Post-doc in Metal-Organic Frameworks for Electronics Delft University of Technology, Applied Sciences Netherlands

Post-doc: Metal-Organic Frameworks for Electronics

Department/faculty: Applied Sciences

Level: PhD degree

Working hours: 38 hours per week

Contract: 1,5 years

Salary: €2588 to €4084

Applied Sciences

The Faculty of Applied Sciences is the largest faculty of TU Delft, with around 550 scientists, a support staff of 250 and 1,800 students. The faculty conducts fundamental, application-oriented research and offers scientific education at the bachelor, master and doctoral levels. The faculty is active in the fields of Life and Health Science & Technology, Nanoscience, Chemical Engineering, Radiation Science & Technology, and Applied Physics.

The Department of Chemical Engineering promotes the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in chemical engineering, with a focus on materials for energy and health applications. We aspire to improve the quality of life in a sustainable society through discovery and innovation, the quality of life of our graduates through inspiration and teaching, and the quality of life of our peers through collaboration and exchange. With a proud heritage in chemical engineering, the department seeks to break new ground in areas where molecular understanding and engineering design meet.

The post-doctoral fellow will work under the guidance of Monique A. van der Veen. The van der Veen group focuses on the development of metal-organic frameworks for photocatalysis and electronics. An important component of research in the van der Veen group is the use of advanced optical spectroscopy to gain new insight into the structure and function of nanoporous materials.


Job description

The position is part of a larger project in which ferroelectrics based on metal-organic frameworks will be developed. Ferroelectrics are here targeted to be used as physically flexible memories and mechanical energy harvesters. These can be used in (biocompatible) sensors for the Internet of Things. The European Research Council has awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant to Monique A. van der Veen for this research.
You will work in a team of experimentalists and theorists to achieve this common goal. As a post-doctoral fellow you will support the PhD students in their synthesis efforts, and you will focus on achieving the synthesis of more challenging MOF structures, as well as developing new synthetic methods to grow MOFs in nanolamellae and thin films. These are relevant for electronic characterisation and the production of MOFs into many types of devices. You will also delve into the nanoscopic characterisation of the electronic properties of your materials.   



The candidate must hold a PhD in Metal-Organic Chemistry, or will have submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment. Experience with advanced physical characterisation (e.g. refinement of XRD patterns, AFM, dielectric spectroscopy) is beneficial but not required.


Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers child care and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.


Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Monique van der Veen, phone: +31 (0)15-2786458, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV, BSc and MSc grades list, and a letter of application to Ms. Arkesteijn, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number TNWCE17-067.

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