PhD scholarship in Growth and Characterization of the Electronic Properties of Silicene

DTU Nanotech
onsdag 09 maj 18

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In connection with our newly granted research project “Two-dimensional silicon for electronics” from the Velux Foundation, we are offering a PhD scholarship in growth and characterization of the electronic properties of silicene.

The goal of the project is to grow silicene on inert, non-interacting substrates. The synthesis process will be performed in an ultra-high vacuum chamber equipped with a scanning probe microscope (both scanning tunneling microscope and atomic force microscope). Once the growth mechanism has been studied and understood, the PhD candidate is expected to investigate the electronic properties of silicene through spectroscopic techniques, such as angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy, in suitable synchrotron radiation facilities.   

Responsibilities and tasks
DTU wishes to employ a focused and motivated student to carry out this project. The PhD candidate will be working with several microscopy and spectroscopy techniques, and is expected to collaborate with other experimental and theoretical groups as well.

External research stays might take place during the project.

The PhD candidate may also be engaged in collaborations involving other two-dimensional materials other than silicene.

Candidates should have a master´s degree in physics or equivalent. A master´s project or previous work experience involving ultra-high vacuum techniques and/or scanning tunnelling microscopy will be beneficial.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide.    

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 with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.   

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Assistant Prof. Luca Camilli, tel.: +45 4525 5788, or by email:  

IMPORTANT: you must put “SilicenePhD” in the subject line, to get a fast answer.

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Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 11 June 2018 (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:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here)

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

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.

DTU Nanotech - the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology - is situated in the northern part of Copenhagen. DTU Nanotech is a centre of excellence in micro- and nanotechnology utilising sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology, thereby enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. DTU Nanotech has approx. 270 staff members. With 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.