Post Doc in Catalytic Research in Biorefinery Context
KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis



Research group of Prof. Bert Sels within the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis of the KU Leuven, is looking for a motivated researcher at post-doc level to take part in a research program dedicated to biomass conversion into added-value chemicals.


This job covers research position (initially one year) at the Center for Surface Chemistry & Catalysis of the departement of M2S of KULeuven (Belgium) for a postdoctoral researcher in the frame of a EU project on biorefinery and chemicals production. You will work with dedicated and state of the art reactor facilities to execute the catalytic reactions, you will be able to synthesize and characterize novel catalysts using various available characterization tools, you will investigate the kinetics of the reaction and need to suggest process schemes with mass and energy integration.



The candidate should have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related fields.


Specific skills required: excellent knowledge about synthesis of supported nanoparticles using solid porous materials (zeolites, silicas, oxides etc.), excellent knowledge of and practical experiences with the typical characterization tools for solid catalysts (IR, TPD, TGA, XRD, UV etc.), experience in using plug-flow type of catalytic reactors.


The candidate should be open to interdisciplinary collaboration and be interested in both fundamental and applicative research.


The candidate should have a passion to do high level research in a very engaged and ambitious research team.


Ability to work independently and as a part of the team.


Fluent oral and written English is required.



We are offering a postdoctoral position in an intelectually challenging environment and a project environment with exciting interaction posibilities with people from other international universities and several industrial companies. KULeuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries both fundamental and applied scientific research.


We initially offer you a postdoctoral position for 1 year. Starting date is the beginning of 2019. We hope to recieve applications at the latest by November 12th, 2018.


For more information please contact Mrs. Ekaterina Makshina, tel.: +32 16 37 67 15, mail: or Prof. dr. ir. Bert Sels, tel.: +32 16 32 15 93, mail:
You can apply for this job no later than November 12, 2018 via the online application tool
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