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Nanotechnology Post Doctoral positions at INL
Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory
Location: Braga, Portugal
Employment Start Date: Flexible/to be discussed

Organization Description:

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is the first International Intergovernmental Organisation (IGO) in Europe focused on Nanosciences and Nanotechnology and it counts on Spain and Portugal as member states. INL is devoted to the development of nanotechnologies in the medical, environmental, and electronics area. It operates a 1000m2 cleanroom facility for 200mm wafers devoted to novel beyond CMOS and More than Moore devices (e.g. NEMS, spintronics, carbon and graphene based devices, nanophotonics, etc..). INL is fostering an interdisciplinary environment where physicists, chemists, biologists, electrical engineers, work together sharing some of the common research goals The laboratory has been projected for a research community of about 400 people at full operation, including around 200 postdoctoral scientists exclusively dedicated to address the major challenges of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies. One of the aspects that stand out at INL is its infrastructure, which provides a high-tech research environment equipped with the latest technologies. INL´s campus extends over a total area of 47,000 m2, with a built area of about 26,000 m2, which includes 1000 m2 Cleanroom with Class 1000 and Class 100, where the micro and nanofabrication is done. It is also especially worthwhile to mention the High Accuracy Labs, for nanocharacterization analysis, which provide an extremely low vibration and noise-shielded space for the characterization methods, equipped with the latest electron microscopes as for example: SEM; TEM, FIB; XRD, SAXS; AFM; XRF and XPS, among other. Additional central laboratories include the biochemistry facility, magnetometry and electrical characterization labs as well as the microfluidics, and packaging laboratories.

Job Description:

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) is launching the third call within its post-doctoral fellowship program – The NanoTRAINforGrowth Program.

INL´s international post-doctoral fellowship program allows for experienced researchers (from all over the world and of all nationalities) to sketch out a research project and work on their own research idea at INL´s facilities. Fellows will have access to new stateoftheart infrastructure and will have the opportunity to enhance their expertise via a research project, in a scientific topic of their choice, which are within INL´s strategic research and technological development areas:

Nanomedicine: molecular diagnostics systems and chips, cell therapies, imaging solutions, drug delivery systems, biomolecular labels, neuro-electronics, etc. 

Environmental and food control: Nanotechnology applied to food industry, food safety and environmental control. Water and soil control, air pollution monitoring. Artificial nanopore sensors, lab-on-a-chip technologies, smart packaging and labels, food control processes, biosensing technologies.

Nanoelectronics: NEMS/MEMS, spintronics, photonics, nanofluidics, carbon-based devices (graphene, CNTs), molecular electronics, nanotechnologies to support the above research areas. 

Nanomanipulation: Single molecule/atom manipulation, molecular motors, nanotweezers, controlled self-assemby of building blocks for nanodevices.


INL´s NanoTRAINforGrowth Fellowship Program will fund experienced researchers that meet the following requirements:

• Have a PhD degree and with less than 10 years of full-time research experience (including the time taken to acquire the PhD).

• INL being an organization with an international legal status, applicants may originate from any country inside or outside Europe.

• The appointed researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for submission of proposals working at INL, under a post-doc position.

For administrative reasons, the applications will be classified under the following four major scientific panels: 

- Nanomedicine

- Food security & environment control

- Nanoelectronics

- Nanomanipulation

Job Application:

The applicant must apply by choosing one of the above scientific Panels in the application form. It is mandatory that potential applicants read the  guide for applicants and template for the research proposal. Applications that do not include the research proposal are not eligible and therefore excluded from the evaluation process.

Note that there is no predefined budget allocation among the panels. The budget will be distributed over the panels based on the proportion of eligible applications above the threshold received in each panel.

Selected candidates will be offered a position for 2 years.

DEADLINE: 20-07-2014 (23:00 Lisbon time)

In view of the large number of applications, we regret to inform that only successful candidates will be contacted.


Date Posted: May 27, 2014