Leuven

KU Leuven

Instrument specialist acoustics and thermal physics

Wat kan KU Leuven jou bieden


We offer a 40% part-time job. This function is associated with a salary scale 6, 7 or 8 depending on your relevant experience and competences.
The work schedule of the 40% employment can be decided by mutual agreement with the supervisor.

Wat ga je doen


As instrument specialist in the Soft Matter and Biophysics unit you are technically responsible for the laboratory infrastructure and instrumentation in acoustics, vibrometry and thermal physics. The experiments are carried out within own and shared research facilities within the KU Leuven campuses. 
In particular you will be in charge of upgrading and further automizing and refining measurement setups and data processing algorithms in acoustics, elastic measurements, calorimetry, photoacoustic and photothermal methods, laser based measurements and vibrometry. 
You will be in charge of the laboratory and instrument administration, training, maintenance and safety, and give advice on instrumental and infrastructural upgrades and innovations.
You also take part in national and international research project activities.
In addition to these technical tasks, you assume the following responsibilities:
  • To prepare, carry out, follow up and report on measurements in acoustics and thermal physics;
  • To daily update a quality handbook;
  • To take care of the data management and archiving;
  • To provide training and technical support for other users (i.e. bachelor, master and doctoral students) on the measurement protocols and the use of the equipment;
  • To maintain and propagate a safe working environment in the labs;
  • To take actions for maintaining and actively monitoring the quality of the measurement systems.

Wat verwachten we van jou


  • You hold a master degree in science or engineering;
  • You have at least 5 years of experience as an instrument specialist in a similar environment;
  • You have demonstrated experience in Labview and Matlab or equivalent programming languages (e.g. Python, Visual Basic);
  • You have knowledge of analogue and digital electronics;
  • Preferably you also have experience with SAS, Excel and GIS programs;
  • You demonstrate good communication skills;
  • You like working independently and at the same time you are a good team player;
  • You can perform the job with a large degree of autonomy, also taking into account often tight deadlines;
  • Experience in guiding and supervising students is a plus;
  • You can express yourself fluently in English, both in speaking and in writing.
  • You are a native Dutch speaker or willing to learn the Dutch language.

Enthousiast over deze vacature


Sollicitatieprocedure
For more information please contact Mrs. Silvia Janssens, tel.: +32 16 32 83 66.
You can apply for this job no later than 21/04/2017 via the online application tool

 
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Universiteit, zelstandig, deadlines, teamspeler

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Je kunt solliciteren tot:
22/04/2017
Werk- en denkniveau
Universitair / Master
Beschikbaarheid
Aantal uren: 12 - 24

Over KU Leuven:

The Department of Physics and Astronomy conducts research in various domains in modern physics in order to understand the fundamentals of physics. The department contains several research units comprising activities in physical acoustics and thermal physics, biophysics, nuclear and radiation physics, semiconductor physics, solid state physics, theoretical physics and astronomy. In addition to the leading international research activities, mostly financed by national and international institutions for scientific research, a diverse range of assignments related to education and services are accomplished. The department belongs to the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, Faculty of Science, and currently counts about 350 staff members.

The research groups within the Soft Matter and Biophysics unit study systems ranging from pure soft matter systems such as small molecular glasses to pure biological systems such as brain cells. In the field of soft matter physics, the research activities of our laboratory aim at the understanding of order-to-disorder- and structural phase transitions. For small molecular and polymeric systems we focus on relaxation behaviour in confinement. For colloidal systems, ranging from wormlike micelles to biological building blocks like F-actin, research is centred around the effect of shear flow. For biological materials such as rod-like viruses, DNA and self-assembled protein nanostructures we study the ordering behaviour as well as interactions with inorganic materials. Furthermore, we analyse the intrinsic links between the structure, structural changes, and the functionality of biological macromolecules. At the level of cells and tissues, we are especially interested in their interaction with light and their electronic behaviour and activity. Substantial efforts are continuously made to improve instrumentation in order to obtain real-time information on the structural-, thermal-, and elastic behaviour of biological- and soft materials with high spatial resolution and at time scales down to picoseconds. Examples of our advanced experimental infrastructure include high-resolution calorimetry, photothermal and photoacoustic techniques, scanning and full field vibrometry, acoustic absorption measurements, porous material characterization and a setup for virtual acoustics by real time convolution. The laboratory also has a long tradition in the wide field of acoustics, ranging from physical acoustics over room acoustics, psychoacoustics to building acoustics (in collaboration with the Structural Mechanics Section of the Department of Civil Engineering) and environmental acoustics. The research in acoustics makes use of dedicated infrastructure and acoustic rooms, as well as and instrumentation.



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