(ref. BAP-2020-643)

Last modification : Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A position is available for a strongly motivated postdoc at the Membrane Technology Group (Prof. Ivo Vankelecom) of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of KU Leuven, Belgium.

–     You will have your own dedicated research project on membrane development, but will also be involved in the daily co-supervision of a group of PhD and/or masterstudents working in your broader field of expertise.

–     Your own research project is partly pure scientific, partly industry-driven, involving a very broad international user committee, and is situated in one of the following fields

solvent resistant and solvent tolerant nanofiltration

forward or pressure retarded osmosis

reverse osmosis

redox flow batteries

gas separation

membrane bioreactors


–     PhD in bioscience engineering, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or nanotechnology with a strong interest in the physico-chemistry of polymeric and mixed matrix membrane materials.

–     Any of following specialisations during Master, PhD or working experience forms a bonus:

– Preparation of polymer-based membranes via phase inversion, layer by layer deposition and/or interfacial polymerization

– Polymer chemistry and polymer physics (in specific related to assembly of charged polymers and phase separation of polymers and their blends)

– Membrane applications

–     Interest in both the fundamental understanding of membrane preparation and in the development of new membrane applications.

–     Strong publication record in high-impact journals.

–     Team-player,motivated and eager to learn.

–     Excellent written and oral communication skills.

–     Ability to work in an interdisciplinary, international and collaborative environment.

–     Self-motivated,enthusiastic and being able to organise and prioritise own workload.

–     Being able to write research projects and to effectively disseminate outcomes through papers, presentations and patents.

–     Being able to efficiently achieve objectives and overcome obstacles.

–     No-nonsense approach with an eye for opportunities

  • Duration: 1 year,extended for at least 2 more years after positive evaluation. In parallel, scholarshipswill be applied for via additional funding opportunities during your stay oreven already before arrival.
  • Starting date : asap
  • A position in a stimulating,interdisciplinary scientific environment, as part of an ambitious, internationaland dynamic team, with both academic and industrial targets.
  • Access to world-classresearch facilities (
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Ivo Vankelecom, tel.: +32 16 32 15 94, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than September 04, 2020 via the online application tool
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