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PhD Student Job (ESR) (3-year Marie Curie Initial Training Network ITN)
Employer: Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
Location: Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Website: http://www.jacobs-university.de
Employment Start Date: March 1, 2013

Organization Description:

The Theoretical Materials Science and Nanoelectronics groups (Prof. Thomas Heine, Prof. Veit Wagner) at Jacobs University gGmbH, a private university in Bremen, Germany, are members of an eight-partner consortium that has recently been awarded an EU grant for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) (negotiation being finalized). This provides generous funding for 3 attractive PhD student positions with good salary and travel/mobility allowances.


Two positions will be located at the Theoretical Materials Science group and one in the Nanoelectronics group. The consortium involves five academic groups, i.e. EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Jozef Stefan Institute Lyubljana (Slovenia), The Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel), and three industry partners, i.e. SCM N.V. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Aixtron S.E. (Aachen, Germany), and Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany).


The candidates are expected to stay 3-6 months partner institutions during their studies. The positions are open as soon as possible, but a later starting date will be possible. Salary conditions, travel/ mobility allowances, and benefits will follow the attractive EU amounts for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in program FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN, which goes beyond the already above-average offers at German universities.


 
 
 
 
 
Job Description:

The Theoretical Materials Science and Nanoelectronics groups (Prof. Thomas Heine, Prof. Veit Wagner) at Jacobs University gGmbH, a private university in Bremen, Germany, are members of an eight-partner consortium that has recently been awarded an EU grant for a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) (negotiation being finalized). This provides generous funding for 3 attractive PhD student positions with good salary and travel/mobility allowances. Two positions will be located at the Theoretical Materials Science group and one in the Nanoelectronics group. The consortium involves five academic groups, i.e. EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), Jozef Stefan Institute Lyubljana (Slovenia), The Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel), and three industry partners, i.e. SCM N.V. (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Aixtron S.E. (Aachen, Germany), and Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany). The candidates are expected to stay 3-6 months partner institutions during their studies. The positions are open as soon as possible, but a later starting date will be possible. Salary conditions, travel/ mobility allowances, and benefits will follow the attractive EU amounts for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in program FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN, which goes beyond the already above-average offers at German universities.

Project Details

Project 1: Electronic structure calculations on nanoribbons: The candidate shall assess stability, structure and electronic structure of 2D materials, i.e. the band structure, optical transition elements, phonon dispersion, and the influence of electrodes, dopants, substrates, structural and finite size defects. The candidate is expected to spend two 3-months secondments, one at Jožef Stefan Institute Ljubljana (Slovenia) and one at SCM NV in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) during the 36-months period as ITN fellow.


Project 2: Transport properties: The candidate shall assess electronic and heat transport properties of 2D inorganic nanostructures, i.e. model electronic and heat transport on structures proposed by the first candidate. A 3-months secondment to SCM NV in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a 3-months secondment to EPFL in Lausanne (Switzerland) are planned.


Project 3: Scaling properties and device stability: Size-dependent transport analysis will be performed with special focus on beneficial/disturbing effects occurring at small channel lengths. Device stability is tested at different ambient conditions, substrates and under prolonged operation. This analysis is crucial to identify optimized coating parameters and suitability for applications. Two three-months secondments are planned (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Evonik AG, Essen, Germany).

 
 
 
 
 
Requirements:

Excellent background in solid state physics, combined with quantum mechanics and statistical physics.

M.Sc. degree in relevant field (e.g. physics, chemistry or materials science). Candidates expecting to receive their M.Sc. degree in the next six months are warmly invited to apply as well.

Good written and verbal communication skills in the English language.

Team player, with good two-way communication skills, highly self-motivated and able to work independently with excellent time management skills.

Desirable additional knowledge and experience:

- Experience in scientific programming

- Some experience in electronic structure theory (DFT or more approximate faster methods)

- Experience in electronic device characterization and clean room processes

- Solid background in surface physics, inorganic chemistry, electronics

- Working knowledge of Fortran(90)

- Experience with high-performance computing and parallel programming

- Experience in experimental scientific work and automated measurements

 
 
 
 
 
Job Application:

Detailed information on Jacobs University, the NanoFun research center and the hiring groups can be found on www.jacobs-university.de. Those interested in this position are encouraged to contact Ms. Britta Berninghausen, Project Assistant of the Wagner and Heine groups (b.berninghausen@jacobs-university.de, phone ++49 421 200-3105) for further information. Applications should contain a CV, a letter explaining the motivation for applying, copies of the Bachelor and Master diplomas, and, if applicable, a list of publications. References may be requested at a later stage.

 
 
 
 
 
Email application to : b.berninghausen@jacobs-university.de
Date Posted: November 27, 2012