;
  • provide technical support to other researchers in the group working on similar projects;
  • critically evaluate existing technologies, and prepare proposals for technical development to improve these;
  • prepare and publish research outputs from current and previous research projects; and
  • identify new research opportunities, and prepare new funding proposals to sustain research activities.

Requirements
A PhD in Chemical Engineering or Extractive Metallurgy, obtained within the past five years, with a strong background in process simulations, techno-economics and life cycle assessments, as described above. 

Candidates with a proven track record in extractive metallurgical process design, process simulations using software such as HSC Chemistry®, techno-economic assessments of process technologies and life cycle assessments are particularly encouraged to apply. Experience with environmental economics, sustainability assessments and environmental LCA software such as GaBi would be an advantage.

Application details
The fellowship is available for a minimum period of 12 (twelve) months, with a starting date of 1 April 2021, or shortly thereafter and renewable thereafter based on performance and funding availability. Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and are therefore not eligible for employee benefits. Postdoctoral fellowships are also awarded tax free.

See https://process.sun.ac.za for more details about the Department and Stellenbosch University. Enquiries about the position can be directed to Prof Christie Dorfling at dorfling@sun.ac.za.

Applications should be emailed to dorfling@sun.ac.za; the closing date for applications is 12 March 2021. The university reserves the right not to fill the position.

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