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SIM² is continuously looking for excellent researchers

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Hydrometallurgical Solvent Extraction Researcher

Are you a researcher experienced in solvent extraction for hydrometallurgy? The KU Leuven SOLVOMET ISC team is hiring new researchers to join us in our applied research …

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PhD topic (SCK-CEN): Separation and purification of medical radioisotopes by solvent extraction in milliflow reactors, promotors prof. Koen Binnemans and Prof. Tom Van Gerven

This project aims to develop innovative processes for extraction of medical radioisotopes from irradiated target materials by solvent extraction in milliflow reactors. Milliflow reactors offer …

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PhD vacancy for a thermodynamic modeller in hydrometallurgy.

Project Develop innovative thermodynamic models for the solvent extraction of metals and acids, using available software packages such as OLI Systems and HSC Chemistry Determine …

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PhD topic at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) – Promoter Valérie Cappuyns

Influence of redox conditions and organic matter on the partitioning and mobility of naturally occurring radionuclides (NOR‘s) in geothermal systems


Open Position – University Professor at TU Clausthal for “Hydrometallurgical Treatment Processes”

Clausthal University of Technology is looking to strengthen its strategic research focus on the Circu-lar Economy. Therefore, within the framework of the Joint Federal Government-Länder …

Open Position for Project Manager Research and Development at Umicore in Belgium

About Umicore Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, …

Open PhD position at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) – Promoter Koen Binnemans

Development of a new extraction system for selective americium separation from spent nuclear fuels   Short project description Recycling americium from spent nuclear fuels is …

Vacancy for a PhD position at the KU Leuven, Department of Materials Engineering

Production of low-CO2 calciumsulfoferroaluminate clinker from bauxite residue Bauxite residue (BR) is the main waste of the alumina sector produced at rates of 7 million …


The Applied Fluid Mechanics and (Aero) Acoustics (AFAA) research group of the division of Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion (TME) of the Department of Mechanical …

Academic Position In Health And Safety Management

Research You are an ambitious, internationally oriented researcher in the domain of Health and Safety Management (occupational safety, occupational hygiene, safety science, operational risk management, …

Research Position on Artificial Intelligence for Robotic Re- and Demanufacturing of Electric Car Batteries

As KU Leuven research group on Life Cycle Engineering of the Department of Mechanical Engineering we have acquired significant experience in re- and demanufacturing of …

Research Position on Robotic Sorting for Metal Recycling

As KU Leuven research group on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering we have acquired significant experience in re- and demanufacturing, …

Sustainability assessments for critical metal recycling and use in electronics

Make the high-tech future (e-vehicles, LEDs) a sustainable future The research group “sustainability assessments of materials and circular economy” (SAM) brings together researchers who are …

Ex-ante sustainability assessments of biorefinery flow sheets

Be part of the transition towards a low-carbon chemical industry by assessing new sustainable technologies (LCA, LCC). The research group “sustainability assessments of materials and …

PhD topic at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) – Promoter Koen Binnemans

Non-aqueous separation process for the purification of the lutetium-177 medical radioisotope

Open Position for a Professor in METAL RECOVERY FROM MINERAL FLOWS

The Science, Engineering & Technology Group of KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, has a joint, …

PhD topic at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) – Promoter Muchez Philippe

Short project description The principal type of nuclear fuel material, which remains widely used today, is uranium dioxide (UO2). It’s main constituent, the element uranium, …

Research Engineer (H/F)

CRM Group is recruiting a Research Engineer for its Sart Tilman site (Liège – Belgium). Our Company CRM Group offers R&D and technology solutions to …

Open position in ETN SULTAN project: PhD [chemist / hydrometallurgist]

Applications are invited for 1 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researcher”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “SULTAN – European Training Network for …

Assistant/Associate Professor in Comprehensive Recycling of Materials

The increased complexity of materials such as coatings, hybrid and composites, as well as sophisticated alloys make the materials recycling very challenging. Materials recyclability is …

Open position at SREMAT-KU Leuven (R&D project TOGETHER)

The SREMAT Research Group (SIM² KU Leuven) is looking for a PhD candidate to work in the R&D project TOGETHER (tailored building elements from engineered resources), a new Flemish-funded project in the SIM MaRes programme.

Open position for Industrial Research Fund Manager (MRC)

Leuven MRC is looking for a new Industrial Research Fund (IRF/IOF) Research Manager in the field of Materials Innovation for a Circular Economy. The deadline for applications for this high-profile position is January 24, 2019.

Open position at Group T/KU Leuven (hitemp reactor systems)

At the Science, Engineering & Technology Group of the KU Leuven, there is a full-time academic vacancy in the Faculty Engineering Technology, Department of Materials Engineering.

Open ESR position at KTH Stockholm in ETN NEW-MINE

The ETN NEW-MINE project on Enhanced Landfill Mining is urgently looking for a pyrolysis expert to start a Licentiate Thesis at KTH Stockholm (Sweden). Applicants can apply here:

Call for applicants: 15 PhD positions in CHARMING

The EU Horizon 2020 MSCA-ETN CHARMING consortium is looking for a dynamic team of 15 bright and enthusiastic PhD students. The call for applicants is now officially open. PhD candidates need to apply on-line through the CHARMING application tool. The deadline for on-line applications is October 15, 2018. 

Open position for tailings project at KU Leuven

SIM² KU Leuven is urgently looking for a postdoc with experience in hydrometallurgy to work in the newly approved VLAIO SIM SBO SMART project, which deals with the zero-waste valorisation of tailings.