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Evonik Industries

Position: Senior Scientist (m/f) SEPURAN® Membrane Development

Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. Profitable growth and sustained value creation form the heart of our strategy. Around 80 percent of sales come from leading market positions, which we plan to expand further. We concentrate on high-growth megatrends, especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization.

Over the past three years Evonik Fibres (, a part of Evonik Industries, has successfully developed and launched a gas separation membrane under the brand name SEPURAN® GREEN specifically designed for the biogas upgrading market. This membrane consists of polyimide hollow fibers which are directly made from polymerization solutions produced on-site. For further growth of our business it is envisaged to expand our SEPURAN® membrane portfolio towards the area of industrial gases. To strengthen the team, to manage new development projects and to cope with the improvement of current and future products, a new position has been created for a senior scientist with a profound background in gas separation membranes.

Evonik Fibres is looking for its site in Schörfling (Austria) for a Senior Scientist (m/f) SEPURAN® Membrane Development.


  • Development of new hollow-fiber based membrane products in close cooperation with the implementation team
  • Improvement and optimization of existing membrane products in terms of performance and costs
  • Modification of products based on customer requests
  • Development of new production processes for gas separation membranes
  • Scale up of production processes from lab to pilot scale and full scale respectively
  • Consulting & leading teams during start-up phase and troubleshooting sessions
  • Keeping track with latest membrane-related developments within scientific world (patent and scientific literature)
  • Propose ideas for future membrane products (new applications, new types of membranes, new polymers, etc.)


  • Degree in chemical engineering, preferably a PhD degree, with expertise and track record in membrane formation and/or membrane gas separation
  • Good communication skills, backed by a good command of English and German and high willingness to learn the German language in a short period of time
  • Innovative and creative
  • Independent, team-oriented style of work
  • Assertiveness and team skills
  • Able to persuade colleagues and customers of new ideas, plan the required technical and human resources and to lead and motivate the team
  • Shows initiative, high sense of responsibility for people, projects and budgets

    What we offer

    We offer employees a truly inspiring environment with work in an international team that motivates and challenges. Performance-linked pay, personal development and ongoing specialist training come with the job.

    Your application

    Then apply today via our online careers portal at

    Happy to answer your questions is Dr. Tymen Visser, TELEPHONE +43 7672 701 3970 VACANCY REFERENCE NUMBER EU - 6065

    Date posted: March 20, 2014

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

    Position: Postdoc Fellowship in CO2 separation membranes

    A postdoc fellowship for a period of two years is available in Memfo group at NTNU. His/her work will be part of the WP3 (Membrane technologies) in HiPerCap project (High Performance Capture, EU FP7 program), aims to develop high performance membranes for CO2 capture.


    Applicants for the position should have a PhD degree within relevant science, engineering or technology areas. Preferably the candidates should have a strong background both in chemistry and chemical engineering. Good laboratory skills will be an advantage. Candidates with previous experience in gas separation membranes, especially polymeric membranes or ionic liquids, are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should also demonstrate cooperative and communicative skills and proficient English language.

    Application, salary and other information:

    Applications with motivatio n letter, CV including a full list of publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts and certificates from Master, PhD and other relevant exams or experience, copies of maximum 5 publications, and a list of contact information for three references should be submitted electronically to Professor May-Britt Hägg (Head of Memfo), email or Associate Professor Liyuan Deng, email

    NTNU is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workforce. The appointments will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees. This position is at wage level 57 on the Norwegian State salary scale, with gross salary NOK 473100 a year. There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund.

