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Postdoctoral position on “Quantum Dot-Graphene hybrid materials for opto-electronic and photovoltaic applications”
Employer: Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Location: Genova, Italy
Employment Start Date: As soon as possible

Organization Description:

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, with headquarters in Genova, Italy, is a non-profit institution with the primary goal of creating and disseminating scientific knowledge and strengthening Italy’s technological competitiveness. The institute offers state-of-the-art equipment and a top-level interdisciplinary research environment focused on robotics and computer vision, neuroscience, drug discovery, and nanoscience and -technology.

The Nanochemistry Department is active in the latter domain, developing novel nanocrystals and nanocrystal assemblies using colloidal chemistry. Next to materials synthesis, our teams target applications in catalysis, health care (cancer therapy, targeted drug release), photonics (light emission and modulation), and energy harvesting and storage.

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Job Description:

IIT is participating in a EU Future & Emerging Technologies flagship project on graphene and other 2D crystals ( In the framework of this flagship IIT recently established a research unit on 2D materials. The postdoctoral researcher will thus pursue research within the GRAPHENE Flagship project. He/she will be part of a multidisciplinary team focusing on graphene and other 2D materials, with applications in biotechnology, energy, and opto-electronics.

The aim of this project is to prepare hybrid materials by grafting Quantum Dots onto graphene or other 2D materials such as MoS2 or WS2. Both a wide selection of visible and NIR quantum dots, and graphene/metal sulfide films and suspensions are already available from the Nanochemistry department and the 2D Materials unit. A first task will consist of integrating both, where either the quantum dots are bound on CVD-grown layers, or they are both mixed in solution to prepare hybrid inks. Successful material preparation will be followed by an study of their opto-electronic and transport properties, and exploration of their applicability in photovoltaics and/or quantum dot-sensitized detectors.


We are looking for an outstanding candidate with experience in graphene functionalization, and/or colloidal quantum dot fabrication and processing. Further experience with optical spectroscopy, or photovoltaic or -detector devices is an added benefit.

The candidate must hold a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, materials science or electronics engineering.

Job Application:

Applications should contain a motivation letter, CV including publication list, and contact information of 2 references. Please send your application to and always indicating as subject Ref 20 Postdoc Quantum Dot-Graphene hybrid materials.

Please submit your application before the 25th of December 2013

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Date Posted: November 18, 2013