09/10/2018
Science 4 Refugees

Post-Doc : QCM and AFM investigation of heterogeneous catalytic systems


  • 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
    09/11/2018 22:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2018

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 heterogeneous catalytic systems on thin films. 

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 of course the behaviour during the catalytic reaction and how it relates with the performance, but also this includes issues related to the interaction between the active species (precursors) and the support.

The strategy outlining the post-doc research is to address these aspects by (i) preparing thin films of different catalytic solids concerned by the ARC project (= of which the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance has already been adjusted), (ii) characterizing them by diverse micro- and spectroscopies, including AFM, (iii) performing QCM measurements to probe their adsorption/desorption behavior.

Selection process

Applications should consist in a single pdf file including :

- a CV (max 3 pages)

- a full list of your (co-)publications distinguishing those related to PhD and those related to post-doc (if available) 

- a memo compiling the title + full reference + short abstract of max 3 papers/documents (selected from the full list) best demonstrating your expertise in the keywords of the project + mention of your exact contribution in the preparation of these papers + (if not trivial from the preceeding) a brief explanation (max 5 lines per paper/document) why they make you eligible for the position

- a letter describing your motivation to join the consortium + when you could join it + how the post-doc is seen as a step in your professional carreer + how you indeed meet the selection criteria + contact address of min 3 - max 5 reference persons (please dont attach any ref 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 the preparation of thin films is a must, as well as for the use of AFM and/or of QCM - crystal quartz microbalance. Applications that do no reflect such expertises will not be considered. The candidate should be highly autonomous and creative.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
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