Postdoc positions in the field of atomic layer deposition & etching (ALD & ALE)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 30 Oct 2022

Are you eager to bring ALD and ALE to the next level for various applications in nano(opto)electronics and renewable energy technologies?


(Post-doctoral) Researcher

Irène Curie Fellowship



Applied Physics and Science Education

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Job description

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) and atomic layer etching (ALE) can be used to deposit or etch materials in an atomic layer by atomic layer fashion with unique features with respect to uniformity, conformality and control of surface and material properties. As such, both methods have become very popular atomic scale processing techniques with many applications in various fields of science and technology.

In collaboration with various academic and industry partners –  in and outside the Eindhoven Brainport region – we have several openings if you are interested to work in the field of ALD and ALE. The applications of the research are mostly in the area of nano(opto)electronics and renewable energy technologies. You will work on one of the following projects (or a combination thereof):

  • Plasma-based ALE – develop isotropic and anisotropic processes
  • ALD of 2D materials – preparing 2D transition metal chalcogenides for nano(opto)electronics
  • Spatial ALD – towards more materials and more applications
  • ALD and ALE for quantum technology – tailoring to the unique quantum requirements
  • ALD for tandem solar cells – enabling high-efficiency perovskite-based solar cells

You will join the Plasma & Materials Processing (PMP, ) research group at the Department of Applied Physics of the TU/e. The research in this group is coordinated by the principal investigators Prof. Adriana Creatore, Dr. Harm Knoops, Dr. Bart Macco, Dr. Adrie Mackus and Prof. Erwin Kessels. The present research in the PMP group embraces several research lines such as the experimental investigation of the plasma medium, in situ and operando studies of interaction of reactive species with surfaces, and (plasma-based) synthesis at the atomic scale of materials of interest in many fields in science and technology. You will be embedded in the Eindhoven Hendrik Casimir Institute (EHCI, ) or in the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES, ).

The research group and institute comprise an enthusiastic and diverse group of researchers who share a passion for collaborative efforts and working with students. They are strongly embedded in (inter)national academic and industrial research networks. You will have access to state-of-the-art lab and clean room facilities ( ) in aforementioned areas. These include many experimental systems for atomic-scale processing and extensive material analysis equipment.

Job requirements
  • PhD in in (Applied) Physics, Chemistry, Nanotechnologies,  Material Science or a comparable domain.
  • Ability to conduct high quality academic research, demonstrated by a PhD thesis and publication(s).
  • Strongly preferred: experience in thin films, deposition and/or etching, processing equipment, and analytical techniques
  • Excellent mastering of the English language, good communication and leadership skills. Note that there is no Dutch language requirement.
  • Be a team player and able to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary context.

Conditions of employment
  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment of 1 - 2.5 years, depending on the project.
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits (including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes).
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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About us

Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow. 


Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?Please contact Erwin Kessels, w.m.m.kessels[at] or +31 40 247 3477

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We invite you to submit a complete application using the apply-button. The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications. Please add a separate paragraph in which you specifically describe your experience in the field of atomic scale processing. Also add a separate paragraph (briefly) describing your vision on the future of atomic scale processing.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications, your conference presentations and the contact information of three references.
  • List of self-selected ‘best publications’.

We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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