Postdoctoral researcher in chalcogenide thin-film materials for energy applications


Imec’s PV research teams are internationally recognized, thanks to its experts and world-class technology labs. Based on the expertise in chalcogenide materials for PV applications, a new research topic has started last year. Many of these chalcogenide materials are also interesting for application in electrochemical devices. The electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide represents a promising route to convert CO2 into fuels and valuable carbon-based chemicals using electrical energy. This field of research is currently attracting a lot of interest. Chalcogenide materials are very promising for the conversion of CO2 by photo- and/or electrocatalysis as they can enable high activity and selectivity, but also and especially high-value products (i.e. methanol (MeOH) or dimethoxy ethane (DME)).

You will work in the Energy Laboratory of imec in Genk (EnergyVille) in the chalcogenide thin film-PV team of the imec department ‘imomec’ (associated imec laboratory at Hasselt University). State-of-the-art equipment for the processing of energy materials is present in these new laboratories. A good team spirit to achieve together the global goal of the ATFPV program is required and you aim to achieve internationally recognized record results. 

Your primary responsibilities are:

  • Follow-up of funded research projects
  • Enlarge the expertise on materials towards the application of “Power-to-Molecules”
  • Build-up the scientific network and prospect actively new projects in this domain
  • Work according to agreed timelines and report on progress internally and to external customers
  • Manage time effectively and prioritize to achieve major milestones
  • Work efficiently in a multidisciplinary environment with scientists and lab assistants
  • Guiding PhD students in your research domain
  • Communicate and interact effectively with the other research teams within imec and UHasselt


  • You have a PhD degree in Chemistry, Physics, Engineering Sciences or similar, with experience in chalcogenide thin film material development for energy applications.
  • You are a precise, methodical and detail-oriented person.
  • You have excellent reporting skills and are able to present scientific results (publications, conferences, seminars). 
  • You show leadership capabilities, a problem-solving attitude and a strong desire to stay up-to-date with recent advancements 
  • You can easily integrate in an international team. Very good English communication skills are required.
  • Ideally you have knowledge of the fields of electrochemistry and photovoltaics.
  • You are able to work independently and are eager to take initiative and responsibility.

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology on its campus in Genk (EnergyVille) and be part of the energy transition. With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. This research will be mainly performed in the EnergyVille laboratories in Genk (, with intensive collaboration with the Universities of Hasselt and Antwerp. This is your opportunity to contribute to technologies that will have an impact on the society of tomorrow. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process, not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through imec academy, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary with many fringe benefits.


Development of chalcogenide materials for PV and catalytic reduction of CO2