16/02/2017
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD) in Semiconductor Physics

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    PhysicsCondensed matter properties
    PhysicsSolid state physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    01/05/2017 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Italy › Roma
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    36
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    02/10/2017
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    722176

Job title:          Doctoral Research Fellowship (PhD)

Title:                Carrier dynamics in semiconductor nanowires

Location:         Rome, Italy

Duration:         3 years

Contacts:        Dr. Faustino Martelli (faustino.martelli@cnr.it)

Gross Living Allowance 39820.44 € per year (plus a mobility allowance of 21600 € over the whole 3-years period and a family allowance, if eligible, depending on marital status).

Salary is subject to national taxes and employer’s costs.

PhD Research project

Nanowires (NWs) can be grown with different chemistry and morphology that, when combined in heterostructures, enable the study of phenomena not observable in bulk. This knowledge is required for device applications. The aim of the research project is at the investigation of the carrier dynamics in NWs using optical techniques over the temporal range of 50 fs to 5 ns, which enables the study of carrier- carrier and carrier-phonon scattering, but also radiative and non-radiative decay times. The experimental techniques include photoluminescence (PL), time-resolved PL and Fast Transient Absorption Spectroscopy via the pump-probe method. Raman spectroscopy will be also used for characterization of some structural property of the NWs.

The research project will be developed in close collaboration with the IOM-CNR laboratory, also a member of INDEED, where the nanowires will be grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Plain NWs, including core-shell structures, Quantum dots in NWs, magnetic inserts in NWs, NWs/nanoparticles hybrid systems, for studying the exciton-plasmon interaction, are typical structures that will be investigated.

The research will be carried on in a newly built, optical laboratory in the Area della Ricerca di Tor Vergata, in Rome. It is equipped with a complete 35-fs amplified Ti:Sa laser system including an OPA (optical parametric amplifier) and all the necessary equipment.

Context

This research fellowship programme (PhD) will be carried out within the context of the INDEED network, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions– Innovative Training Network (ITN) – project funded by the European Commission, under their H2020 program. Through the project activities, the Fellows/PhD students will have the opportunity to come in contact and collaborate with some of the best European research groups.

Responsibilities

  1. Perform high quality research in the bespoke research project under the guidance of the supervisory team.
  2. Meet the members of the supervisory team on a regular basis.
  3. Participate in the activities of the Network as specified in the Grant Agreement and/or required by the node coordinator, including secondments in other network nodes and taking part in the network meetings and in the training activities.
  4. Write up the results of the research activity and present research papers and publications at meetings and conferences, as advised by the supervisors. 

  5. Widen the personal knowledge in the research area and undertake complementary training.
  6. Keep records of the activities, such as research, training, secondments, visits, leave of absence, etc.

Person Specification

The successful candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria (see below ) and have:

  1. An excellent academic record in physics, engineering, material sciences or related areas, with a solid academic background in Semiconductor Physics or Solid State Physics.
  2. A keen interest in pursuing research in nanotechnology, and in particular the science and technology of nanowires
  3. The ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. A good command of English language, with excellent oral and written skills.

* Note that female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Desirable

Any or combination of the following will be a clear advantage.

  • A demonstrable ability or potential to produce research published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Knowledge of, or a strong willingness to learn Italian.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must meet all the criteria listed below

  1. Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment by the host organisation. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. However, full time spent on non-research related activities may be discounted, where each case is evaluated on its own merit.  
  2. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  3. Prior to starting their position, the successful fellows must have completed the courses that would have allowed them to enrol in a doctorate program either in the country where they are studying or in the country offering the position.

The INDEED project

Nanowires (NWs) exhibit unique properties that make them potential building blocks for a variety of next generation NanoElectronics devices. Recent advances have shown that NWs with predefined properties can be grown, offering a new paradigm enabling functional device prototypes including: biosensors, solar cells, transistors, quantum light sources and lasers. The critical mass of scientific knowledge gained now needs to be translated into of NW technologies for industry. FP7-MSCA NanoEmbrace, an INDEED precursor made substantial contributions to NW research, producing excellent scientific and technological results (> 100 journal papers published) and delivering outstanding training in nanoscience and transferable skills to ESRs.

