Postdoctoral researcher, Laser-induced nucleation, University of Antwerp

Határidő: 11/15/2019

The Faculty of Applied Engineering is seeking to fill a full-time (100%) vacancy in the Department of Chemistry for a

Postdoctoral researcher in the area of laser-induced nucleation

For a project in cooperation with Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., the ELCAT research group at the Faculty of Applied Engineering, in cooperation with the ECM research group of the department of Physics in the Faculty of Science, are looking to fill a postdoc position.

The project concerns Non-Photochemical Laser Induced Nucleation, a proposed technique for nucleation supersaturated solutions reliably with laser light. A literature search will quickly show that this subject is ill-understood, and the project proposes a solution for two of the main issues – how to get reliable and statistically significant data on nucleation, and how to implement the technique in practice.

We are looking for a PhD graduate who loves a challenge and works independently, is meticulous in documenting the procedures and steps taken, and has the skills to build experimental setups. The ideal candidate is well-versed in statistics, has experience with the operation of lasers and has experience with micro- and/or millifluidics. Experience with laser-induced nucleation is definitely a plus.

Job description

  • You contribute to research in the field of laser-induced nucleation by building a dedicated setup.
  • Project management and the co-ordination of collaborations with interested companies is also part of your task.
  • Part of your job will be the organization and management of project applications within the field of laser induced nucleation and the search for external funding.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold (or get during the application period) a doctorate degree (PhD) in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering Sciences.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are fluent in academic English (speaking and writing).
  • An affinity with engineering and the skills to build a working experimental setup is a plus.
  • Knowledge of nucleation mechanisms and working with lasers is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of reactor engineering (micro- or millifluidics) serves as recommendation.

We offer

  • an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher for a period of one year;
  • the date of appointment is February 1st 2020;
  • a full time gross monthly salary ranging from € 4.134,93 – € 6.446,00;
  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.

How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, and should include a copy of your CV and a cover letter, until the closing date 15 November 2019.
  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications.
  • The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.
  • More information about the application form can be obtained from
  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Christophe Vande Velde, +32 3 265 18 46,

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