Project Horizon 2020 Electra Opportunity for A Postdoctoral Position

University of Ghent is offering postdoctoral scholar position in electrochemistry. Eligible candidates should submit the applications before November 20, 2018.

The European commission and China have recently approved an ambitious project to improve bioremediation of surface water, groundwater and soils by means of bioelectrochemical technology. The advantage of this approach is that remediation can occur at low energy and chemicals input. ELECTRA brings together top teams across the EU in the field of bioremediation and electromicrobiology, and within the framework of this project they will closely collaborate with Chinese partners who are constituting a second consortium within this project.

The project is aiming not only at laboratory scale developments; multiple sites in the EU and China are available where technology can be tested in the field. We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher working on the fluidized bed systems while also partly supporting prof. Rabaey with the scientific coordination. This gives an opportunity to a postdoctoral researcher to not only perform research, but also interact with multiple teams across EU and China and learn about science management.

The Center for Microbial Ecology and Technology (CMET) formally LabMET; is part of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, a top 100 university in most rankings. CMET has over 40 years of experience in the study of applied microbial processes and microbial ecology in the contexts of waste(water) treatment, bioremediation, bioproduction, bioelectrochemistry and resource recovery. In recent years a focus on electrochemical processes has emerged, often in conjunction with microbial post-processing. It is one of the top performing centres worldwide in its field and links excellent basic science with application, leading to a high level of peer reviewed outputs besides commercial outcomes including 7 spin-off companies over time. Reactor and process developments go from millilitre scale to full scale industrial.

Postdoctoral researcher: We are searching for a motivated postdoc in Engineering, particularly chemical, environmental, biochemical or electrochemical engineering. The candidate needs to show this with relevant publications in top journals.

Applications must be sent via email to as pdf or word documents, with in the subject line mentioning "ELECTRA Postdoc".

Final closing date is November 20th 2018 (23h59), but applications will be regularly reviewed prior to the deadline hence early application is recommended.

A statement addressing how each of the selection criteria has been met is required to assist the Selection Committee determine whether you have the relevant qualifications, knowledge/skills, experience and personal qualities.

A Selection Committee will consider all applications and shortlist candidates for interview who appear to meet the selection criteria at the highest levels. They will be invited to attend an interview and the remaining unsuccessful applicants will be notified accordingly.

An invitation to attend an interview provides an opportunity to provide further information to the Selection Committee to substantiate your claims against the selection criteria or demonstrate your capabilities. Please note that for some positions interviews may be conducted by teleconference in the first instance.

The Selection Committee will subsequently seek referee reports, if not sought prior to interview, before making a decision to make an offer of appointment to the preferred candidate. The purpose of referee checks is to obtain, in confidence, factual information about your past work history, as well as opinions regarding the quality of your work, behaviour in the work place and suitability for the position. Referee reports may be sought orally, or for academic staff, in writing by post or e-mail.

If you are the preferred candidate, you will receive a written offer of appointment to the position. Do not take any action, such as resigning from your current position, before you receive a written offer of appointment.

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