Doctoral scholarship holder Materials chemistry – organic surface modification

Department: Department of Chemistry
Regime Full-time

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The Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science is looking for a full-time (100%) doctoral scholarship holder in the field of Materials chemistry – organic surface modification.


  • You will work actively on the preparation and defence of a PhD thesis in the field of organic-inorganic hybrid materials. You will prepare organic surface modified materials and focus on the understanding of the reaction mechanisms and the role of surface and synthesis conditions. You will do dedicated synthesis and perform and develop advanced characterization to reveal surface differences. You will closely collaborate with the computational chemistry group studying the interaction between molecules and solid surfaces by dedicated synthesis and characterization to provide them with input for their computational work. In the same context, you provide samples for advanced characterization.
  • You will publish scientific articles related to the research project.
  • You will follow the university doctoral program
  • You will carry out a limited number of teaching and research support tasks for the Department of Chemistry.


  • You hold a Master degree in Chemistry or (bio-)engineering with finality in Chemistry or you will have obtained it by the time the PhD starts. Master students graduating in 2023 are encouraged to apply.
  • You can demonstrate excellent study results.
  • Your teaching competences are in line with the University of Antwerp’s educational vision.
  • Your research qualities are in line with the faculty and university research policies.
  • You act with attention to quality, integrity, creativity and cooperation.
  • You are a team player and good communicator.
  • Experience in materials chemistry and/or organic surface modification is a plus.

What we offer

  • We offer a doctoral scholarship for a period of one years. Following a positive evaluation, the scholarship will be renewed each year up to a total period of 4-years.
  • The planned start date is June 1st 2023 or as soon as possible after that date.
  • 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 receive ecocheques, Internet-connectivity allowance and a bicycle allowance or a full reimbursement of public transport costs for commuting.
  • You will do most of your work at Campus Groenenborger in a dynamic and stimulating working environment.
  • Find out more about working at the University of Antwerp here.

How to apply?

  • You can apply for this vacancy through the University of Antwerp’s online job application platform up to and including March 22 2023 (by midnight Brussels time). Click on the 'Apply' button, complete the online application form and be sure to include the following attachments: a motivation letter, your academic CV and the completed appendix for BAP.
  • 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 after the first selection round you are selected for a second selection round, you will be invited for an (possibly online) interview. Please make a note of the following dates: an afternoon in the first week of April (interview).
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