Doctoral scholarship holder (flow) batteries and electrochemical engineering for research group ELCAT

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Apr 2024

16 Mar 2024
Job Information

University of Antwerp
Research Field

Chemistry » Other
Engineering » Chemical engineering
Technology » Energy technology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

15 Apr 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Hours Per Week

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Let’s shape the future - University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp  is a dynamic, forward-thinking university. We offer an innovative academic education to more than 20000 students, conduct pioneering scientific research and play an important service-providing role in society. We are one of the largest, most international and most innovative employers in the region. With more than 6000 employees from 100 different countries, we are helping to build tomorrow's world every day. Through top scientific research, we push back boundaries and set a course for the future – a future that you can help to shape. 

The Faculty of Applied Engineering is looking for a full-time (100%)

doctoral scholarship holder in the field of (flow) batteries and electrochemical engineering for research group ELCAT

The focus within the group is on electrochemical processes for power-to-x-to-power purposes. The aim is to improve the controllability, flexibility and energy efficiency of reactions through electrocatalysis and electrochemical cell design. The research is divided into three main topics: electrocatalysis, electrosynthesis and electrochemical reactor engineering.

For more information on ongoing projects, current PhD projects and publications, please visit .


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of (flow) batteries. To ensure energy supply in the future, the ability to store electricity is crucial. Batteries stand out in terms of energy storage, but their performance in terms of charging and discharging can still be improved. Battery design is a key area where there is still room for improvement. You will develop new electrodes with a perfectly controllable structure and combine them to accurately control, understand and improve battery performance. You will compete for externally funded research grants in this context. As a PhD student in ELCAT, you will also support some of the general research tasks in the research group.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project and present these results on international conferences.
  • You will also assist with a limited number of teaching and research tasks that support the day-to-day functioning of the research group and the Faculty of Applied Engineering.


  • You hold a Master degree in chemical engineering / chemistry / chemical engineering technology / material sciences / an other related domain or equivalent or you will have obtained it by the time you start work.
  • Last year students (academic year 2023-2024) may also apply.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • You are proactive and have the right mindset for scientific research.
  • You are enthusiastic and highly motivated.
  • You can work safely in research laboratories, especially with chemicals.
  • Experience in conducting experiments with electrochemical systems is a plus.
  • You have a good knowledge of English in speaking and writing.
  • You are strong in planning and organising and can work independently.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision .
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies .
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of two years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed once for another two-year period.
  • The planned start date is 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • Your monthly scholarship amount is calculated according to the scholarship amounts  for doctoral scholarship holders on the pay scales for Contract Research Staff (Dutch: Bijzonder Academisch Personeel, BAP).
  • You will receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimboursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken (Universiteitsplein 1, Wilrijk) in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here .

Want to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including 15 April 2024 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button and complete the online application form. Be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter
    • your academic CV
  • The selection committee reviews all applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision is made, we will notify you. If you are still eligible after the pre-selection, you will be informed about the possible next step(s) in the selection procedure. Please note that the (online) selection interviews will take place on 15 May 2024.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions  or send an email to [email protected] . If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof Jonas Hereijgers ([email protected] ).

The University of Antwerp received the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award  for its HR policy. We are a sustainable, family-friendly organisation which invests in its employees’ growth. We encourage diversity  and attach great importance to an inclusive working environment and equal opportunities, regardless of gender identity, disability, race, ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or age. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and with diverse characteristics to apply.

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

Research Field
Years of Research Experience
1 - 4

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University of Antwerp
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Prinsstraat 13

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