ORGANISATION/COMPANYUCLouvain - Université catholique de Louvain
RESEARCH FIELDChemistry › Heterogeneous catalysisChemistry › Instrumental techniquesChemistry › Physical chemistry
RESEARCHER PROFILERecognised Researcher (R2)Established Researcher (R3)
APPLICATION DEADLINE11/12/2018 18:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONBelgium › Louvain-la-Neuve
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK38
OFFER STARTING DATE07/01/2019
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.
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.
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.
REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVELChemistry: PhD or equivalent
REQUIRED LANGUAGESENGLISH: Excellent
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.
EURAXESS offer ID: 345178