28 April 2021

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Interested candidates please send through a respective research and teaching statement, a comprehensive resume including your full list of publications and project experiences, evidence of language proficiency if applicable, and names of three referees.

For more information, please contact Prof. dr. Xing Yang via email: The shortlisting will commence since 1 May 2021 and will continue until position is filled. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements and final outcomes.

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The Postdoctoral fellow position is open within the Group of Smart Responsive Separation with Hybrid Processes at KU Leuven under the supervision of Prof. dr. Xing Yang. We also form part of the larger Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems (ProcESS) group at the Department of Chemical Engineering with expertise in process intensification, multiphase microfluidics, use of alternative energy sources and membrane technology.

The Yang Research Group focuses on process intensification strategies for designing low-emission and energy efficient separation systems utilizing smart responsive materials with nano/micro-structured interfaces, reactive kinetics and optimal separation units. The hybridisation of separation technologies (e.g., membrane, extraction, crystallization, absorption and chromatography) is the key tool to design an Energy-Efficient Separation Systems for Sustainability (2E3S), assisted with experimental research and process system engineering via multi-scale numerical modeling.

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Supported by a current research project on membrane bioprocessing, the Yang Research Group is seeking a high caliber postdoctoral fellow. The candidates with experience on one or more following research topics/areas are highly encouraged toapply:

Topic 1: Main expertise on material science and processing, membrane fabrication, relevant experience in membrane chromatography and biomedical/biopharmaceutical applications is a plus.

Topic 2: Main expertise on surface engineering in membrane fabrication, biochemistry and bio-related characterization, experience with stimuli-responsive material synthesis is a plus.

Topic 3: Main expertise on membrane chromatography processing and design, mathematical modeling of transport phenomena & flow dynamics, experience with CFD and Aspen is a plus.


If you are passionate and highly motivated researchers in the areas of Chemical Engineering with relevant experience in biomedical and biopharmaceutical research, you are strongly encouraged to enquire and apply. Any priorexperience with supporting laboratorial development such as instrumentation and postgraduate supervision is highly valued.

  • Requirement: PhD degree in Chemical Engineering or in equivalent discipline with competitive publication record, research experience on biomolecular/biomedical/biopharmaceutical engineering is a plus.
  • Knowledge and experiences in the relevant fields as described, i.e., preferably with solid background on membrane separation and membrane process for bioprocessing.
  • Willingness and experiences with postgraduate supervision and teaching.
  • Fluent English (written and verbal communication) for scientific interactions required. Additional language proficiency (e.g., Dutch) is regarded a plus.
  • Self-motivated, passionate and great interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work at interdisciplinary boundaries.

The successful candidate will be offered a Postdoctoral fellow position to become part of our international team with global research connections. The initial contract is provided for two year with a perspective to extend. The salarypackage is based on the KU Leuven standards linked to your post PhD experience.