Applications are invited for post-graduate fellowships of duration 6-12 months in the Micro- and Trace Analysis Center (MiTAC) at the Department of Chemistry, UIA campus, University of Antwerp (Belgium). MiTAC is a multidisciplinary research institute that aims at the development of new instrumental analytical techniques for the advanced chemical analysis of solids to be applied in the research and development of new materials. The core activities are in the fields of
(1) mass spectrometry with laser micro beam ionization and primary ion beams under static conditions for the local analysis of organic and inorganic analytes at the microscopic, mesoscopic and nano-scale by means of molecular information,
(2) X -ray micro beam and electron probe analysis for non-destructive trace-level element quantification and solid state speciation and
(3) chemo metrics for automation and data processing. MiTAC has a uniquely integrated research organization with continuous feedback and interaction between in-house instrumental development, fundamental studies (e.g. interaction beam-solid, ion formation), methodological research, chemo metrics and applications (often in collaboration with industry and other academic teams). This provides students with a stimulating environment covering the many aspects of modern analytical chemistry. Doctoral students should have a strong background in chemistry but specific topics (see program) allow candidates with preference for experimental, instrumental or computing activities to be considered.