The Materials Research Institute at Penn State University seeks outstanding applicants for a postdoctoral scholar position focused on development and implementation of in vacuo optical characterization methods to study the growth and properties of wafer-scale two-dimensional (2D) materials. The postdoc position is part of the NSF Materials Innovation Platform (MIP) national facility at Penn State – the 2D Crystal Consortium (2DCC) - which is focused on the development of 2D chalcogenide films and crystals for applications in next-generation electronics. The postdoc will work with current 2DCC faculty and staff and external vendors to develop equipment and methods for in vacuo transfer and optical characterization of wafer-scale 2D chalcogenide films and use these methods to study the growth of 2D monolayers and heterostructures grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). Applicants for the position should have a background in materials synthesis and relevant experience in optical characterization methods such as Raman spectroscopy, photoluminescence, spectroscopic ellipsometry, optical reflectance, etc. Relevant hands-on skills with vacuum equipment design and operation are a plus. The postdoc will participate in in-house research but will also be expected to collaborate and assist external users of the 2DCC facility. Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a closely related field and a strong record of relevant research. Specific experience with optical spectroscopy, in situ characterization and/or CVD growth of compound semiconductors, oxides, chalcogenides, etc. is preferred. This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment in support of the in-house research and user program goals of the 2DCC facility. The postdoctoral scholar will develop equipment and methods for in vacuo transfer and optical characterization of wafer-scale 2D chalcogenide films and use these methods to study the growth of 2D monolayers and heterostructures grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The postdoctoral scholar will perform world-leading 2D materials synthesis research aligned to the goals of the 2DCC-MIP, including in situ characterization tool development for both in-house research and the support of research projects by the external user community. The postdoctoral scholar will also assist in the coordination and management of the Materials Innovation Platform, including facilitating user needs, preparation of reports for research sponsors, and scientific outreach to the professional research community. To be considered for this position, applicants should include a curriculum vitae, a cover letter with a summary of relevant skills and experience and contact information for three professional references (name, position title, mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. This is a fixed term position with excellent opportunities for refunding.
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