Postdoctoral researcher

Last application date
Nov 11, 2019 23:59
TW11 - Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering
Employment category
Postdoctoral staff member group 2
Unlimited duration with clause
PhD in Chemical Engineering
Occupancy rate
Vacancy Type
Research staff

Job description

The Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical engineering is looking for a post-doctoral scientific researcher in the area of chemical reaction kinetics and reactors. Contract: starting in 1st December 2019 with occupancy rate 100%. SUMMARY The main goal for the OPTIMA project is to develop and demonstrating the first validated 3D single phase multiscale modelling framework in OpenFOAM based on first principles, in which turbulence, chemistry and turbulence-chemistry interaction are properly accounted for. This five-year European project comprises 2 partners (UGent and the Von Karman Institute). JOB DESCRIPTION The Laboratory for Chemical Technology (LCT) at Ghent University is looking for a postdoctoral researcher with experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics. The postdoctoral researcher will be active on various parallel projects, requiring multi scale modeling using Fluent and OpenFOAM. For validation, new set-ups will need to be developed and/or existing ones will need to be tuned to the specific purposes of the project. As a follow-up of the implementation of the set-up modifications, the postdoctoral researcher is expected to plan, coordinate and execute experimental campaigns aiming to acquire so-called ‘intrinsic’ kinetics information. It will serve in obtaining a fundamental understanding of commercial-scale implemented production processes. The position will also entail collaboration with industrial partners. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral for scientific publications and training/coaching/teaching of students are also required.

Profile of the candidate


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering or Materials Engineering; for diplomas awarded outside the European Union, a certificate of equivalence (NARIC) must be submitted. The degree requirements need to be fulfilled at the start of your appointment.
  • Expertise in commercial and open-source Computational Fluid Dynamic codes and coding.
  • Experienced within the field of complex fluid dynamics systems, both from an experimental as from a theoretical point of view.
  • Proven track record of technical writing through scientific publications in (inter)national peer-reviewed academic journals that are widely disseminated.
  • Excellent communication skills in English – both oral and written.
  • Living in Belgium or ready to stay in Belgium during the research.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to apply by submitting two types of documents by e-mail to Prof. Kevin Van Geem (Kevin.VanGeem@ugent ) by November 1st 2019, 23:59 (CET):

1) A single pdf-document with:

  • a letter of application/cover letter
  • a CV (including the contact details of one person we may contact for a reference)
  • a copy of the required PhD’s degree or a copy of the submitted Ph.D

2) On the basis of these documents, candidates will be selected for an interview (if necessary, interviews can be held via Skype if the applicants live abroad).