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Postdoctoral position, Computational Atom Probe Tomography

WorkplaceAntwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium


Postdoctoral position, Computational Atom Probe Tomography - 2019BAPFWETEF340

Department: Dept. of Physics (Vision Lab)

Position status: Full Time Salaried


Atom Probe Tomography (APT) is a state-of-the-art analytical method that allows for three-dimensional elemental mapping with near atomic resolution. It is a powerful tool that can provide unique compositional information on a variety of materials systems such as complex alloys, semiconductor materials and devices, and ceramic materials. Due to its outstanding spatial resolution (Δx ≈ Δy ≈ 0.2 nm and Δz ≈ 0.1 nm) and detection sensitivity (element concentrations down to a few ppm can be detected irrespective of elemental mass) it provides information essential for understanding structure-property relationships of complex materials and understanding atomic-scale phenomena such as solute segregation or clustering that may control local phase transformations and resulting material properties.

Tasks :

  • develop a practical APT reconstruction method that reconstructs a nano-sample composed of millions of atoms
  • employ state-of-the art computational techniques (e.g. deep learning) to decrease reconstruction time.


Applicants are expected to hold a PhD ?n physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering. Excellent programming skills and communication in English ?r? key assets. Expertise ?n tomographic image reconstruction or inverse problems is a plus.

Labs involved:

The Vision Lab is a research group of the physics department at the University of Antwerp. The Vision Lab has unique expertise in the development of algorithms for reconstruction, processing and analysis of tomographic imaging data. Application domains are x-ray computed tomography (CT), MRI and electron tomography. The working environment is strongly interdisciplinary, combining techniques and insights from physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. The Vision Lab has a broad range of national and international collaborations with both academic and industrial partners. Recent publications on tomography can be found on ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fvisielab.uantwerpen.be%2Fresearch%2Ftomography&module=jobs&id=2780" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://visielab.uantwerpen.be/research/tomography .

Moreover, the analysis of semiconductor samples will be performed in close collaboration with imec ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.imec-int.com%2Fen%2Fhome&module=jobs&id=2780" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.imec-int.com/en/home ).

Our offer:

  • An exciting 2-year research project in a dynamic and international context.
  • Multidisciplinary research: close cooperation with imec for atom probe data acquisition
  • a world-class research environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation

Starting date:

beginning of 2020 (to be discussed)


Interested candidates are invited to send a motivation letter, a detailed CV (including grades, honors, publications, ...), and contact info of at least two references to Christine Waerebeek ( Christine.Waerebeek [at] uantwerpen[.]be ), Prof. Jan Sijbers ( Jan.Sijbers [at] uantwerpen[.]be ) and Prof. Jan De Beenhouwer ( jan.debeenhouwer [at] uantwerpen[.]be ).

The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research .

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