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Senior Researcher Structured Materials

  • Mol, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium
R&D & Engineering

Job description

VITO is an independent research organization in Flanders that specializes in cleantech and sustainable development. Our goal is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world through cutting-edge research and innovation.

Central to our mission are high-performance advanced materials, which are pivotal for technological innovations necessary to achieve a circular economy and a climate-neutral society. Within our 'structured materials' research line, we focus on developing these materials and their applications via smart shaping and surface modification techniques. This work supports sustainable production across various industrial sectors. Utilizing our advanced technological platforms, including 3D printing, microsphere synthesis, and surface modification technologies, VITO crafts novel hierarchically structured materials. These materials are designed to deliver superior performance while requiring less resources and energy, thus enhancing sustainability throughout their lifecycle.

To advance our ambitious goals, we are seeking a senior expert in the domain of structured materials to join our dynamic team.

What will be your role?

  • Play a key role in developing the research portfolio of the group through active collaboration with industry and academic partners.
  • Lead the application process for national and/or international projects from idea and consortium development, to writing and finalizing applications together with industry and research partners.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research results through scientific publications and presentations at national or international conferences.
  • Lead and participate in research projects, carrying out research independently and collaboratively with other researchers and industry partners.

Job requirements

  • You have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Material Sciences, Civil Engineering, Bioscience Engineering or related fields with at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience in your field
  • You have a strong basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry
  • You have experience in material synthesis, surface modification, powder processing or design of structured materials
  • Experience in working in or interacting with industry is advantageous, as well as an established publishing track record and experience with participating in both national and European projects, including developing and writing project applications
  • Ability to work both independently and together with other researchers and industry partners
  • Drive for applied research
  • You are proficient in English, both written and orally, knowledge of Dutch is a plus


  • An attractive salary package supplemented with extra-legal benefits such as allowances, insurances and a modular holiday package.
  • You will work at our office in Mol and will have a great deal of freedom and flexibility in your job that enables you to achieve an attractive work-life balance.
  • Innovation is our key asset, and we give our employees the opportunity to undertake additional training and keep up to date with developments in their specialist field. In fact, we expect this of them.
  • The opportunity to be part of an organisation with an international reputation, known for its advanced technological research and scientific consultancy.
  • Together with 900 VITO colleagues, you will be part of making the difference in the systemic change that is required in order to achieve a sustainable society.