Post Doctoral Researcher

Ghent University
February 28, 2023
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→ Apply before 28/02/2023 (DD/MM/YYYY) 23:59 (Brussels Time) → Faculty of Sciences → Department: WE06 - Chemie → Occupancy rate:100% → Number of positions: 1 → Type of employment: Contract of limited duration → Term of assignment: 24 months → Wage scale: PD1 to PD4 (doctoral degree) → Required diploma: PhD


Ghent University is a world of its own. Employing more than 8,000 people, it is actively involved in education and research, management and administration, as well as technical and social service provision on a daily basis. It is one of the largest, most exciting employers in the area and offers great career opportunities. With its 11 faculties and more than 80 departments offering state-of-the-art study programmes grounded in research in a wide range of academic fields, Ghent University is a logical choice for its staff and students.


As a postdoctoral researcher you will be responsible for the development, optimization and validation of a method for high-precision Nd isotopic analysis of "critical raw materials" based on the use of multi-collector ICP mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) in the framework of the Horizon Europe project MaDiTraCe. The method development involves both chromatographic isolation of the analyte element and the measurement protocol. Subsequently, the method developed will be applied to relevant real-life materials. Multi-element analysis with ICP mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and carrying through isotopic analysis of other elements based on a described protocol will also be part of the assignment. Finally, the assignment also includes a contribution to the administrative and logistical aspects related to the participation in the MaDiTraCe project and to internal and external reporting of the results obtained.


  • You hold thesis-based doctorate (PhD) preferably in the fields of (analytical) chemistry, geochemistry or geology.
  • You have experience with isotopic analysis via multi-collector ICP mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) or thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) and the corresponding sample preparation.
  • You can express yourself fluently orally and in writing in English.
  • You are interested in the applied scientific research described and are prepared to report on this in writing (including articles in peer- reviewed scientific journals) and orally (including lectures at conferences).
  • You work in a systematic and orderly manner, also with regard to the administrative aspects of the project.

  • We offer you a contract of definite duration for a period of 2 years
  • Your contract will start on 1/04/2023 at the earliest.
  • Your remuneration will be determined by salary scale WM1 to WM4 (if you hold a Master's degree) or salary scale PD1 to PD4 (if you hold a doctorate). Click here for more information about our salary scales.
  • All Ghent University staff members enjoy a number of benefits, such as a wide range of training and education opportunities, 36 days of holiday leave (on an annual basis for a full-time job) supplemented by annual fixed bridge days, bicycle allowance and eco vouchers. Click here for a complete overview of all the staff benefits (in Dutch).

    Apply online through the e-recruitment system before the application deadline (see above). We do not accept late applications or applications that are not submitted through the online system.

    Your application must include the following documents:

  • In the field ‘CV' : your CV and an overview of your study results (merged into one pdf file)
  • In the field ‘Cover letter' : your application letter in pdf format
  • In the field ‘Diploma' : a transcript of the required degree (if already in your possession). If you have a foreign diploma in a language other than our national languages (Dutch, French or German) or English, please add a translation in one of the mentioned languages.
  • In the field “other documents”: the contact details of at least 2 referees
  • Note that the maximum file size for each field is 10 MB.

    As Ghent University maintains an equal opportunities and diversity policy, everyone is encouraged to apply for this position.


    For more information about this vacancy, please contact Prof. Frank Vanhaecke ([email protected], +32(0)9/264 48 48). Important: do NOT send your application by email, but apply online.

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