University of Twente

PhD position for Opto-Electronic neuromorphic computing

2022-11-01
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Job description

The Hybrid Materials for OptoElectronics (HMOE) group is looking for a PhD researcher to develop the novel plasmonic molecular materials for opto-electronic computing. To realise non-von Neumann neuromorphic computation, development of opto-electronics based on organic molecular materials is promising, due to their low switching energies and high flexibilities compared to the conventional silicon-based circuits. The aim of the project is to develop fundamental understanding of charge transport and light-matter interactions involved in the molecular materials, which can then be tailored to emulate brain-like computation.

The PhD researcher will fabricate opto-electronics based on molecular tunnelling junctions consisting of tuneable organic molecules and thin films of flexible materials, perform electrical measurements, build optics to realise imaging and spectroscopy of the junctions, and analyse the electrical and optical responses of the system. This will eventually enable the evolution of molecular tunnelling junctions to be photonically active devices, which opens prospects for the innovative optical computing.

The project will be carried out in a multidisciplinary research programme. You will be part of the HMOE group (Department of Molecules & Materials, Faculty of Science & Technology), working closely with the leading theoretical and experimental groups worldwide, and backed by MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the largest research institute of the UT.

Your profile

  • You have Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, materials science, plasmonics, light-matter interaction or a related field.
  • You have lab experience with optics and/or molecular tunnelling junctions.
  • You are a self-motivating person who enjoys solving a challenging task, with excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You are proficient in English and able to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations.

Our offer

  • Fulltime employment position for four years.
  • The PhD salary is € 2.541,- in the first year and increases to € 3.247,- in the fourth year.
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • The number of holiday hours for full-time employment is 232 hours per calendar year.
  • An extensive range of personal development and training programmes.

Information and application

Please send your application via the 'Apply Now' button before 1 November 2022 and include:

  • An application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position,
  • A detailed CV, with a publication list (if applicable),
  • An academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education,
  • Contact details of two referees.

An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. References are only requested for shortlisted candidates. For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact dr. Q. Lin (Ivana) at q.lin@utwente.nl.

About the department

The HMOE group is located in the Department of Molecules & Materials, Faculty of Science & Technology. The HMOE group develops molecular-scale devices where charge transport and light-matter interactions go hand-in-hand, and are important in areas ranging from biology, green energy, catalysis, chemistry, physics, to nano-electronics and modern-day data processing. We have developed plasmonic electronic transducers, molecular electronic plasmon sources, and multi-functional molecular switches. We study in the detailed fundamental aspects.

The group contributes to MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the largest research institute of the University of Twente. The institute trains graduate students and PhD-students, and conducts multidisciplinary research in the fields of photonics, nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science, and microelectronics. We also make use of the Nanolab Twente, one of the best equipped academic clean room laboratories in Europe. We are also closely connected with the Molecules Centre and Centre for Brains-Inspired Nano Systems (BRAINS).

About the organization

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

Job details

Title
PhD position for Opto-Electronic neuromorphic computing
Location
Drienerlolaan 5 Enschede, Netherlands
Published
2022-09-15
Application deadline
2022-11-01
Job type
PhD
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