Master Thesis Worker, Gasification and syngas processing

Espoo (Finland)
Student / Recent Graduate
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Sciences, Engineering & R&D

The Job

Are you all about science and technology? Would you like to work in a meaningful role with real responsibility and excellent learning opportunities? Do you want to work with superb colleagues who are experts in their field to drive a sustainable future and tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2100 brilliant minds is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT's tech & infra . We are now looking for Master Thesis Worker to join our Gasification and syngas processing team. Join us - and let's make an impact together! VTT develops chemical recycling technologies to improve the recycling rates of plastic waste. Our team operates world-leading research and technology infrastructure and aims to develop gasification and pyrolysis technologies, including the related downstream processes. VTT can integrate chemical recycling technologies with the following downstream units. The development work is carried out at a lab scale in Otaniemi and at a pilot scale at VTT's Bioruukki piloting facility in Kivenlahti, both located in Espoo. The chemical recycling process produces valuable gas streams (e.g., syngas, ethylene, hydrogen) that require various processing steps (e.g., absorption, and reactive adsorption) before the gas quality fulfills the industrial standards and can be utilized in industrial processes. We are looking for a Master Thesis Worker who is interested in working on projects which develop these sustainable technologies and processes. As a Master's Thesis Worker, you will: In this position, your main objective is to participate in the development work of chemical recycling of plastic waste. More specifically, you will work with gas streams containing olefin and hydrogen gasses originating from the chemical recycling of plastics. Your thesis topic will focus on gas processing with the topic: Catalytic systems in the purification of hydrogen and olefin-rich gasses. Theoretical, experimental, and analytical approaches are required in your work. The work starts with a literature study, following the production of catalyst materials and experimental verification of the produced materials. You will learn to produce novel materials, analyze the produced materials and test the performance of the materials in realistic reaction conditions. Your thesis work supports later R&D stages and the scale-up of the system. Your goal is to study the phenomena related to gas processing steps that are needed before the unprocessed gas streams can be fed into industrial systems. Some experience in chemistry and a willingness to learn different sorption processes and chemical reactions are the keys to being successful in your work. The practical tasks include: Literature study to assess the possibilities to remove unwanted components from the produced gas streams. Hands-on experimental work at the lab scale (e.g., production of catalyst materials and testing of reactor systems) is needed for verifying that the proposed system can achieve the expected targets. Communication of your results both in oral presentations and in written reports. Who we are looking for: To succeed in this role, you should have a background in chemistry. The willingness to learn and combine skills in material production and reactor testing is seen as an asset. Additional requirements: You have an interest and enthusiasm in science and innovation Adaptability to different work environments and tasks, as well as interest in internationalization Fluent written and spoken English skills You have a self-guided and curious mindset to find solutions for new and challenging problems. With VTT, you'll enjoy: Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organization, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science, and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time - from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare - and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy, the path of exponential hope, and our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work. Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, young professionals' skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You'll discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge areas of science and technology. Meaningful projects, real responsibility. At VTT, young talents can take on meaningful research projects or support researchers' work. We treat young talents as equals and give you real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work-life balance and offers a range of well-being services. Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds! Please send your CV and application (with your transcript of records) via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 22 January 2023. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position as soon as we find the right candidate. Interested and want to know more? For further information, please contact Research Scientist Ville Nikkanen, ville.nikkanen@vtt.fi +358 40 1435 175 We look forward to hearing from you! Apply between and Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (fee paid, Master's Thesis) VTT VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together. VTT - beyond the obvious.
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