There is currently one open position in ETN NEW-MINE.

ESR 7: Solar-driven thermochemical conversion of RDF – Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses and heat/mass transfer modelling

Objectives: To experimentally explore the possibility of producing valuable energy and materials from excavated landfill waste  through pyrolysis process.

The project studies pyrolysis of refuse derived fuel (RDF) as one of the processes occurring in the thermochemical conversion in solar-driven pyrolysis/gasification of RDF. Understanding the performance of RDF pyrolysis can help in the design and optimisation of the thermochochemical conversion process, allowing flexibility of ELFM feedstock delivered to the thermochemical conversion process.

Expected results:

  • Insights in the suitability of recovering energy and materials from refuse derived fuel (RDF) generated from landfills by pyrolysis
  • To understand the products formation, such as pyro-vapours, and solid residue of pyrolysis of RDF generated from landfills
  • Energy and mass balance of pyrolysis of the RDF from landfills.

S/T milestones:
1. Pyrolysis production characteristion of the pyrolysis of different fractions after excavated landfill waste
2. Understand the suitability of pyrolysis as a conversion technology for different fractions after landfills sorting

Host: KTH Stockholm (Sweden)
Lead Supervisor: Prof. Weihong Yang (KTH,


MSCA applicants need to respect three eligibility criteria:

a) Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
b) Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
c) English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Benefits and salary
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on local Supervisor). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

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