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PhD Position on Optimization of Plastic Sorting and Recycling - Belgium  

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Posted on : 26 February 2017

Project Description

Project and Responsibilities:
  • You are part of a multidisciplinary research group working on the topic of Life Cycle Engineering.
  • You are responsible for the development of optimization models to determine the preferred treatment process from an economic and/or environmental perspective for specific WEEE and ELV categories to answer questions, such as 
    • “Which products should be treated together?”,
    •  “Should plastic components be dismantled and sorted on a component level or be shredded and separated afterwards”, 
    • “How can the purity of the output of an existing plastic recycling process be improved with minimal investment?”.
  • You contribute to organizing and performing practical experiments for the sorting and recycling of plastics to gather relevant data for the optimization model.
  • You independently follow-up literature, patents, company releases, conferences, etc. and attend international conferences.
  • You report to your supervisors and to industrial partners during project meetings and contribute to the writing of project proposals.
  • You act as a coach for Master students.

  • You hold a Master in Engineering and you have demonstrated excellent optimization and research skills.
  • You foster excellent mathematical and algorithmic skills, yet like to combine these with an experimental validation approach by designing physical test set-ups and executing experiments.
  • You like to consider the broader picture and to perform life cycle costing and environmental analyses.
  • You are fascinated by environmental impact reduction strategies and you like to contribute to a significant shift in some impact generating systems.
  • You have a creative mind set and are not afraid to take initiative to look for innovative ideas and new opportunities.
  • Dutch speaking or willing to improve your language skills is an asset.
  • You are fluent in English.

  • We offer a varied and challenging job in close cooperation with industry combined with an attractive salary package.
  • We offer a research position in a stimulating and multi-disciplinary environment and a strong industrial network.
  • We give you the opportunity to obtain a PhD and build an international network.