NW-based technology concepts have not yet been translated into market-ready products, because industry and academia have not worked hand-in-hand to commercialize the research findings. Thus, it is essential that NW research is now directed towards customer-oriented scientific R&D; whilst applying innovative industrial design techniques to ensure rapid translation of the basic technologies into commercial devices.

This ambitious challenge requires close collaboration between academia and industry, combining the efforts of scientists and engineers to address market needs. Building upon our previous achievements, a team of leading scientific experts from top institutions in Europe, strengthened by experts in innovative design and industrial partners with an excellent track record of converting cutting edge scientific ideas into market products has formed the INDEED network to address this challenge. To enhance employability, INDEED will train young ESRs to become experts with a unique skill set that includes interdisciplinary scientific techniques, industrial experience through R&D secondments and innovative design skills.

The INDEED consortium

Coordinator:  University of Durham, Durham UK.

Academic Beneficiaries: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) ; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR, Italy: Institute of Microcroelectronics and Microsystems, Rome and Istituto Officina dei Materiali, Trieste); University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France: Centre for Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, Paris and Institut supérieur de l'électronique et du numérique, Lille); Lappeenranta Institute of Technology (Finland); University of Newcastle (UK); Lunds University (Sweden); The University of Liverpool (UK);  Université Paris-Sud (France).

Industrial Beneficiaries:Innolume GmbH (Dortmund, Germany); Imina Technogies (Lausanne, Switzerland).

Associate Partners: ITMO University (Russia), PragmatIC Printing (UK), Peratech (UK), Horiba (France), Digital Surf (France), Thundernil (Italy), APE research(Italy), Quantum DX (UK), Microsoft Station Q (Denmark), Semimetrics Ltd (UK), Université Paris-Saclay (France), Höganäs (Sweden), General Electric (Germany), Riber (France).

Benefits

Gross Living Allowance 39820.44 € per year plus mobility allowance (21200 to 30600 € for the 3-years period, depending on marital status).

Salary is subject to national taxes and employer’s costs.

All people resident in Italy during their working period benefit of the Italian National Health System

Eligibility criteria

The candidates must meet all the criteria listed below

 

  1. Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree at the time of recruitment by the host organisation. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. However, full time spent on non-research related activities may be discounted, where each case is evaluated on its own merit.  
  2. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
  3. Prior to starting their position, the successful fellows must have completed the courses that would have allowed them to enrol in a doctorate program either in the country where they are studying or in the country offering the position.

Selection process

Along with your application and CV, please send the names of at least two persons for references and a Skype address.

Write in the subject of your application e-mail: "ESR Marie Curie - IMM- Rome". Send it to faustino.martelli@cnr.it and to rubini@iom.cnr.it

For sole information purposes only write to faustino.martelli@cnr.it, using the same subject.

It will be a two-stage process. To be enrolled in CNR, selected candidates will be asked to apply to a specific CNR-call that will be published in a later moment. An interview (via Skype, if necessary) will be conducted during this second phase.

 

Additional comments

The work will be carried out in close collaboration with the IOM-CNR institute, located in Trieste-Italy, where a further Ph.D. student will be hired within the INDEED project. Further collaborations within the INDEED consortium are probable.

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

An excellent academic record in physics, engineering, material sciences or related areas, with a solid academic background in Semiconductor Physics or Solid State Physics is required.

Experimental skills and a strong commitment to data analysis.

Please, read carefully the eligibility criteria contained in the job offer.

Specific Requirements

A strong commitment to learn Italian is also required.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Microelettronica e Microsistemi del CNR
Italy
RM
Roma
00133
via del fosso del cavaliere 100

EURAXESS offer ID: 182071