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Message posted on 20/10/2021

NWO-MVI Postdoc position at University of Twente

The deadline for the following position is approaching: Postdoc position 'Electrifying Chemical Production - Responsible Pathways a= nd Material Choices'

At the Science, Technology & Policy Studies group (STEPS) at the University= of Twente we have an opening for a 3 year postdoc position in an RRI proje= ct funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Application deadline is Octo= ber 23, 2021. New types of electrochemical processes and electrolysis are expected to ena= ble a transition towards the sustainable production of 'green' chemicals ba= sed on electricity from renewables. This project will explore possible soci= o-technical configurations and pathways for selected applications of new el= ectrochemical processes (such as bio-oil upgrading, synthesis of common che= mical compounds, wastewater recycling). Furthermore, it will assess the env= ironmental and societal implications of the choice of materials involved, s= uch as electro-catalysts, electrolyser materials and produced compounds, th= at will be developed in a closely related project. The project takes a long= -term perspective by not only scrutinizing present application scenarios an= d anticipating potential future pathways, but also extending our perspectiv= e into the recent past, learning from challenges and failures in preceding = innovation trajectories. Further points of attention will be challenges and= opportunities for the embedding of the envisaged applications in neighbori= ng sectors, such as the chemical industry, energy generation or wastewater = treatment, multi-sector settings and directions for more decentralized proc= esses. The project aims to develop societally viable and responsible electrochemic= al processes and applications that can contribute to 'greening' the chemica= l industry in the Netherlands and beyond. For this, the project connects ap= proaches from constructive technology assessment and lifecycle thinking. Mo= reover, it will be interlinked with ongoing electrochemical research, mutua= lly adjusting research agendas and reflecting on implications for design.

For more information please follow the link: https://www.utwente.nl/en/orga= nisation/careers/!/197/postdoc-pathways-and-material-choices-for-the-respon= sible-electrification-of-chemical-and-fuel-production ---------------------------------------------------------------------------=

Dr. Kornelia Konrad Associate Professor 'Anticipation and Assessment of Emerging Technologies' University of Twente Department of Science, Technology & Policy Studies (STePS) +31 53 489 3906, k.e.konrad@utwente.nl Visitor address: Ravelijn RA 4307, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede Postal address: P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede

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