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PhD on Oxygen production by plasma for cleaning works of art

PhD on Oxygen production by plasma for cleaning works of art

Applied Physics and Science Education
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Job description

As a part of a European initiative including musea and research institutes and in collaboration with Gent University, we are starting a project on the generation of atomic oxygen species by non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasmas, meant for application in cleaning works of art. The project will focus on the development of the plasma source and its characterization in view of electrical properties, O atom production, electron properties and similar. The project will involve using spectroscopic methods and detailed analyses of the results. It will be performed at TU/e under joint supervision with Gent University.

Your key responsibilities:

  • Development of a plasma setup suitable for atomic oxygen production, in collaboration with Gent University.
  • Development and usage of several spectroscopy setups.
  • Detailed analysis of the spectroscopic results, including the Thomson scattering signal.
  • Supervision of master and bachelor students within the project.
  • Interaction with teams from the plasma physics and the flow community.
  • Publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals and in conferences. We are aiming for at least 3 articles before the PhD thesis is written.

Job requirements

Your profile:

  • You successfully completed higher education studies: Master of Science degree or Diploma in Physics.
  • You have practical experience in plasma physics research.
  • Fluent in English, both in written and oral form.
  • Able to write scientific texts in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Ability for independent work as well as teamwork.

Conditions of employment

  • A meaningful job in a creative working environment, a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences. 
  • Networking opportunities at national and international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, starting 1 November 2022, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, In-house Dutch course, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

Information and application

More information

Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr. Ana Sobota (a.sobota[at]

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The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of
    three references.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.

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