Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 PhD positions in an Innovative Training Network (Marie Skłodowska-Curie MSCA-ITN) in Terahertz Technologies (TeraApps Project 765426)

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    University of Glasgow
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    TechnologyElectrical technology
    TechnologyFuture technology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    01/07/2018 00:00 - Europe/London
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    To be determined by host institution
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers) to be funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “TeraApps – Doctoral Training Network in Terahertz Technologies for Imaging, Radar and Communications Applications”. TeraApps is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

The available 15 ESR positions:


ESR 1: Resonant Tunnelling Diode Epitaxial Wafer Design, Manufacture and Characterisation

Host Institution: University of Glasgow (UGLA), UK

Link to Advert: https://www.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/ (vacancy ref: E20351)

Duration: 36 months


ESR 2: Triple Barrier Resonant Tunnelling Diodes (TB RTD) for Signal Generation and Detection

Host Institution: Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany

Position filled


ESR 3: Antimony and Indium Arsenide based Resonant Tunnelling Devices for High-Speed and Mid-Infrared Applications

Host Institution: Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg (UWUE), Germany

Web Link: https://www.physik.uni-wuerzburg.de/tep/startseite/

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Sven Hӧfling, UWUE, [sven.hoefling@physik.uni-wuerzburg.de]


ESR 4: Room Temperature High-Speed Resonant Tunnelling Diodes for Single Photon Detectors and Optically Controlled Oscillators

Host Institution: Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg (UWUE), Germany

Position filled



ESR 5: Resonant Tunnelling Devices with Low Power Dissipation based on Terahertz Displacement Currents

Host Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Spain

Position filled


ESR 6: Design, Fabrication and Characterisation of RTD Terahertz Oscillators

Host Institution: University of Glasgow (UGLA), UK

Web: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/research/divisions/ene/researc...

Link to Advert: https://www.gla.ac.uk/it/iframe/jobs/ (vacancy ref: E20349)

Duration: 36 months


ESR 7: Travelling-Wave Microstrip RTD Oscillators

Host Institution: Technische Universtitӓt Wien (TUW), Austria

Position filled


ESR 8: Antenna-in-Antenna Sub-harmonic Injection Locking for Resonant Tunnelling Diode Oscillators

Host Institution: Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE), Germany

Position filled


ESR 9: Resonant Tunnelling Diode Optoelectronic Receivers and Transmitters

Host Institution: Ciências - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Web Link: https://ciencias.ulisboa.pt/

Primary Supervisor: Prof. José Figueiredo, Ciências UL, [jmfigueiredo@ciencias.ulisboa.pt]

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Edward Wasige, UGLA

Industry Supervisor: Dr. Iñigo Artundo, VLC Photonics

Link to advert: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/328854

Duration: 36 months


ESR 10: Novel Terahertz Detectors based on Ultrafast 2D Systems for Imaging and Telecommunication Applications

Host Institution: Universite de Montpellier (UM), France

Position filled


ESR 11: Development of Room-Temperature Terahertz Nano-Detectors

Host Institution: CNR-Nanoscience Institute (CNR), Italy

Position filled


ESR 12: Characterisation of Image Sensors based on Metamaterial Absorbers and their Application to Imaging

Host Institution: University of Glasgow (UGLA), UK

Position filled


ESR 13: Terahertz Resonant Tunnelling Diode Sources for Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Condition Monitoring (CM)

Host Institution: National Physics Laboratory (NPL), UK

Position filled


ESR 14: Terahertz Near-Field Biological Sensors for Proteins Investigation in Watery Conditions

Host Institution: Universite de Montpellier (UM), France

Position filled


ESR 15: Terahertz Metrology for Semiconductor Device and Circuits Research

Host Institution: Keysight Technologies (KEYS), Belgium

Position filled


Benefits and Salary

The MSCA programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living Allowance = 37,320 euro/year (correction factor to be applied per country) + Monthly mobility allowance = 600 to 1100 euro depending on the family situation]. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. The approximate gross salary stated above is subject to employers statutory deductions and the amount varies according to the living costs of the host country

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR): All researchers recruited must be Early-Stage Researchers. Early-stage researchers are those who, at the time of recruitment by the host are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtain the degree which formally entitles them 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).

