Open Research Positions (Ph.D. and postdoc level), Belgium

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  • Published date: March 11, 2021
    • Ghent (Zwijnaarde), Belgium

Within the framework of various running and recently granted projects various research positions are available.

• Modeling Metal Halide Perovskites for next generation optoelectronic applications – Intended for applicants with a physics (engineering) background
Within the framework of an interuniversity projects with experimental partners of the KULeuven (Prof. Hofkens, Roeffaers), UAntwerpen (Prof. Bals, Van Aert, Verbeeck). Also joint PhDs with KULeuven, UAntwerpen are possible where partly experimental work is performed.
• Zeolite catalysis for the conversion of new feedstocks (CO2, C1 chemistry, methanol conversion) – Intended for applicants with a chemical (engineering) background
Within the framework of national/international large scale research projects with partners at KULeuven, Utrecht University, University of Oslo, University College London, KAUST – Saudi Arabia,… International exchanges with the partners are possible
• Hybrid membrane/sorption technology for more efficient C2 and C3 separations – Intended both for applicants with a chemical, physics (engineering) background
Within the framework of a CO2 Moonshot project with partners of the KULeuven (Prof. Vankelecom, Ameloot), VUB (Joeri Denayer) and with an industrial advisory board
• Design of materials to capture and convert energy molecules (H2) – Intended for applicants with a chemical or physics(engineering) background
Within the framework of a CO2 Moonshot project with partners of KULeuven, VUB, UAntwerpen

The research group of prof. Van Speybroeck is embedded within the multidisciplinary Center for Molecular Modeling (CMM, ) and has received world recognition for modeling functional nanoporous materials with applications in sustainable chemistry, nanosensing and clean energy. We acquired a unique position worldwide, as we model materials as close as possible to experimental conditions. To this end we are continuously developing and applying the most advanced models that allow to bridge from the nanoscale to the experimentally observed length and time scales. Within the framework of the currently opened positions we aim to develop machine learning potentials, coarse grained models to model materials at realistic length scales up to 1 m. Furthermore for the chemically oriented topics we will rely on our vast expertise in molecular dynamics methods to simulate catalytic processes at operating conditions, e.g. at realistic temperatures, pressures, within solvents, … Our team consists of a broad variety of researchers, some of them are performing more theoretically oriented research where new methods are developed, implemented in software packages whereas other researchers use available programs and focus on the application oriented research questions.

- You are highly motivated to become an independent researcher and to contribute to important societal problems related to clean energy production, non-fossil based production of chemicals, design of materials for the next generation energy carriers,…
- You have a strong academic record showing your potential to become a excellent researcher.
- You have excellent communication skills and have a strong motivation to collaborate both within the CMM with other researchers and with other researchers of our network.
- For PhDs : You have or will soon obtain your master’s degree in the field of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Physical Engineering.
- For postdocs : You can rely on a CV with a strong track record based on high profile papers, contributions to international conferences,….
- We are looking for candidates with a pro-active working style; willingness to look beyond the borders of his/her own discipline and a strong motivation to work in a multidisciplinary team
- Experience with quantum chemistry software (Gaussian, VASP, CP2K,…) and coding (Python, C, ...) is an advantage for prospective PhD students and a requirement for prospective postdocs. For PhD student without modelling experience we will provide active training during the first months.

More info about the Center for Molecular Modeling, the importance of the research, our offer and the application procedure can be found in the vacancy details on the website of the Center for Molecular Modeling: .

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