ORGANISATION/COMPANYKarlsruhe Institute of Technology
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE31/12/2019 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
LOCATIONGermany › Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
OFFER STARTING DATE01/03/2020
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER861145
Project Title: Supercapacitors to create magnetoelectric (ME) effects: energy storage mechanisms versus voltage-controlled magnetism.
Project description: Voltage control of magnetic properties in materials is of great technological importance owing to its ultralow power consumption and potential for integration with the existing technologies. The project concerns application of voltage-driven reversible electrochemistry (surface chemistry and ion-exchange) to control magnetism. The conducted research is of the interdisciplinary nature effectively spanning nanomagnetism, material science and electrochemistry.
Objectives: Development of systems with voltage-controlled magnetism adapting electrochemical mechanisms known from energy storage (supercapacitors and batteries). The working systems will be prepared in the form of thin films, multilayers, or nanopatterned structures. The working devices will be characterized electrochemically and magnetically to get the reversible magnetic response to electrical (voltage) stimulus.
Expected results: Development of magnetically active thin film or nanostructured supercapacitors exhibiting (i) strong magnetoelectric response driven by reversible charging/discharging processes (ii) with low power consumption (iii). Disentanglement of competing charging mechanisms (electrostatic, surface chemistry, near-surface ion intercalation) while inducing voltage-driven magnetic transitions.
Skills to be developed: Metal oxide thin film growth by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) techniques, such as such as Pulse Laser Deposition (PLD) or Magnetron Sputtering (MS). Use of material and magnetic characterization techniques, such as X-Ray Diffraction, Atomic Force Microscopy, SQUID Magnetometery. An important part of work will involve use of galvano/ potentiostats for electrochemical characterization and in-situ experiments on magnetoelectric effect.
Previous experience in one or more of these areas is beneficial but not essential.
Degree Requirement: The ideal candidate will have a Masters in Physics, Solid State Physics, Physical Chemistry, Materials Science, or closely related discipline.
With more than 9,000 employees and an annual budget of about EUR 900 million, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the biggest public research and education institutions in Germany (25000 students, 4900 researchers/teaching staff). It offers a wide range of degree programs covering Natural Sciences, Engineering, Education, Social Sciences, Arts programs (43 bachelor and consecutive 37 master degrees in 2018). As in the previous years, the results in various rankings in 2017 show that KIT is very well positioned in national and international comparisons. For example, in the "QS World University Rankings," the overall ranking of the best universities in the world published by Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. in London, the KIT ranked 107th in 2017. Recently, KIT was successful in the very prestigious funding line of “Universities of Excellence” in the Excellence Strategy competition launched by the Federation and the Federal States.
The hosting group is led by Prof. Horst Hahn (http://www.int.kit.edu/staff_horst.hahn.php) and is located at the Institute of Nanotechnology (INT) KIT. The INT is a world-class facility with equipment and technologies ranging from advanced microscopy, ultrahigh vacuum sytems, and diffraction to cryophysics. At INT (http://www.int.kit.edu/about.php) we conduct fundamental and applied research with a focus on innovation in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Our scientists collaborate within the institute and with partners around the world across the disciplines of physics, chemistry, and materials science, as well as biology and medicine.
BeMAGIC project is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network that offers the possibility to pursue the PhD within the Network at different universities/research centres/companies across Europe. The duration of the appointment is 3 years, starting in February 2020. Highly competitive and attractive salary is offered (it meets the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie standards), plus mobility and family allowances as applicable. Importantly, the Marie Curie eligibility criteria must be respected. Eligible early-stage researchers (ESRs) are those who are, at the date of recruitment by the host institution, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate. In addition, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Researchers can be nationals of any country (including all countries outside Europe).
Application procedure: Interested applicants should provide a full CV and a letter of interest on the following website: https://bemagic-etn.eu/project/offered-esr-positions
EURAXESS offer ID: 425108
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