Conditions of Mobility of Researchers: Researchers are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Researchers 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 prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. Note that the mobility rule applies to the (first) beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded.

English Language: ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficient for them to derive the full benefits of the network training.

Selection process

General guidance for applicants: The vacant ESR positions at individual partner institutions are also being advertised locally at the respective institutions and local recruitment sites. These local/individual advertisements will have further details including local closing dates.

To apply, please make an initial informal contact with the primary supervisor with a copy of your CV and a brief note of your research interests and career ambitions. Following subsequent screening, potential candidates will be advised to make a formal application for the ESR position, and if successful, also to PhD study at the given or nominated partner university. The selection process will include a formal interview with the short-listed candidates. The recruitment process for each position will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified and accepted the PhD position offer.

General Contact Person:

Dr Edward Wasige
TeraApps Co-ordinator
The University of Glasgow
Email: edward.wasige@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone: +44(0)141 330 8662

Additional comments

Number of available positions

15 PhD positions


36 months

Research Fields

Electrical and Electronic Engineering – Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering – Semiconductors – Optical Engineering – Photonics


Terahertz, electronics, optoelectronics, terahertz sources, terahertz detectors, terahertz systems, resonant tunnelling diodes

Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 years (Post Graduate)

Key dates

The project will formally kick off on 01 January 2018 and so we are looking to have ESRs starting on this date or soon thereafter, preferably within 6 months of this start date at the latest.


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765426.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent

Specific Requirements

TeraApps Abstract

Our future world will be one of ubiquitous sensor systems - a “Real World Web” where billions of devices, machines, or “things” will connect to the internet. In 2008, more machines were connected to the internet than there are humans on the planet and by 2020 there are predicted to be 50 billion machines connected to the internet. As a consequence, there will be an ever-increasing hunger for communications bandwidth, both at a local level within an office or apartment, and at nodes within data centres and server farms. The terahertz (THz) band is yet to be exploited, and occupies frequencies from 0.3 to 3 THz (1mm to 100um) occupying a middle ground between microwaves and infrared light. THz technologies are set to revolutionize a range of imaging, sensing, and quantum optics applications. Recently, tunnelling devices have been shown to be the leading candidate in realizing compact, low cost, high performance THz transmitters and receivers once coupled to suitable antennas. Also, new two dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene or 1D nanowires are emerging as suitable platforms for realising highly sensitive detectors of THz radiation. These emerging research areas link e.g. semiconductor materials synthesis, high speed electronic device physics and engineering, antenna design, THz optics, etc. to enable a raft of diverse new applications. The research community is presently dispersed, and this highly multi-disciplinary field requires specialist training. Therefore, a new generation of academic and industry leaders for developing these devices and systems is now required. This network addresses this future societal need by addressing this training gap, and crystallising world leading groups in a concentrated research effort. A specialist training plan, including entrepreneurship and transferrable skills along with advanced research topic specific has been devised.

Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
University of Glasgow (UGLA)
United Kingdom
G12 8QQ
University Avenue
2 position(s) available at
Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE)
2 position(s) available at
Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg (UWUE)
1 position(s) available at
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
1 position(s) available at
Technische Universtitӓt Wien (TUW)
1 position(s) available at
Ciências - Universidade de Lisboa
2 position(s) available at
Universite de Montpellier (UM)
1 position(s) available at
CNR-Nanoscience Institute (CNR)
1 position(s) available at
National Physics Laboratory (NPL)
United Kingdom
1 position(s) available at
Keysight Technologies (KEYS)

EURAXESS offer ID: 253779