Postdoctoral engineer position

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  • Published date: March 5, 2018
    • Ghent, Belgium

Job description
Lithium supply is becoming more and more critical. It is considered as a key material for batteries, linking it directly to sustainable development. Unfortunately, the way lithium is harvested creates many environmental concerns. Based on a development by Argentinian and Belgian partners, a new technology based on electrochemical processes was established. This technology minimizes water and chemicals usage, and maximizes recovery not only of lithium but also of other elements present in lithium brines. This development has led to a recently approved ERA-MIN project between Argentina, Belgium and Sweden. In this context, we are seeking an engineer, capable of setting up novel processes at laboratory scale and operating from Belgium in cooperation with the international partners.
Type of employment
• Postdoctoral researcher: Full time, fixed term appointment for 18 months, yearly renewable after positive evaluation.
• A competitive salary including benefits is offered, salary levels account for years of professional experience.
• Ghent University is an equal opportunity employer.
Profile of the candidate
• Postdoctoral researcher: We are searching for a motivated postdoc in Engineering, particularly chemical, environmental or electrochemical engineering. The candidate need to show this with relevant publications in top journals.
• Ability to develop and test laboratory scale processes including electrochemical processes
• Ability to work with analytics, such as ICP-MS, ICP-OES, IC, HPLC, GC
• Ability to rigorously design and perform experiments in a result-oriented and thorough manner.
• Ability to perform in-depth and critical data analysis.
• Ability to communicate through high-quality scientific channels, e.g. peer reviewed publications (A1)
• Potential to contribute to research program development.
• A strong interest in inter/multi-disciplinary applied science
• Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with team members from different backgrounds and with different tasks.
• Excellent skills for time and budget management and the ability to meet objectives within strictly set deadlines.
• Good oral and written communication skills in English are strictly required (C1 level).
• Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and with minimum supervision.
• Outcome focused, hands-on mentality.
• Willingness to travel internationally for project meetings and conferences.
How to apply
More information
Please contact Professor Korneel Rabaey (

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