09/10/2018
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Post-Doc : QCM and AFM investigation of heterogeneous catalytic systems

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    UCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryHeterogeneous catalysis
    ChemistryInstrumental techniques
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Established Researcher (R3)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    11/12/2018 18:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    07/01/2019

In the frame of an ARC - Action de Recherche Concertée project (involving 3 professors from UCLouvain : D. Debecker, M. Devillers and E. Gaigneaux - coord, and 1 professor from UNamur : C. Aprile), our consortium is looking for a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher with a background in the investigation of model heterogeneous catalytic systems. 

The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the impact that an adjustment of the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of the catalysts will have on their behaviour. This includes the behaviour during the catalytic reaction (the adsorption of reactants with the catalyst surface will be addressed, as well as the desorption of the products out of it) and how it relates with the performance, but also this includes issues related to the interaction between the active species (resp. their precursors) and the support during the catalytic event (resp. during the preparation of the catalyst).

The strategy outlining the post-doc research is to address these aspects by (i) preparing thin films (mostly by spin-coating) of pre-existing catalytic powders concerned by the ARC project (= of which the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance has already been adjusted), (ii) characterizing them by micro- and spectroscopies, including AFM, (iii) performing QCM measurements to probe quantitatively the adsorption/desorption events mentioned and relate them with the catalytic performances.

The post-doc researcher will work in autonomy (preparation and characterization of the films, including by AFM, and QCM measurements). The application of QCM on heterogeneous catalytic films is quite unusual and will thus lead to publications in high IF journals (see for example, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 445 (2015) 24–30). In addition, the post-doc will closely interact with a group of PhD students preparing and working on the catalytic powders that will serve to make the films. The post-doc will thus be associated as co-author in the papers on the systems of these students.

Selection process

Applications should consist in a single pdf file including :

- a CV (max 2 pages)

- a full list of your (co-)publications making clear those related to master thesis, PhD thesis or previous post-doc (if available) 

- a memo compiling the title + full reference + abstract of max 3 papers/documents (selected from the full list) best demonstrating your expertise with the keywords of the project

- name and email of reference persons (max 5); please dont attach any reference letters at this stage.

Applications should be done exclusively by email to eric.gaigneaux@uclouvain, with "Application for ARC post-doc position" as subject title. Those with another subject title might be lost and thus not considered.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Selected applicants will be notified whether their application has been selected for further assessment and interview.

Additional comments

The position will start as soon as possible after the post of this offer, it will first be for a period of 1 year, with in case of mutual satisfaction the possibility to extend it until Sept 30th 2020.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: PhD or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

The candidate should hold a PhD in Chemistry / Bioengineering / Chemical engineering (or equivalent) with a background in heterogeneous catalysis. Having a practical expertise in spin-coating, and/or AFM and/or of QCM - crystal quartz microbalance. The candidate should be highly autonomous and creative.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UCLouvain / Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences
Belgium
Louvain-la-Neuve
1348
Place Louis Pasteur, 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 345178