Doctoral scholarship holder Inorganic chemistry – black titania synthesis

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Department: Department of Chemistry
Regime Full-time

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The Department of CHEMISTRY in the Faculty of SCIENCE is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of inorganic chemistry – black titania synthesis


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of synthesis-properties correlation of black titania. The specific role of the PhD topic for which this position is opened, is oriented to the fundamental understanding of the synthesis of coloured titania and how these depend on the properties of the titania materials and the reduction conditions. We aim at a controlled alteration of the reduction conditions of porous titania. An important part of the project will include characterization of the materials properties with different techniques, including EPR. You will collaborate with the other PhD students in the project that will evaluate the material’s capacity for CO2 reduction and their applicability as electrode material.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the chemistry department and the research group.


  • You hold a Master degree in Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Applied engineering or Bio-engineering with a strong background in inorganic material synthesis and characterisation or you will have obtained it by the time you start your PhD.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • 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.
  • You are a team player, willing to collaborate with other PhD students, postdocs and partners involved in this project
  • You are fluent in English, eager to learn and safety minded.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of one year, but following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed each year up to a total scholarship of 4 years maximum.
  • The planned start date is September 1st 2021 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 do most of your work at Campus Drie Eiken 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 July 7th 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV, and diploma transcripts if available
  • The selection committee will review all of the applications as soon as possible after the application deadline. As soon as a decision has been made, we will inform you about the next steps in the selection procedure.
  • If you have any questions about the online application form, please check the frequently asked questions or send an email to If you have any questions about the job itself, please contact Prof. Dr. Vera Meynen, PhD promotor, .

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