PhD position in Combined IR, NIR and XRF inspection method for art materials and objects
University of Antwerp, Department of Chemistry

PhD position, Combined IR, NIR and XRF inspection method for art materials and objects


The research groups AXES (Department of Chemistry) and OP3MECH (faculty of Engineering Sciences) of the University of Antwerp has available a full-time

PhD position in the domain of the Combined IR, NIR and XRF inspection method for art materials and objects

Info on AXES research:

Info on OP3MECH research:

Your assignment

  • You prepare a doctoral dissertation in the domain of the inspection and chemical imaging of works of art and artistic materials by means of Infrared and X-radiation. This is done by means of different cameras and scanners available in both research groups.

  • You publish scientific articles related to the research project on which the appointment is made.

  • Your mail goal will be to eliminate the drawbacks of current inspection techniques by preceding the chemical speciation of different materials in a painting or surface layer (with XRF) with a swift chemical screening with thermography in the near infrared range. You use and improve (via programming) relevant algorithms for processing and combination of the different types of spectral and image data.

  • You take on limited tasks of teaching and research support.

Your profile

  • You hold a master’s degree in Industrial or Civil Engineering, Physics or Chemistry, or equivalent.

  • Your research quality is in line with the University Policy.

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

  • You function well in a team, as well as show your own initiative.

  • You have good communicative skills, both written and oral. You speak and write fluent English.

  • Programming experience is recommended.

We offer

  • a PhD scholarship (gross monthly amount from € 2.373,36 - € 2.516,73) for a total period of four years; an annual evaluation of the progress made will take place. Funding is available for the development of technical and personal skills and for participation in international congresses;

  • a dynamic and stimulating work environment with state-of-the-art instrumentation and computing facilities;

  • the contract can start immediately. The effective start date will be determined in consultation with the selected candidate.

How to apply?

  • Applications must be submitted online, and this until Sunday 1 December 2019. Your application dossier should include a CV and concise (250 words) motivation letter.

  • A preselection will be made based on the applications submitted; the remainder of the selection procedure is function-oriented and is determined by the selection committee.

  • The interviews of the candidates preselected by the selection committee will take place between 9 and 13 December 2019.

  • For information on completing the online application form, please contact

  • For questions about the profile and the description of duties, please contact Prof. Koen Janssens, en/of Prof. Gunther Steenackers,

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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