Instructor - Electronics

School/Institution:University of Antwerp, Belgium, Antwerpen

Discipline: Electronics

Employment Type:Full-time


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Instructor position Photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing

Job description

Department: Department of Bioscience Engineering

Regime Full-time

The AXES research group at the University of Antwerp has an open position for a PhD to strengthen our developments in the field of photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing.

Titanium-dioxide-based materials are semiconductors with many versatile applications in chemical catalysis, electrochemical sensing, food industry, energy conversion and many more.

A considerable part of these applications rely on the electron-hole formation in titania by the absorption of light in the UV range. However, this restricts many practical applications, since sunlight has a limited UV content. Colored titania, such as gray and black titania, can be formed via thermal, chemical or sonochemical reduction pathways.

This PhD will contribute to the efforts of getting insight in the large heterogeneity in colored titania materials and their syntheses used in literature, currently hampering a clear correlation between synthesis, electronic structure and activity.

In this concerted action, we aim at a controlled alteration of the reduction conditions of porous titania linked to a direct determination of a variety of properties, such as electron traps, surface-adsorbed and surface-reacted species, bulk defects, band gap, polymorphs and pore sizes, and to activity measurements. For the latter we will test their capacity for photocatalytic reduction of CO2 and their applicability as electrode material in photo-electrochemical sensing applications.


PhD position in Science in the field of photo-electrochemical catalysis & sensing

Job descriptionYou prepare a doctoral thesis in the field of photo-electrochemistry.

  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment.
  • You present your work at national and international workshops and conferences.

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a master degree in chemistry, physics, bioscience or applied engineering.
  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Students in the final year of their degree can also apply.
  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university's policy.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A creative and analytical mind.
  • In view of the international context, mastering of the English language (both oral and written) is mandatory.

We offer

  • A doctoral scholarship for a period of two years, with the possibility of renewal for a further two-year period after positive evaluation;
  • The start date of the scholarship will be spring-summer 2021;
  • A dynamic and international working environment.


You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp's online job application platform up to and including April 15th, 2021 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:

  • A detailed CV (including honors, grades, skills, publications)
  • Contact info of two references together
  • A strong motivation letter
  • A weblink to a short video introducing yourself.

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. Karolien De Wael,

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