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Smart Engineering of Lead-Free Perovskite Layers and Hybrid Structures for Low-dose X-ray Imaging – PhD Research position

KU Leuven University | Department of Chemistry

Field:Nanotechnology, Materials Chemistry


About the Project

The position is situated within the Department of Chemistry at KU Leuven University, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious academic institutions. The candidate will work under the supervision of Prof. Elke Debroye in state-of-the-art research facilities of the division of Molecular Imaging and Photonics.

This interdisciplinary research is comprehensive, spanning from material development to detailed characterization and, finally, to the implementation in prototype X-ray detector devices.

KU Leuven provides an ideal backdrop for this ambitious venture. The university hosts a plethora of science groups working on a wide array of subjects, both theoretical and applied. The splendid academic environment is complemented by the town itself – a medium-sized, vibrant student town with a rich history and diverse international community. This makes KU Leuven an excellent platform for interdisciplinary research collaborations and provides ample opportunities for academic growth and international networking.


The growing demand for X-ray imaging requires sensitive X-ray detectors that allow the use of lower operational X-ray doses to decrease radiation-related health risks. Metal halide perovskites are semiconductor materials with outstanding optoelectronic properties, such as strong optical absorption over a broad energy range and good charge transport. These features turn them into excellent candidates for application in devices such as solar cells, light-emitting diodes, sensors, and (X-ray) photodetectors. However, the intrinsic instability induced by unwanted crystal defects in popular lead-based perovskites induce a rapid decrease in their performance and stability and hinder their large-scale device application.

In this PhD, the focus is to rationally develop and process highly crystalline, X-ray sensitive lead-free perovskite material layers through micromanaging their electronic structure by composition and dimensionality engineering. Tailoring their optoelectronic performance and stability will be guided by applying an arsenal of characterization techniques and spectroscopy platforms for the careful assessment of the structural, electronic, and photophysical properties. This way, the factor(s) currently hindering their real-world application can be identified and suppressed in newly developed compounds, with the final goal to allow low-dose X-ray imaging.


The candidate not only demonstrates academic excellence but also possesses qualities of innovative thinking, a collaborative spirit, and enthusiasm and dedication to the project. Specifically, the candidate should fulfill (most of) the following criteria:

  • Educational Background: Hold a Master in Science in a relevant field, such as (Physical) Chemistry, Materials Science, or Nanoscience, with a focus on materials chemistry and characterization.
  • Technical Expertise: Have hands-on experience in the synthesis and processing of perovskite (micro)crystals, low-dimensional perovskite materials and/or hybrid structures (in glovebox). Proficiency in structural, optical and/or electrical characterization methods such as X-ray diffraction, absorbance, photoluminescence spectroscopy, I-V measurements. Optoelectronic device engineering is considered a plus.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Openness and enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research that spans chemistry, physics, material science, and engineering. Ability to communicate effectively with scientists from various backgrounds, harness a multi-faceted approach to challenges.
  • Soft Skills: A proactive approach to solve problems, create independent thinking and acting, while being an effective team member. Good written and oral English communication skills, including the ability to prepare manuscripts for international peer-reviewed journals and present research findings at international conferences.
  • Adaptability: Willingness to adapt to new methodologies as the project evolves.


Funding is available for a 4-year PhD Research position, allowing you to focus on the research without the added pressure of securing external funding. Here are the specifics of the offer:

  • Position Details: The position will commence in Summer 2024, but this is negotiable, depending on your availability and the eventual arranging of a residence permit.

The initial appointment is for a one-year period, which will be extended in case of a positive evaluation based on research outcomes and performance.

  • Opportunities for Career Advancement: Opportunity to work on pioneering research in the field of optoelectronic materials with real-world applications.

Chance to collaborate with leading experts in closely connected fields, providing an enriching experience and excellent networking opportunities.

You will be encouraged to present your findings at national and international conferences, further enforcing your academic profile.

As a PhD researcher, you’ll have the chance to mentor master thesis students, contributing to their academic development as well as honing your own supervisory skills.

KU Leuven's vibrant academic community provides a supportive environment for research, with various interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, and courses to broaden your knowledge and skills.

  • Work Environment: You will be joining a diverse, multidisciplinary team that values collaborative research. You will have access to state-of-the-art research facilities, including cutting-edge synthesis facilities and spectroscopic instruments.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Elke Debroye, elke.debroye@kuleuven.be.

