PhD student materials chemistry/physics on electrocatalytic water splitting

About the function

You will conduct research within the EFM expertise group for 4 years, collaborating with national and international partners, write and publish scientific articles, actively participate in international and national conferences and workshops, and develop your soft- and technical skills via international research stays and (doctoral school) training courses, with the aim of writing a doctoral dissertation. The candidate will get the opportunity to build expertise in the fields of electrochemistry, materials science, and energy storage.
Your research concerns the topic: "Design, synthesis, and performance of electrocatalysts for overall electrochemical water splitting".
As the ideal candidate to this opening, you have a strong background in (at least) one of the following fields: materials chemistry/physics, electrochemistry, energy materials. A combination of skills related to several of these fields will be considered as an advantage, although this is not strictly required.
You are part of a large, interdisciplinary institute (IMO-IMOMEC) with a broad international and national scope. You participate in the Doctoral School of Sciences & Technology. You will also have some (limited) teaching tasks in the chemistry/materiomics programs.

About us

The UHasselt-IMO expertise group EFM focusses on the design and synthesis of various functional materials, especially carbon related materials, as well as their applications for sensing, electrochemical energy storage, and conversion applications. With the financial support from UHasselt, the EFM group is seeking for a 4-year PhD candidate to work on the design and synthesis of novel electrocatalysts and their applications for overall electrocatalytic water splitting. It is expected that the candidate has a general background in electrochemistry and materials science/engineering. The candidate shall have a strong interest in both experimental/theoretical aspects and is motivated to collaborate with different partners inside and outside of Hasselt University.

About you

  • You have obtained a Master in Chemistry, Physics, Materials science (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge in at least one of the following topics: materials sciences, chemistry, physics.
  • Knowledge of electrochemistry and/or spectroscopy is an added value.
  • You have proven expertise in literature reviewing, scientific writing, presenting research to an expert audience.
  • You strive for quality.
  • You work organised and precise.
  • You take responsibility of the design, synthesis, and performance evaluation of electrocatalysts
  • You are fluent in written and oral communication in English.
  • You can work autonomously as well as in teams.

Our offer

You will be appointed and paid as PhD student.
You will be appointed as a PhD student for 2x2 years after a positive evaluation.

Apply for this position

The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on application file and an interview.

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Apply up to 01.10.2023

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Prof. dr. Wouter MAES

Full professor

Prof. dr. Nianjun YANG