Professor in Sustainable chemistry University of Antwerp, Blue App Belgium

Professor, Sustainable chemistry


Blue App is a unique open innovation hub and a living lab for sustainable chemistry in a quadruple helix approach. As part of its dynamic policy and its overall focus on sustainability and the further expansion of the interdisciplinary research in the area of sustainable chemistry, the University of Antwerp is seeking a full-time vacancy for a


Professor (ZAP) in the area of sustainable chemistry


Job description

The assignment consists of scientific research, lecturing duties and academic service to society.

  • You will expand the scientific research in the area of sustainable chemistry, as well as the capacity to provide strong and proactive academic leadership in developing a high impact chemical research program, as part of an integrated and collaborative approach to sustainable chemistry and materials research across the university. You connect to existing strong research competences and lifts this knowledge to a higher technology readiness level (TRL).

  • All areas of chemical engineering based on strong materials research are of interest, including but not limited to: valorization of side and waste streams, renewable chemicals, continuous chemical processing flow chemistry, chemical reactor engineering, catalysis and separations, energy and sustainability, process intensification and systems engineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology.

  • You will support and cooperate with relevant research groups collaborating in the interdisciplinary Institute of Environment and Sustainable development (IMDO) of the Faculty of Science, department of Chemistry and department of Bioscience Engineering, Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences and the Faculty of Applied Engineering that are active in the area of sustainable chemistry.

  • You will support the Blue_App concept, building and business model by providing scientific and technological support to this open innovation hub. The building is in construction and your starting date might be filled in gradually depending on this realisation.

  • You will lead the further development of collaborative links (research and other) across the industry.

  • You will acquire and manage external funding (national and international) mainly oriented to TRL 4-6 and in strong cooperation with industry.

  • You will supervise master and doctoral students.

  • You will contribute to the development of and offer scientific services to Blue App as pre-incubator for Sustainable (process) chemistry.

  • You will be assigned limited lecturing duties in Sustainable Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Process Technology in service of the supporting departments.


Candidate selection is weighted, toward the potential impact and innovativeness of the proposed research program, its relevance for chemical industry and its valorization related to existing research activities.


Profile and requirements

  • You hold a doctorate degree (PhD) in Chemistry, Bioscience Engineering or Engineering or equivalent.

  • You have preferably more than 6 years’ experience on postdoctoral level or R&D experience in an industrial environment at the closing date of the vacancy.

  • You have an international academic or industrial CV and perform qualitatively outstanding academic research in the broader field according to the domain involved.

  • The focus in your teaching corresponds to the educational vision of the university.

  • Your academic qualities comply with the requirements stipulated in the university’s policy.

  • You have leadership skills (or the potential to develop them).

  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and cooperative.

  • You can meet the statutory language requirements for both the knowledge of the teaching language and the administrative language, Dutch. The University of Antwerp provides the necessary support.


We offer

  • a full-time position as a (full) professor, generally entailing a permanent appointment. In the case of a first appointment to the corps of academic personnel (ZAP), the university board may proceed to a temporary appointment for a period not exceeding three years. This position will lead to a permanent appointment if the performance is assessed favourably;

  • in case of equal qualifications, priority will be given to candidates of the underrepresented gender within the domain of science. This priority is not automatically and unconditionally; as the evaluation will always take into account the personal situation of every candidate;

  • the date of appointment will be 1 September 2019;

  • a gross monthly salary ranging as lecturer from € 4.255,06 - €6.272,13; and as (full) professor from €4.872,61 - € 7.654,80;

  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment.


How to apply?

  • Applications may only be submitted online, until the closing date 10 February 2019. The application form must be completed, including a detailed research proposal (mandatory) for the next five years (approx. 5 000 words) and a report of your previous scientific research activities (max. 5 000 words). In addition, you add two abstracts of the scientific content of the research plan – a scientific abstract and an abstract in layman's terms –maximum 500 words (or max. 4000 characters). All documents must be submitted in English.

  • A pre-selection will be made from amongst the submitted applications. The remainder of the selection procedure is specific to the position and will be determined by the selection panel.

  • More information about the application form can be obtained from

  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Silvia Lenaerts,, Tel. +32 (0)3 265 36 93.


The University of Antwerp is a family friendly organization, with a focus on equal opportunities and diversity. Our HR-policy for researchers was awarded by the European Commission with the quality label HR Excellence in research.


We support the Science4Refugees initiative and encourage asylum-seeking, refugee scientists and researchers to apply for a job at the University of Antwerp.

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