Postdoc Electrochemical Process Engineering

Job description

Optimization of industrial processes, a shift to alternative resources, improved functionality, less waste, lower costs and increased efficiencies: these are the challenges industry and society are facing nowadays.

The Elec team of VITO, part of the business unit separation and conversion technologies, focuses on electro-synthesis; utilizing green electricity to produce chemical building blocks and e-fuels. The focus of the team is to invent new pathways and to bring these innovations to the market.

To accelerate these electrochemical innovations, we are hiring several postdocs for electrochemical research and development. More information about VITO and our research topics is available on

Job description for this equal opportunity position:

  • You will be dedicatedly working electro catalyst and process development in projects along our main program lines
    • CO2 electroreduction
    • Water electrolysis
    • Catalyst and processes for advanced electrosynthesis
  • You will work inadvertently towards the project goals, taking responsibility for high quality results and in depth analysis, defining and addressing precise scientific questions
  • You will perform lab work in the Energyville labs (Genk) & VITO (Mol) by designing correct experiments, analyze data and develop new scientific hypotheses to test.
  • You will work in an international team and context

Job requirements

  • Master with first research experience or PhD in chemical process developmentĀ or material science
  • Trained in (electro)catalysis, (electro)chemistry with a solid multidisciplinary base
  • Experience in new material and/or process development
  • Keen interest in electrochemical experiments
  • Good understanding of interphase phenomena
  • Creative and hands-on team player with eye for detail
  • Conscious to deliver high quality results in time
  • Problem solver
  • Fluent in English, Dutch is an asset

Contact person: Jan Vaes: