10/07/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD student in Chemistry


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven - Nano(bio)chemistry on surfaces
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    ChemistryInstrumental techniques
    ChemistryOrganic chemistry
    ChemistryPhysical chemistry
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    20/08/2019 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/11/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    813036
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813036

Type: PhD candidate in Chemistry

Duration: 4 years (after positive evaluation after 1 year)

Job description

The “graphene rush” has triggered a great interest in the design and fabrication of synthetic 2D materials (S2DMs) excelling in their chemical and physical properties for future emerging technologies addressing numerous societal needs, such as faster and better performing electronics, as well as energy storage and conversion. The European research project “ULTIMATE” will provide to 15 talented young researchers a well-structured training in the burgeoning field of S2DMs by developing their knowledge and understanding on: i) how to generate novel atomically precise 2D materials with defined structure and composition, and ii) how to best exploit their unique and tunable properties for electronics and energy applications.

Your role at the KU Leuven (www.kuleuven.be) research group (www.defeytergroup.org) will be to prepare such S2DMs on surfaces, to functionalize them, and to characterize them with state-of-the-art spectroscopy and microscopy tools, including scanning probe microscopy (scanning tunneling microscopy / atomic force microscopy). A large fraction of your research time will involve the use of these scanning probe microscopy techniques. 

Profile of the candidate

  • Highly motivated to conduct research in the area of physical chemistry / organic chemistry / surface chemistry / scanning probe microscopy
  • Holder of an MSc degree in chemistry. Exceptional candidates from other science/engineering backgrounds will also be considered.
  • Have a strong background physical chemistry / physical organic chemistry / organic chemistry
  • Experience with scanning probe microscopy and surface chemistry is a plus. 
  • Having an excellent academic track record.
  • Having an excellent command of English, both written and orally
  • Possess good academic writing and presentation skills.
  • Candidates can be of any nationality, but they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. They must also be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree

How to apply

  • Motivation letter - Full resume (CV), including 2 references
  • Copy of the BSc and MSc degrees
  • Transcripts (overview of study results)

The documents should be merged into a single PDF file and sent to steven.defeyter@kuleuven.be (subject line: PhD Ultimate).

Recruitment Process and Interview

  • Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately, as the position will be filled upon finding the right candidate.

 

Eligibility criteria

Candidates can be of any nationality, but they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. They must also be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • Highly motivated to conduct research in the area of physical chemistry / organic chemistry / surface chemistry / scanning probe microscopy
  • Holder of an MSc degree in chemistry. Exceptional candidates from other science/engineering backgrounds will also be considered.
  • Have a strong background in physical chemistry / physical organic chemistry
  • Experience with scanning probe microscopy and surface chemistry is a plus.
  • Having an excellent academic track record.
  • Having an excellent command of English, both written and orally
  • Possess good academic writing and presentation skills.
  • Candidates can be of any nationality, but they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Belgium for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. They must also be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree

 

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Belgium
Leuven
3001
Celestijnenlaan 200F

EURAXESS offer ID: 425763

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