Doctoral scholarship holder coincidence detection of electrons and X-rays in electronmicroscopy

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Doctoral scholarship holder coincidence detection of electrons and X-rays in electronmicroscopy

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Department: Department of Physics Regime Full-time

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The EMAT research group from the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science is looking for a full-time (100%)

Doctoral scholarship holder in the field of coincidence detection of electrons and X-rays in electron microscopy

Project description

EMAT (Electron Microscopy for Materials Science) has an open position for a PhD candidate situated within a national FWO fundamental research project entitled "Coincident event detection for advanced spectroscopy in transmission electron microscopy". In this project, the time resolved detection of accelerated electrons and X-rays will be explored as a novel route to advanced spectroscopy in electron microscopy. Indeed, when fast electrons hit a sample, they can excite the atoms in that sample and lose a specific amount of energy. This event can be followed by the emission of a characteristic X-ray upon decay of the atom to its ground state. Typically, both electron energy loss or X-rays are detected separately and are used for spectroscopic purposes. In this project we will build a novel setup to make use of the time correlation between both information channels in order to obtain more selective information. The goal is to develop this novel setup and to apply and optimise it to relevant materials science cases. More information on the project can be obtained upon request.

Research group

EMAT is one of the leading electron microscopy centres 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 two aberration corrected, high end FEI-Titan instruments, a dual beam FIB, an environmental SEM, ... More about us 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 present your work at national and international workshops and conferences.
  • You will work under the supervision of Prof Jo Verbeeck (University of Antwerp).


  • You hold a Master degree in Physics, (Electronic) Engineering, Materials Science or Materials Engineering 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 act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You like to think of creative solutions, and are eager to create new instruments hands-on and to develop and maintain the code that drives them.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of 1 year, starting as soon as possible. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship can be renewed for another 3 years.
  • 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 up to and including 29 November 2021. 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 from 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 job itself can be obtained from: Prof. Jo Verbeeck,

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