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Congratulations on your decision to pursue an international co-op! The process involves two steps and both must be completed by the application deadline indicated below (App Deadline) but not necessarily in this order. You must apply to the position and a mandatory meeting with an international team member is required. This meeting can be scheduled by calling 215-895-2185.
For any questions, please contact the international team at:

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
Oberhausen, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring/Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel undergraduate students enrolled in a co-op program
Dates / Deadlines:

Academic Year below always refers to the start of each academic year. Fall is the first term in an academic year and it always starts in September of every year. Please refer to the start and end date listed below for appropriate application term. If you do not see the date range applicable to you, please contact the International Co-op Team. Click here for more co-op terms details.
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Min. GPA Requirement: 2.5 Number of Positions: 1
Eligible Major(s): Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Program Description:

Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

Program Description:Ruhr

As one of the 67 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, we are part of a world-wide network and the largest organization for applied research in Europe.

Fraunhofer UMSICHT actively shapes the energy turnaround and the raw material shift. As a pioneer for technical innovations in the fields of energy, processes and products, Fraunhofer UMSICHT aims at advancing sustainable economies, environmentally friendly technologies and innovative approaches. Our wish: to improve the standard of living and to promote the innovation capacity of the national economy.

Job Description and Required Skills

Job Title: Process Development Co-op

Job Description: This position involves the process development of a heterogeneous catalytic gas phase process for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals in the department of Biofuels and Biorefinery, within the work group of Biobased Chemicals. The position is part of a work group of around 3-4 employees, mostly post docs with chemical or engineering background.

Development of processes using renewable resources as ethanol, butanol or acetone become of major interest because of the increasing availability but limited use. Fraunhofer UMSICHT has developed a process for the production of larger molecules from those substances to overcome limitations in diesel or kerosene blending or generating chemicals of higher value.

To introduce new processes into existing industrial production processes a high level of process development must be reached. This not only includes the reaction itself and the used catalyst but also downstream processing, recycling of unreacted feedstock or upgrading of derived product subsequently.

  • Will work on different lab-scale plants for the reaction engineering and subsequent downstream processing
  • Analyze the different product fractions, draw conclusions and discuss with supervisors or the whole team

Required Job Skills: Experience with process engineering and reaction engineering

Number of Positions: 1

Language Requirement: Basic German is useful but not necessary

GPA Requirement: Minimum 2.5 GPA

Hours Per Week: Full time

Compensation: Salary of 200 Euros per month (about $215)

Financial Award: Eligible students will be considered for a financial award from the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Housing: No, however, in the cities around Oberhausen there are several universities and possibilities to find accommodation

Visa Requirement: Required - please speak with an International Team member


This program is currently not accepting applications.

Steinbright Career Development Center
International Co-op • 3201 Arch Street Suite 250

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Voice: 215.895.2185 • Fax: 215.895.1473