Two postdoc positions within the field of 2D Materials

Updated: 26 days ago

The Department of Photonics Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral candidates for two postdoc positions within the field of two-dimensional materials. The successful candidates will be part of a research project that seeks to understand the growth of transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) by laser ablation, makes use of spectroscopic methods for the in-situ control of defects in 2D-TMDs, as well as integration of 2D-TMDs and their heterostructures in novel optoelectronic devices.

Technical University of Denmark has a broad range of activities within two-dimensional materials research. The candidate will be part of the Thin Film Photovoltaics group led by Senior Researcher Stela Canulescu focused on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs). We collaborate with world-leading groups with expertise on both theoretical and experimental research dedicated to 2D materials. The successful candidates will be part of an exceptional collaborative environment consisting of scientists, postdocs and PhD students with expertise on nanomaterials, ultrafast optical spectroscopy, theoretical modelling and photovoltaics. 

Responsibilities and tasks
The potential candidates are expected to work in a team and tackle interdisciplinary challenges that will involve:

  • Synthesis of 2D-TMDs by novel methods based on pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
  • In-situ monitoring of the growth of 2D materials using spectroscopic methods.
  • Characterization of 2D materials with AFM, XPS, XRD, Raman, PL, TEM, etc.
  • Fabrication and characterization of optoelectronic devices based van der Waals heterostructures.

As a postdoc, you may be also involved in teaching for a period of up to one month. Experiments will be conducted with a suite of capabilities available at DTU or in collaboration with external partners.

This project is funded by the Sapere Aude- Starting Grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark.

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in Physics, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or other science-related discipline. In addition, the candidates may have experience with two or more items listed below: 

  • 2D materials synthesis by chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
  • Raman spectroscopy of 2D materials.
  • Nanofabrication of 2D devices.
  • Experience in clean room.
  • Sound background knowledge in solid-state physics is highly desired due to the exploratory nature of the projects.
  • Good communication skills in English (both written and oral) are required.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility. 

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employement is 2 years. The employment is expected to start on December 1 2020 or earlier.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here .  

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Group Leader Stela Canulescu, email tel.: +45 4677 4519.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 28 September 2020 (local time)Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply. 

At DTU Photonics Engineering, we research into understanding the nature of light and all the ways in which we can control and use light. Photonics Engineering has become a key enabling technology for our society and is used, for example, both for our communication infrastructure, in the healthcare sector for the treatment of diseases and for secure communication on the Internet.

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DTU develops technology for people. With our international elite research and study programmes, we are helping to create a better world and to solve the global challenges formulated in the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Hans Christian Ørsted founded DTU in 1829 with a clear vision to develop and create value using science and engineering to benefit society. That vision lives on today. DTU has 12,000 students and 6,000 employees. We work in an international atmosphere and have an inclusive, evolving, and informal working environment. Our main campus is in Kgs. Lyngby north of Copenhagen and we have campuses in Roskilde and Ballerup.

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