Postdoctoral researcher in Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

WorkplaceAntwerpen, Flemish Region, Belgium
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Department: Department of Physics
Regime Full-time

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Within the frame of a VLAIO-moonshot project, we look for a full-time (100%) postdoctoral researcher in the field of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Sara Bals (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 postdoctoral researcher situated within a VLAIO-Moonshot project entitled "Clusters for CO2 electrolyzers to ethylene - CLUE". This research project aims in the development of an efficient electrolyzer for durable electrochemical conversion of CO2 to ethylene using realistic and industrially-relevant CO2 streams and highly stable and efficient electrodes based on mono- and bimetallic deposited clusters. Obtaining insights on the structural, morphological and compositional properties of the cluster arrays as prepared and under electrocatalytic reaction conditions is of great importance to the project, something which will be achieved by using novel ex- and in-situ TEM methods. The team at UAntwerp 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 publish scientific articles related to the research project;
  • You will use a liquid/biasing and a gas/heating TEM holders to track surface and composition changes of (bi)metallic clusters at the nanoscale under reactive environments;
  • You present your work at national and international workshops and conferences;
  • You will be employed at the University of Antwerp and closely interact with the partners of the consortium;


  • You hold a PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or equivalent;
  • You can submit outstanding academic 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;
  • You have already experience with the use of advanced TEM techniques and in-situ gas and liquid holders;
  • You have excellent knowledge of the English language, in both oral and written communication;

What we offer

  • An appointment for an initial period of one year which can be prolonged depending on performance;
  • An exciting project in which we will aim to go significantly beyond the state-of-the-art;
  • A competitive salary;
  • The position will be filled as soon as possible. The starting date is between 1st of January 2023 and 1st of February 2023, but will be adapted to the selected candidate’s availability;
  • 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 ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> );
  • 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 27 October 2022. Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments:
    • a motivation letter,
    • a summary of your Master and/or PhD thesis
    • 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. Sara Bals, tel. +3232653284 (see also ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> ) and Prof. Dr. Thomas Altantzis, tel. +3232659302, (see also ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> )

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