PhD Candidate Positions for AI Applications in Chemical Engineering

Leuven, Louvain (BE)
05 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


(ref. BAP-2019-459)

KU Leuven, ranking among the top 50 universities worldwide, is an institution for research and education with international appeal. All programs at this University are based on the innovative research of its scientists and professors. This project will be carried out as a PhD. study within the group of Prof. Enis Leblebici, situated in Campus Diepenbeek of the Faculty of Engineering Technology of KU Leuven. This team is a part of Lab4U section. Lab4U performs research on the development of new technologies and their implementation in existing chemical processes. The group mainly focuses on the miniaturization and intensification of chemical production. Developed technologies include the use of light, ultrasound, green chemicals, micro-flow reactors. Within the Lab4U team, Prof. Enis Leblebici specializes on design, control and optimization of scalable flow systems. His research group utilizes both lower (PID) and higher hierarchy process control platforms (PLC, LabView) to address complicated reaction and separation processes.


This PhD study is within the framework of a new national project funded by the Flemish Government and chemical industry. The PhD. candidate is expected to: 

  • successfully model two chemical process trains in mathematical environment and to validate these models with actual process data.
  • maintain partnership with the AI expert team members and quickly start developing own AI codes
  • travel to partner companies and undertake the required experiments
  • develop new ideas and write one project for local funding bodies      


For this PhD position, a master in chemical engineering or computer science is required.

For candidates from chemical engineering background, prior modelling experience is a must. They must also be enthusiastic to learn AI model development. Prior AI development experience is an absolute plus. 

For candidates from computer sciences, AI development experience is a must.


The candidate will be hired at first on a one year scholarship, to be extended to the nominal 4 year PhD period after positive evaluation. 

Applicants must prepare a motivation letter, CV, a transcript of master course results and the names of two referees.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Mumin Enis Leblebici, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than September 02, 2019 via the online application tool

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