Postdoctoral position in the area of “3D Structure Characterization of Nanomaterials under Realistic Conditions” under the supervision of Prof Sara Bals

The vacancy is situated in an H2020 ERC Consolidator grant 3D Structure of Nanomaterials under Realistic Conditions (REALNANO). The overarching goal of REALNANO is to establish the structure-property connection of nanomaterials under realistic conditions. Tracking 3D changes of nanomaterials and their surface ligands in a thermal and gaseous environment is therefore required. We will develop innovative and quantitative 3D characterisation tools, compatible with the fast changes of nanomaterials that occur in a realistic thermal and gaseous environment. To visualise surface ligands, we will combine direct electron detection with novel exit wave reconstruction techniques.

Job description

  • A successful candidate will work on the development of novel alignment and 3D reconstruction algorithms for in-situ electron tomography;
  • You have the opportunity to supervise student projects;
  • You are enthusiastic and greatly interested in transmission electron microscopy and materials science;
  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project of the assignment;
  • You present your work at national and international workshops and conferences;

Profile and requirements

  • You hold a PhD degree with a background in e.g. physics, computing science, mathematics or tomography;
  • You are enthusiastic and greatly interested in the field of electron microscopy data;
  • You can submit outstanding academic results;
  • You are highly motivated, quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

We offer

  • An appointment for an initial period of 1 year, renewable depending on performance
  • an exciting project in which we will aim to go significantly beyond the state-of-the-art;
  • a competitive salary;
  • the preferred starting date is between 1 June 2019 and 1 July 2019, but will be adapted to the selected candidate’s availability;
  • a world-class, dynamic and stimulating work environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing facilities (see also

How to apply

You can submit by 1st of June 2019 your motivation letter, CV, summary of your Master thesis, a list and grades of the courses that you took during your studies, and names of 2 professional referees as one single PDF file uploaded on the Application Submission page and select “Postdoc REALNANO” option.

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Sara Bals, tel. +32 3 265 3284,