PhD Position in Development of Polymer-Based Membranes
Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Bioscience Engineering

Several positions are available for strongly motivated PhD students at the Membrane Technology Group (Prof. Ivo Vankelecom) of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering of KU Leuven, Belgium.


You will have your own dedicated research project on membranedevelopment, partly pure scientific, partly industry-driven, involving a verybroad international user committee, and is situated in one of the followingfields, depending on the match of your expertise and interest with the projects:

  • solvent resistant and solvent tolerant nanofiltration (linked toplastics industry)
  • pressure retarded osmosis (membranes and solutes for power generation)
  • reverse osmosis and nanofiltration (mosaic membranes for micropollutants)
  • redox flow batteries (electrolytes from biological waste)
  • gas separation (biogas purification; C2-C3 separations)
  • membrane bioreactors (water treatment and algae harvesting)


- Master degree in bioscience engineering, physics, chemistry, chemicalengineering, materials science or nanotechnology with a strong interest in thephysico-chemistry of polymeric and mixed matrix membrane materials.

- Any of followingspecialisations during Master studies or work experience form a bonus:

       - Preparation of polymer-based membranes via phase inversion, layer bylayer deposition and/or interfacial polymerization

       - Polymer chemistry and polymer physics (in specific related to assemblyof charged polymers and phase separation of polymers and their blends)

       - Membrane applications

-    Interest in both thefundamental understanding of membrane preparation and in the development of newmembrane applications.

-    Team-player, motivated andeager to learn.

-    Excellent written and oralcommunication skills.

-    Ability to work in aninterdisciplinary, international and collaborative environment.

-    Self-motivated, enthusiasticand being able to organise and prioritise own workload.

-    Being able to efficientlyachieve objectives and overcome obstacles.

-    No-nonsense approach with aneye for opportunities.


  • Duration: 4 years

  • Starting date: asap

  • A position in a stimulating, interdisciplinaryscientific environment, as part of an ambitious, international and dynamicteam, with both academic and industrial targets.

  • Access to world-class research facilities( and


For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Ivo Vankelecom, tel.: +32 16 32 15 94, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than September 04, 2020 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: September 4, 2020
  • Tags: Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
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