Doctoral scholarship holder Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Aug 2022

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Within the frame of an EOS project, we look for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sandra Van Aert (EMAT, University of Antwerp) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Altantzis (ELCAT, University of Antwerp).

Project description

The University of Antwerp has an open position for a PhD student situated within an EOS project entitled "Chiral symmetry breaking from Surface to Bulk: a multidisciplinary approach of the crystallization of achiral and chiral molecules - CHISUB". This research project aims to evaluate structural chirality at the atomic scale in both 2D and 3D, for which novel TEM methods will be developed. In particular, atomic resolution electron tomography and the use of electron vortex beams combined with advanced statistical data analysis methods will be explored to reach this goal. The team at UAntwerpen will closely collaborate with the other partners of the consortium to evaluate and complement the developed TEM techniques. The TEM experiments will be performed at the EMAT laboratory of the University of Antwerp, using state-of-the-art techniques.

Research group

EMAT is one of the leading electron microscopy centers in the world and has a vast expertise in both fundamental and applied electron microscopy. EMAT has several state of the art electron microscopes including three aberration corrected, high end ThermoFischer Scienctific-Titan instruments, a dual beam FIB, an environmental SEM,... More about us can be found at our webpage .


  • You work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis;
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project;
  • You will be in charge of the development, acquisition, and optimization of integrated differential phase contrast (iDPC-STEM) imaging, 4D STEM with electron vortex beams, and atomic resolution electron tomography;
  • You present your work at national and international workshops and conferences;
  • Your will work in close collaboration with another PhD student, who will be working on the development of novel quantification strategies;


  • You hold a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or equivalent or you will have obtained it by the time you start working;
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results;
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies ;
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative, cooperative and able to work efficiently within a team;
  • Experience with the use of TEM is an advantage but not required;
  • You have excellent knowledge of the English language, in both oral and written communication;

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of 1 year. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another 3 years;
  • An exciting project in which we will aim to go significantly beyond the state-of-the-art;
  • The position will be filled as soon as possible. The starting date is between 1st of October 2022 and 1st of November 2022, but will be adapted to the selected candidate’s availability;
  • 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 have the opportunity to be immersed in a world-class, dynamic and stimulating work environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing facilities (see also  );
  • You will do most of your work at campus Groenenborger in a dynamic and stimulating working environment, with frequent visits and interactions with the group;
  • 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 until 15 August 2022. Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter,
    • your academic CV (including followed courses, honours, previous work, programming skills, publications, …)
    • a weblink to a short video introducing yourself,
    • a list and grades of the courses that you took during your studies (Bachelor and Master)
    • contact info of 2 professional referees.
  • 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 . Additional information about the position itself can be obtained from: Prof. Dr. Sandra Van Aert, tel. +3232653252,  (see also  ) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Altantzis, tel. +3232659302,  (see also )

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