Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Process development for valorisation

Stellenbosch University

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Position type:

Part time


ZAR300 000 or more per annum

31 Jan 2020
29 Feb 2020

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Reference number: 2020/01/30/2213

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Process development for valorisation

Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa


An opportunity is available for a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in biomass processing and valorisation. Candidates with experience in bioprocess development, specifically fractionation of organic industrial waste to various higher value fractions, such as proteins and oligomeric sugars using mechanical means and enzymes are encouraged to apply. Experience in single and twin-screw extruders and generally being hands-on with mechanical equipment, as well as a deep knowledge of and experience with cellulolytic and proteolytic enzymes will be considered significant advantages.


The position will focus on biomass fractionation using combined mechanical and enzyme treatment of various substrates and Brewers’ Spent Grain in particular. The fellowship is available for a minimum of one year, starting March 2020, or shortly thereafter. A scholarship of ZAR300 000 or more per annum is available for the position. Please note that postdoctoral fellows are not appointed as employees and are therefore not eligible for employee benefits. Postdoctoral fellowships are also awarded tax free.



The research work falls within the Bioresource Engineering theme of the Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University. The research group is collaborating with public and private funders on the development of biomass processing to produce various types of products from organic industrial wastes. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to contribute significantly to

A. Publication of research outputs from current and previous projects

B. Daily supervision of postgraduate student projects

C. Performing experimental work where and when necessary

D. Developing new areas of research within the research group

E. Writing new funding proposals to sustain research activities

F. Management of laboratory equipment and space



A PhD in Chemical Engineering, obtained within the past five years, with a strong background in biomass processing, as described above. A first degree in Chemical Engineering, allowing registration as a professional engineer in South Africa, will be considered as a significant benefit.


Closing date for applications is 29 February 2020. The university reserves the right not to fill the position.

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How to apply

A cover letter and curriculum vitae, including all research outputs should be sent to: Prof Johann Görgens or Dr Eugene van Rensburg, Department of Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag X1, Matieland, 7602, South Africa