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Organic Chemistry PhD Open Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

Organic Chemistry PhD Open Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

Organic Chemistry PhD Open Position @ Ghent University | Belgium: Established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands, Ghent University (Dutch: Universiteit Gent, abbreviated as UGent) is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. After the Belgian revolution of 1830, the newly formed Belgian state began to administer the university. In 1930, it became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium—French having been the academic language up to that point. In 1991, the university was granted major autonomy and changed its name from State University of Ghent (Dutch: Rijksuniversiteit Gent, abbreviated as RUG) to its current designation. It is one of the largest Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members.

Organic Chemistry PhD Open Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

Ph. D. position as part of a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) grant by Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH (Rheinbach, DE) and Ghent University (Ghent, BE)
Last application dateOct 31, 2016 23:59DepartmentWE06 – Department of Inorganic and physical chemistryContractLimited durationGradeMaster of ScienceOccupancy rate100%Vacancy TypeResearch staff
The demand of earth’s growing population for cheap and readily available energy requires smart answers to yet unsolved problems. Chemical solutions have to be highly innovative and technologically viable at the same time. Having excellent resources and creating an even greater stream of ideas will therefore be essential in the future.
In particular superconductors offer highest material and energy efficiency in generating and transporting electricity. Highly compact new cable applications and fault current limiters as well as lightweight systems for generators become possible.

Deutsche Nanoschicht GmbH (http://www.d-nano.com/), since 2013 a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH, has developed an innovative chemical coating process to produce yttrium barium copper oxide high temperature superconductors (HTS) in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to enable the introduction of superconductors throughout the energy sector.

In cooperation with the Department for Inorganic & Physical Chemistry at Ghent University (http://www.we06.ugent.be/), D-Nano is seeking an excellent research fellow for a European Union funded FP7 research program on applied high temperature superconductivity with the objective to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry/Material Sciences.

The position is the result of a recently funded European Industrial Doctorate (EID) project under a Marie Curie Initial Training Network entitled “Synthesis and Formulation for Nanoparticle modified YBCO (SynFoNY)”. SynFoNY is a collaborative and interdisciplinary research project carried by a R&D Verbund between two academic and three industrial partners, with University of Ghent and D-Nano (www.d-nano.com) as the major contributors. Associated parties are the University of Turku, Finland, BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany), the world’s largest chemical company, and High Throughput Experimentation GmbH (HTE, Heidelberg, Germany), another 100 % subsidiary of BASF SE.

The research objective of SynFoNY is to develop a fundamental understanding of ex situ pinning effects in YBCO superconductive thin films, encompassing not only the synthesis of highly monodisperse dielectric nanoparticles and their formulation as printable or coatable YBCO inks, but also their application in R2R processed HTS tapes. Ensuring the reproducibility of an optimized pinning effect, and thereby leveraging the commercialization of YBCO superconductive tapes, will be the ultimate goal of this EID programme.

The project is fully funded for three years and the salaries are highly competitive (Horizon 2020 funding including mobility grant). This project will provide unique training opportunities in project-relevant techniques, and in related transferrable skills offered as a mix of industrial and academic training. The industrial training will give the fellow
researchers unique insights into a more pragmatic approach to research where businessrelated factors play a more important role in the decision making process. The researchers will spend at least 50% of their time in the laboratories of the industrial partner, shared among D-Nano, HTE and BASF SE. Since academic and industrial partners are located in different countries, mobility and the willingness to change location after completion of
certain project phases are required.

We are inviting applications from excellent graduates in Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Physics or Chemical Engineering, with scientific interest in and preferably practical experience in ink formulation, nanoparticle synthesis, and/or coatings. A recently obtained Master of Science level is mandatory; researchers can be of any nationality (except German). According to the Horizon 2020 Marie Curie regulations, at the time of recruitment by the host
organization (D-Nano), researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activities
(work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the
3 years immediate prior to the reference date.

We expect the following skills from applicants:

  • Excellent graduate in Chemistry, Materials Sciences, Physics or Chemical Engineering with special focus on
    Particle technology, Metalorganic solution and suspension chemistry, Chemical solution deposition, Reel-to-reel coating technology, Thin film growth and crystallization and/or
  • Electrical and physical property analysis ability to conduct industrial research in a highly interdisciplinary and international environment
  • Interest in economic aspects of industrial research and product development
  • MBA or similar studies and/or extracurricular activities, e. g. student consulting experience high mobility for international studies in Germany, Belgium and Finland very good knowledge of the English language, both written and verbal.

How To Apply:

We are looking forward to receiving your CV and application letter, which should include publication list/transcripts and grades. Applications should be sent by email, before October 31, 2016 to synfony@d-nano.com in the subject line. The PhD student could start in mid 2017, with a candidate applying for a second position to Ghent University starting in Q1, 2017.


Organic Chemistry PhD Open Position @ Ghent University | Belgium

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