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PhD or Post-Doc
Employer: Micro-Nano-System Lab
Location: Rome, Italy
Website: http://piezonanodevices.uniroma2.it/
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Tor Vergata

Job Description:

We look for three excellent and highly motivated young researchers (at PhD or post-doc levels) with strong background in:
ANALOG ELECTRONICS (1 position, 1 year) 
MEMS (1 position, 1 year)
ZnO nanowires (wet-chemistry) fabrication and characterization (1 position, 1 year).
Extensions of the grants are possible.

The successful candidates will join a large cross-disciplinary research effort for increasing the efficiency of piezoelectric nanogenerators [1-4] by improving modeling, nano-fabrication, devices, and electronics. The research will be supported by Italian and FP7 projects led by Dr. Christian Falconi [4-10]. 
Salary is about €1000 per month (after taxes) for PhD students and ranges from €1400 to €2500 per month (after taxes) for post-doc students.

Interested candidates should contact falconi@eln.uniroma2.it.

[1] Z. L. Wang, J. Song, “Piezoelectric nanogenerators based on zinc oxide nanowire arrays”, Science, v. 312, 2006, 242?246.
[2] X. Wang, J. Song, J. Liu, Z. L. Wang, “Direct current nanogenerator driven by ultrasonic waves”, Science, v. 316, 2007, 102?105.
[3] Y. Qin, X.D. Wang and Z.L. Wang, “Microfiber Nanowire Hybrid Structure for Energy Scavenging”, Nature, 451 (2008) 809?813.
[4] C. Falconi, G. Mantini, A. D’Amico, Z. L. Wang, “Studying piezoelectric nanowires and nanowalls for energy harvesting”, Sensors and Actuators B 139 (2009) 511–519.
[5] C. Falconi, M. Fratini, “CMOS microsystems temperature control”, Sens. Actuators B 129 (2008), 59-66.
[6] C. Falconi, E. Martinelli, C. Di Natale, A. D’Amico, F. Maloberti, P. Malcovati, A. Baschirotto, V. Stornelli, G. Ferri, “Electronic interfaces”, Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical, v 121, n 1, Jan 30, 2007, p 295-329.
[7] Z. Li, J. Song, G. Mantini, M. Y. Lu, H. Fang, C. 
Falconi, L. J. Chen, Z. L. Wang, "Quantifying the Traction Force of a Single Cell by Aligned Silicon Nanowire Array", Nano Letters, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 10, 3575-3580.
[8] G. Mantini, Y. Gao, Z. L. Wang, A. D’Amico, C. Falconi, "Equilibrium piezoelectric potential distribution in a deformed ZnO nanowire", Nano Research (2009) 2: 624 629 DOI 10.1007/s12274-009-9063-2.
[9] G. Romano, G. Mantini, A. Di Carlo, A. D'Amico, C. Falconi, Z. L. Wang, "Piezoelectric potential in vertically aligned nanowires for high output nanogenerators", Nanotechnology 22 (2011) 465401.
[10] R. Araneo, G. Lovat, P. Burghignoli, C. Falconi, “Piezo-Semiconductive Quasi-1D Nanodevices with or without Anti-Symmetry”, Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 30 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104588


Requirements:

Experience in MEMS or in analog/digital electronics.

Job Application:

falconi@eln.uniroma2.it

Email application to : falconi@eln.uniroma2.it
Date Posted: September 7, 2012