    About the group:

    Memfo is located at Gløshaugen campus in Trondheim, Norway. Memfo’s focus has always been on environmental friendly membrane processes, and thereby covering the whole chain from basic research on materials to membrane process development including simulations and pilot testing. Today CO2 capture is a main focus in the research. Memfo group has 15 members (Professors, researchers, PhDs and Postdocs), and has in addition attracted many master students. The group is highly international with respect to the group members, and has a big and active international network. For more information about Memfo group, see

    Date posted: May 15, 2014

    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    Position: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Job Description: Novel Membrane Materials & Systems for Micropollutant Removal
    The IFG-Membrane Technology Department was established in March 2014 and has access to state-of-the art research facilities within the National Research Centre of the Helmholtz Association. As a postdoc you will be responsible to establish a research group within one of the three main interest areas of the department (i) new membrane materials, (ii) membrane retention and fouling mechanisms, and (iii) membrane systems development - applied to water treatment.
    This entails the planning and execution of research projects, set-up of required membrane filtration systems and development of relevant analytical methods. In addition, cooperation with internal and external partners, data acquisition and analysis, publication in peer reviewed high impact journals as well as student supervision are part of the responsibilities. Contribution to teaching within the Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering will be possible. Research funding is sought from national and international funding bodies. The position is not bound to a particular project and hence provides excellent possibilities for the career development of a researcher.

    Qualifications: PhD in Chemical/Process/Environmental Engineering/Applied Science or equivalent
    You have completed a PhD and demonstrated independent research skills through publication in peer reviewed international journals and have experience with the preparation of research funding proposals. Experience with water treatment processes, membrane technologies, polymer materials, analytical chemistry, micropollutant detection and environmental issues will be a good foundation to the position, although candidates with a stronger foundation in membrane material synthesis or micropollutant specific analytical chemistry skills lacking applications experience will equally be considered.

    Affliation: KIT - Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG) - Membrane Technology
    c/o KIT Campus North
    Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
    76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany

    Deadline: Applications will close 4 July 2014 (enquiries welcome until filled)
    Duration: Initially one year with the possibility to extend
    Salary: Remuneration shall be based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service Sector.
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Iris Schäfer, Tel +49(0)721/608-26906, Professor of Water Process Engineering - Faculty of Chemical and Process Engineering Head of Membrane Technology Department - Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)
    Applications: Please send applications with CV, publication list, academic transcripts, degree certificates, contact details for three references and a detailed research plan for the position to the Human Resources department attention of Patrick Dolzinski with the position reference 298/2014.

    Date posted: May 23, 2014

    Oasys Water, Inc

    Oasys is helping to solve the world's most pressing challenge: Water. With a vision to create an abundant supply of fresh water for the entire planet, we are developing innovative solutions for water treatment and desalination in industrial markets around the globe. Beginning with the first-in-the-world Membrane Brine Concentrator technology, Oasys is delivering solutions that will be instrumental in creating a sustainable and prosperous global future. Established in 2009, Oasys Water is headquartered in Boston's Industrial Innovation District, on the revitalized waters of Boston Harbor. For more, visit us at

    Oasys Water is seeking an experienced Membrane Scientist to join our rapidly growing team in Boston, MA:

  • Polymer chemist to perform novel research tasks.
  • Improve and optimize engineered osmosis technology for desalination of impaired water supplies.

  • MS in polymer synthesis or organic chemistry.
  • Alternatively a BS in chemistry with an emphasis in polymer science or equivalent and two plus years experience with polymeric film casting or coating or polymer synthesis would be considered


  • Must be willing to travel <~20%.
  • Experience includes knowledge about thin film coating techniques and theory
  • Familiarity with film casting techniques and hands on experience performing film casting
  • Familiar with instruments and techniques used to measure surface properties including FESEM, ESEM, ATR-FTIR, and porosimitry
  • Wet chemistry laboratory experience a must
  • Understanding both theory and application of fundamental physical chemistry and physical chemistry of polymers Knowledge of polymer synthesis
  • Ability to work well with other laboratory personnel to meet aggressive project schedules
  • Must be disciplined and self-motivated to identify and learn new concepts or gain new skills as necessary to keep pace with evolving project demands
  • Mechanical aptitude required to maintain laboratory equipment (i.e., membrane casting and coating hardware and lab or pilot scale hydraulic systems)
  • Ability to collect accurate experimental data, critically evaluate data, and clearly communicate results

    If you are interested and your qualifications align with our requirements, please send your resume and cover letter to:

    Date posted: June 18, 2014

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