Researcher Lignin depolymerization

Job description

You will be member of our SPOT team ( with a focus on the optimization of continuous catalytic depolymerization of lignin and biomass. This strategic research theme is focusing on the use of wood/lignin as an alternative feedstock for the production of biobased aromatics. In this respect, VITO is co-initiator of Biorizon, an industry driven Shared Research Center, focusing on technology development for the production of functionalized, biobased aromatics for performance materials, chemicals & coatings. As the leading institute, VITO coordinates the development of lignin derived bio-aromatics. More information available on and

As Researcher lignin depolymerization you will develop, optimize and translate lignin depolymerization technology in close collaboration with other researchers and the operators of the pilot.

  • You develop and optimize lignin depolymerizaton technology at lab scale
  • You translate the technology from lab to pilot in close collaboration with pilot operators.
  • You debottleneck the pilot’s testing via feedback to lab experiments and research program.

Our team is embedded in VITO with the vision to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable world. As a SPOT team we believe bioaromatics are an essential part to make that happen. Interested? Check below if you match the profile that we are looking for this position.

Job requirements

  • You have a PhD in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
  • Background in biomass and flow systems is recommended
  • You have a result-driven character capable of translating theory to practice and vice versa and are able to find solutions.
  • You are interested to acquire hands-on experience by running innovative experimental set-ups and coordinating lab activities.
  • Knowledge on working on process development is an asset, as well as conceptual design know how.
  • You are proactive, motivated and an excellent team player who enjoys working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • You are fluent in English and eager to write scientific papers and/or patents. Knowledge of Dutch might be an asset.

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