PhD Positions in Membranes and Electrolysis, KU Leuven, Belgium

Postdoctoral Fellow in Belgium
PhD Positions in Membranes and Electrolysis: Join the prestigious Global PhD Partnership program between KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Melbourne (Australia) with two exciting PhD positions. Engage in groundbreaking research to advance CO2 electrolysis technologies by developing and understanding ion exchange membranes.

PhD Positions in Ion Exchange Membranes and Process for CO2 Electrolysis


PhD Candidate

Research Area

Ion Exchange Membranes and CO2 Electrolysis Process


  • Project 1: Primarily based at KU Leuven, Belgium with secondment at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Project 2: Primarily based at the University of Melbourne, Australia with secondment at KU Leuven, Belgium.


  • Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering or related disciplines, with first class honours/high distinction.
  • Strong interest and solid knowledge in relevant fields.
  • Fluent in English for scientific interactions.
  • Self-motivated, passionate, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness for international mobility and to work in interdisciplinary and international teams.

Job Description

Project 1 (KU Leuven):
“Tailoring selective anion exchange membranes for CO2 conversion in electrolysis.” This project focuses on designing new anion exchange membranes (AEMs) with high ion exchange capacity, tolerance to a wide range of pH and solvent conditions, and high hydroxyl conductivity. The aim is to improve the performance and energy efficiency of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for CO2 electrolysis. The developed membranes will be evaluated in full MEA systems at the University of Melbourne.

Project 2 (University of Melbourne):
“Unraveling ion transport phenomena in ion exchange membranes for CO2 conversion applications.” This project will investigate the anion transport across AEMs in alkaline conditions and the performance of AEMs in CO2 electrolysis after long-term exposure. It includes multiphysics modeling at KU Leuven to understand the influence of micro-environments on ion transport behavior.

Both projects offer a minimum 12-month stay at the partner institution and provide an opportunity to work in an international research environment.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send the following documents:

  • Academic transcripts (Bachelor and Master studies).
  • A comprehensive resume including a full list of publications and project experiences.
  • A research statement outlining main research interests.
  • Evidence of language proficiency, if applicable.
  • Names of three referees.

Applications should be submitted no later than August 30, 2024, via the online application tool. For more information, contact Prof. Dr. Xing Yang at

Last Date for Apply

August 30, 2024, 23:59 CET



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