Senior Academic Staff in the field of Chemical Engineering Vrije Universiteit Belgium

Senior Academic Staff in the field of Chemical Engineering
- Unit operations - Separation technology - Adsorption

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel has been a leading player in the Flemish Higher Education
landscape for 40 years. The University numbers 12.000 students and together with its
hospital - UZ Brussel – employs more than 6.000 people. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is
the largest Dutch speaking employer in the capital.

Teaching and research at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel are founded on the principle
of unfettered inquiry to benefit the progress of mankind. This means rejecting dogmatic
positions and guaranteeing the freedom to form opinions without interference; in this way the
University aims to ensure the dispersal of the principle of unfettered inquiry throughout

The University is autonomous and democratically run. This means guaranteeing the
exercise of the fundamental freedoms within the University, as well as the right of the
University Community to participate in the decision making process and scrutiny of
University policy.

The following form part of the University's mission:

 the development, the communication and the application of a high level of academic
education and scientific research, free from all preconceived ideas;
 the translation of these ideals and knowledge into society in the spirit of social
 the creation of a society in which everyone is capable of engaging in critical thinking.
 Academic department: Department of Chemical Engineering (CHIS)
 Subject area: Chemical Engineering, Unit operations, Adsorption and Catalysis
A full-time faculty position is available at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of
Engineering Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The successful applicant is expected to
contribute to the strengthening of our high scientific and educational standards. Teaching is
conducted in Dutch and English.


The candidate should have a broad, interdisciplinary view on the area of chemical
engineering. She/he will become a leading member of the Department of Chemical
Engineering, which is internationally recognized for its research in adsorption, catalysis and
chromatography. Within the university, the department is considered as one of its centers of
excellence, given the group has been awarded a Strategic Research Program grant
"Exploiting the Advantages of Order and Geometrical Structure for a Greener Chemistry".

The successful candidate is expected to conduct research contributing to this overall theme.
To this end, she or he will have full access to the wide range of experimental facilities and
computational modelling infrastructure of the group.

The candidate will develop an independent, challenging research program in the field of
separation technology, aiming at the development of innovative methods to separate
molecular mixtures, to recover renewable chemicals and to valorize waste streams. His/her
research will cover both fundamental and applied aspects, providing solutions to industrial
separation and purification challenges in the broad fields of chemistry, food technology and
biotechnology. The candidate will develop new tools and methods to reach this goal, with
particular emphasis on the study of molecular transport and confinement effects in
nanoporous materials, in line with the main research theme of the Department of Chemical
Engineering. He/she will be collaborating with scientists within or outside the research group,
leading to peer reviewed extramural funding.


The successful applicant will teach basic, advanced, and specialized courses in chemical
engineering (mainly unit operations and process simulation) at the Bachelor and Master
level in the following programs: "Bachelor in Engineering Sciences", "Bachelor in
Bioengineering Sciences", "Master in Engineering Sciences: Chemical and Materials
Engineering" and "Master in Bioengineering Sciences". The interested applicant will also
supervise Master dissertations in the area of chemical engineering.
Other: The candidate will contribute to the valorisation of the research results in the
framework of service to the community and PR activities of the faculty and the university.
Furthermore, the candidate will take part in the policy-making at the department.
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Contact Mrs. Sarah Degreef +32 (0)2 629 17 98 or


As a formal minimum requirement, applicants must a hold a PhD in engineering/engineering
sciences awarded on the basis of an original thesis.
The candidate is expected to endorse the educational vision of the university (full text
available on the university website).

Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply
Every first appointment is dependent upon the successful delivery of a teaching session.
Members of academic faculty with teaching duties are required to prove their command of
the teaching language.


As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel your days will be spent in a dynamic,
diverse and multilingual environment. Both our campuses are set within green oases on the
outskirts of the centre of the capital of Flanders, Belgium and Europe. This centre, with all its
opportunities, is within your reach by public transport in under half an hour.
Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary on one of the
pay scales laid down by the government. Hospitalisation cover and free use of public
transport for travel to and from work are standard conditions of employment. If you would
rather cycle to work, compensation is also available for that. Both campuses have extensive
sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance.

More information is available at under the heading 'future employees'.

 Planned starting date: 01/10/2018
 Length of contract: Recruitment in the rank of lecturer is a tenure track appointment

which implies an initial appointment as lecturer for a period of 5 years with eligibility for
tenure in the rank of senior lecturer by the end of this initial period. Recruitment in other
academic ranks is an initial appointment for 3 years with eligibility for tenure in the
same rank by the end of this initial period.

 Deadline for application: 15/08/2018

Applications can only be submitted online (via the website of the Vrije
Universiteit Brussel)
All applications must at least include the following attachments:
 a brief CV
 comprehensive details of academic portfolio
 teaching and research perception, mentioning the candidate's five most important
 a concise statement of the reason for applying including explanation about the
development of future research
 diplomas

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