3 PhD positions in project STiBNite (Number of position: 3)

University of ViennaEurope

We are pleased to advertise 3 Early-Stage Researcher (PhD) positions as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission STiBNite “Tailored materials for Sustainable Technologies: programming functional molecular components through Boron-Nitrogen doping”. The positions will all last three years and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners (see the overview of the project below).

Applications deadline: 24th October 2020

We reserve the right to close applications early should we receive a satisfactory number of applications.

Overview of the project and of the training offered to all Early Stage Researchers of STiBNite

STiBNite is a ITN European Training Network (ITN-ETN) that has been selected for funding by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme (pending signature of the GA), promoting the development of the next-generation of tailored BN-doped macromolecular organic semiconductor materials. The ETNs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs). Through 15 ESR research projects, STiBNite will establish an intersectoral training and research programme at the chemistry/physics/engineering interface with partners from 8 European countries. STiBNite ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a beneficiary organisation. The consortium brings together a unique team of world-leading academic groups and industry, at the forefront of semiconductors. Through this team of experts, the ESRs will receive an intensive training in the field of organic synthesis, materials science, surface science, materials characterization, modelling and device engineering, with the final goal to shape prime researchers that have been exposed to the development of bottom-up BN-doping strategies going all the way from design, synthesis, physical characterization, modelling and device applications. The coordinator is Prof. Davide Bonifazi (stibnitem20@univie.ac.at ) at the Faculty of Chemistry, Institute of Organic Chemistry, University of Vienna (Austria). The positions will be hosted at the following institutions:

• University of Louvain (UC Louvain, Belgium): 1 PhD positions, ESR 6.

For further Information: Prof. Jean-Chrisophe Charlier (ESR 6) Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, email: jean-christophe.charlier@uclouvain.be  

• Technische Universität München (TUM, Germany): 1 PhD position, ESR 8

For further Information: Prof. Wilhelm Auwärter, Physics Department, email: wau@tum.de

• Graphene-XT S.r.l. (GXT, Italy): 1 PhD position, ESR 14.

For further Information: Dr. Simone Ligi, email: info@graphene-xt.com

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientists in charge of the projects as soon as possible.

Available projects:

ESR6 (UCLouvain, Louvain-La-Neuve): Theoretical modelling of BNC hybrid nanomaterials. The PhD research will focus on the prediction of the structural, electronic, optical and transport properties of BN-doped carbon-based 2D materials using both state-of-the-art ab initio simulations and Green’s function techniques based on a tight-binding approach. A Master degree in Materials Science or Physics would be a suitable background for this position which requires previous exposure to quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics. Experience in the use of DFT-based codes or in developing simulation software is a plus, as well as a strong personal motivation to work in a diverse international research team and to collaborate with experimentalists.

ESR8 (TUM, Garching): In-situ fabrication of well-defined BNC architectures on surfaces under UHV. In this PhD project, self-assembly and on-surface synthesis protocols will be applied to develop atomically precise BN-doped carbon nanostructures that will be characterized by scanning probe microscopy, spectroscopy, and complementary surface science tools. A Master’s degree in physics or physical chemistry and a solid background in surface science, as well as previous experience using STM or other UHV-based analysis techniques would be a suitable background for this position.

ESR14 (GXT, Bologna): Preparation of BNC-bulk materials for coating applications. We plan to deposit the material with ink-jet printing and, when scaled-up, roll-to-roll technologies. Product and process scalability will be studies following by a basic potential market application. Background on applied or industrial chemistry is recommended but non mandatory, basic chemical laboratory experience is required.

Additional information:

The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer by each institution, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website or contact the local institutions (see contacts) for further information.

The ESRs will be enrolled in a vibrant PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.

Eligibility criteria:

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants:

• MUST at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Date of Recruitment’ means the first day of the employment of the researcher (i.e. contract starting date). ‘Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctoral degree programme.

• MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account.

• It is a requirement that network ESRs have an ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English to a level that is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from the network training.

Application Process:

Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV, a short summary of the research accomplishments, and names of two references to: stibnitem20@univie.ac.at . In the Cover Letter please indicate for which project you are applying and provide a brief motivation as to why you wish to become an ESR within STiBNite. Failing to provide any of the above documents will make your application ineligible. Please be aware that your application will be reviewed by the STiBNite committee, and your CV will be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process, to ensure an open, transparent and merit-based recruitment.


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