Within the research Group Theoretical Chemistry of Hasselt University, the following position (m/f) is available:

PhD Theoretical Chemistry / Chemical Physics (2x2 years)
(mandate SBG/2009/001)

Job description
The candidate will prepare a PhD thesis within the framework of a project entitled "From orbital imaging to molecular quantum similarity in momentum space" (financial support by the Fund for scientific Research _ Flanders and the University of Hasselt). The first goal of the project is to develop and apply theoretical methods for quantitative interpretations of advanced “orbital imaging” experiments employing Electron Momentum Spectroscopy (EMS), taking into into account conformational mobility as well as electron correlation and relaxation - EMS is a powerful technique which enables straightforward determinations of orbital momentum densities from an angular analysis of electron-impact ionization & scattering cross-sections. A second aspect of the project pertains to the calculation from these densities of new criteria of molecular similarity, of relevance for the pharmaceutical industry, and of efficient descriptors of the chemical reactivity, in collaboration with the division of quantum chemistry at the University of Ghent (Prof. P. Bultinck). This proposed research project is a continuation of a PhD thesis that has been awarded by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists.

Academic license (4 years), master (5 years) of equivalent diploma (bvb. DEA) in chemistry, physics, or materials sciences, or civil engineering in chemistry, physics, or materials sciences. Students who will complete their study this year can also apply.

Scholarship for a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry / Chemical Physics within the research group of Michael S. Deleuze (awards by the World Association of Theoretically Oriented Chemists and by the Royal Flemisch Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts). The scholarship is available for a period of 4 years. It consists of a first appointment of 2 years, followed by a prolongation of 2 years unless negative evaluation of the first period. The scholarship is subject to social security. Important computer facilities and a supporting research environment are available for the candidate (for more information on our research activities, visit our website: http://www.uhasselt.be/theochem).

Further information

Applicants must use the official application forms

  • which are available at the Rectoraat of Hasselt University, Campus Diepenbeek, Agoralaan - building D, B-3590 Diepenbeek (Belgium), phone +32 - 11 - 26 80 03

  • or which can be downloaded here pdf-file / Word format.

The completed application forms must reach the above mentioned address no later than Wednesday, July 1st 2009.

Application by e-mail will only be taken into consideration when sent to the following address: j...@uhasselt.be.

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