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ERC funded PhD position on “Piezoelectric Zinc Oxide obtained by plasma atomic layer deposition”

A PhD student position is opened on the ERC project “Smart Core/Shell Nanorod arrays for artificial skins applications” (Projekt Nummer 715403). The projects aim at the development of a hybrid material made of a smart hydrogel core with a piezoelectric shell of Zinc oxide. The hydrogel core will be responsive to temperature and humidity and as a consequence change its thickness. The piezoelectric shell will in turn produce a measureable electrical signal after the thickness increase of the core. The goal of the PhD thesis will be to obtain oriented zinc oxide layers with high piezoelectric constants. A vapor-based deposition technique, plasma assisted atomic layer deposition will be used to deposit the thin film, plus spectroscopic ellipsometry and x-ray based techniques for the characterization.
The position is fully funded for three years
Starting date: May 2017 (approx).
Compensation: gross salary, 1996.90Euro/month with employment of 30h/week
Requirements: Highly qualified applicants from all over the world are invited to apply. All applicants must hold a Master Degree (or get it within the Starting date) or equivalent academic degree in the fields of Physics, Chemistry or Material Science. All applicants should have excellent academic track records and demonstrate strong enthusiasm and talent for research. Fluent English is a must.
Desired qualifications: Experience in the field of organic films on surfaces and their structural characterization. Knowledge of the area of the physics of solid state and surface science. Communication skills.
Selection procedure: The deadline for the application is February 20th. Please send a CV, with two references, a record of the Master exams with relative grade and a motivation letter to Ass. Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Coclite at the address anna.coclite@tugraz.at. The candidates will be notified of the acceptance of their candidature and if shortlisted a time and date for the interview will be fixed. During the interview, the candidates will be asked to give a short presentation of their Master thesis to the research group they will work in, with a following short discussion.

ERC funded PhD position on “Thermo-responsive hydrogels by initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition”

A PhD student position is opened on the ERC project “Smart Core/Shell Nanorod arrays for artificial skins applications” (Projekt Nummer 715403). The projects aim at the development of a hybrid material made of a smart hydrogel core with a piezoelectric shell of Zinc oxide. The hydrogel core will be responsive to temperature and humidity. The goal of the PhD thesis will be to finely tune the chemical composition of the hydrogel in order to obtain a fast response over a large range of temperatures. A vapor-based deposition technique, initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition (iCVD) will be used to synthetize the materials, plus spectroscopic ellipsometry and x-ray based techniques for the characterization.
The position is fully funded for three years, with the possibility of an extension.
Starting date: May 2017 (approx).
Compensation: gross salary, 1996.90Euro/month with employment of 30h/week
Requirements: Highly qualified applicants from all over the world are invited to apply. All applicants must hold a Master Degree (or get it within the Starting date) or equivalent academic degree in the fields of Physics, Chemistry or Material Science. All applicants should have excellent academic track records and demonstrate strong enthusiasm and talent for research. Fluent English is a must.
Desired qualifications: Experience in the field of organic films on surfaces and their structural characterization. Knowledge of the area of the physics of soft matter and surface science. Communication skills.
Selection procedure: The deadline for the application is February 20th. Please send a CV, with two references, a record of the Master exams with relative grade and a motivation letter to Ass. Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Coclite at the address anna.coclite@tugraz.at. The candidates will be notified of the acceptance of their candidature and if shortlisted a time and date for the interview will be fixed. During the interview, the candidates will be asked to give a short presentation of their Master thesis to the research group they will work in, with a following short discussion.

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