The Faculty of Sciences, capacity group Chemistry, research institute Institute for Materials Research, research group Laboratory of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry of Hasselt University seeks a (m/f) PhD student Inorganic and physical chemistry.IMO is the Institute for Materials Research of Hasselt University, located at the university campus in Diepenbeek (Province of Limburg, Flanders, Belgium). There are about 110 people working at IMO-IMOMEC. About 50 students are preparing their PhD, The team is strongly interdisciplinary (chemists, physicists, engineers, biomedical researchers,…). About 70 % of the research funding at IMO-IMOMEC comes from applied research projects, mainly in collaboration with industrial partners, and 30 % from funding for fundamental research by the Flemish government and the university. The topic of the PhD project is situated in the study of highly advanced nanostructured inorganic materials with applications in energy generation (e.g. photovoltaics) and energy storage (e.g. batteries).
These materials are synthesized by menas of wet chemical methods (sol-gel, hydrothermal precipitation, …). All projects have a strong interdisciplinary component (chemistry, materials science) whereby there is collaboration with other universities and research centres such as IMEC. According to the interest of the candidate, the emphasis of the work can be on synthesis or on characterization of the developed precursors and end materials by means of e.g. UV-micro-Raman spectrometry or other advanced techniques such as EXAFS. Also didactical tasks such as assistance in laboratory or theoretical exercises and/or internships will be part of the assignment.
- The candidate needs to be motivated to assist in didactical tasks of the department of chemistry;
- The candidate is a motivated and independant researcher with good communication skills;
- Can work well in team;
- Good knowledge of English;
- The candidate is supposed to perform research in the field of advanced inorganic Nanomaterials by means of wet chemical synthesis and/or advanced characterisation techniques such as UV-micro-Raman spectrometry or EXAFS;
- A solid background in inorganic and physical chemistry, materials science and in high technological materials is highly recommended.
Candidates have a master diploma (or equivalent) in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, engineering or materials science. Employment: Appointment for a period of 2 x 2 years (with evaluation after 2 years).
How to apply?
Applicants must use the official application forms which can be downloaded here at official website. Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please add a copy of your diploma, a list of courses and your results per course.
Deadline: 1 November 2011
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