To ensure a fair evaluation process, all applicants are kindly requested to formally apply via the designated online platform. Applications submitted through other channels or late submissions will not be considered.

We strongly encourage candidates who meet the profile criteria to apply. Your application should address various criteria and competences mentioned in the 'Profile' p of this position. This can be done through a cover letter and CV. Please include details of your past studies, internships, M.Sc. thesis and any relevant research experience that align with the project objectives. Additionally, you might submit an official test result showing your proficiency of English (preferably at a B2 level). This can be concretely shown by submitting one of the following:

  • IELTS: minimal scores of 7 (General Score) and no subscores below 6.5
  • TOEFL: minimal scores of 94 (General Score) and no subscores below 22


Doctoral student in integrated geospatial planning of energy access

KTH | Department of Energy Technology

Field:Energy Technology, Environmental Engineering


About the Project

Project description

Third-cycle subject: Energy and Environmental Systems

The division of Energy Systems (dES) within the Department of Energy Technology at KTH has received funding from the UK fundedClimate Compatible Growth Program(CCG) for research in integrated and resilient geospatial planning of energy access strategies.

The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and its partners stands at the forefront of pioneering research in integrated geospatial planning, particularly in the domains of energy, climate, and resilience of infrastructures. With a rich history of developing innovative tools to address complex societal challenges, KTH has initially created tools such as OnSSET for geospatial planning of electricity access and OnStove for geospatial planning of clean cooking access.

We are pleased to announce a new PhD opening aimed at further advancing our integrated geospatial planning efforts and supporting target countries in addressing pressing research questions around access to energy, resilience to climate change of energy infrastructures, and interactions with other resources such as climate, land and water.

Supervision: Associate Professor Francesco Fuso Nerini and Associate Professor Will Usher are is proposed to supervise the doctoral student. Decisions are made on admission

What we offer

  • The possibilityto study in a dynamic and international research environment in collaboration with industries and prominent universities from all over the world.
  • A workplacewith many employee benefitsand monthly salary according toKTH’s Doctoral student salary agreement.
  • A postgraduate education at an institution that is active and supportive in matters pertaining to working conditions, gender equality and diversity as well as study environment.
  • Work and study in Stockholm, close to nature and the water.
  • Help torelocate and be settled in Sweden and at KTH.
  • An active participation in the Climate Compatible Growth program, which involves exciting meetings with many cultures and some travel.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to postgraduate education (Chapter 7, 39 § Swedish Higher Education Ordinance), the applicant must have basic eligibility in accordance with either of the following:

  • passed a second cycle degree (for example a master's degree), or
  • completed course requirements of at least 240 higher education credits, of which at least 60 second-cycle higher education credits, or
  • acquired, in some other way within or outside the country, substantially equivalent knowledge

Your second cycle degree must be within the natural sciences.

In addition to the above, there is also amandatory requirement for English equivalent to English B/6.


In order to succeed as a doctoral student at KTH you need to be goal oriented and persevering in your work. During the selection process, candidates will be assessed upon their ability to:

  • independently pursue his or her work
  • collaborate with others,
  • have a professional approach and
  • analyse and work with complex issues.

You should also have good knowledge of energy technology and energy systems, as well as relevant modeling techniques, such as geospatial analyses and python.After the qualification requirements, great emphasis will be placed on personal competency.

Target degree: Doctoral Degree

Information regarding admission and employment

Only those admitted to postgraduate education may be employed as a doctoral student. The total length of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education in four years ' time. An employed doctoral student can, to a limited extent (maximum 20%), perform certain tasks within their role, e.g. training and administration. A new position as a doctoral student is for a maximum of one year, and then the employment may be renewed for a maximum of two years at a time.In the case of studies that are to be completed with a licentiate degree, the total period of employment may not be longer than what corresponds to full-time doctoral education for two years.

To apply for the position

Apply for the position and admission through KTH's recruitment system. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the advertisement.

Applications must be received at the last closing date at midnight, CET/CEST (Central European Time/Central European Summer Time).

Applications must include the following elements:

  • CV including your relevant professional experience and knowledge.
  • Application letter with a brief description of why you want to pursue research studies, about what your academic interests are and how they relate to your previous studies and future goals. (Maximum 2 pages long)
  • Copies of diplomas and grades from previous university studies and certificates of fulfilledlanguage requirements (see above). Translations into English or Swedish if the original document is not issued in one of these languages.Copies of originals must becertified.
  • Representative publications or technical reports. For longer documents, please provide a summary (abstract) and a web link to the full text.







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