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Postdoc position: Fabrication and characterization of thermal routers based on 2D heterostructures and graphite

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Job description

We envision a candidate that will be using thin-film layer deposition techniques, like Chemical Vapor Deposition, to achieve conformal 2D layers (transitional metal dichacolgenides) on top of graphite. We expect the candidate to be able to conduct thin-film growth in both cleanroom and wet-chemistry labs followed by detailed characterization of physico-chemical and thermal properties of the materials. The thermal characterization will be accompanied multi-physics modelling of the observed behavior, providing new descriptors for the development of advanced thermal conduits. We expect the candidate to interact with the industrial partners of the project, Philips, Thales, VDL and InnoEnergy, for the development of fabrication recipes that can be scaled-up in the future.


The work will be carried out in collaboration between the University of Twente (The Netherlands) (~1.5 - 1.3 year) and the CSIC-Madrid (Spain), from where you will be required to work from for a period as well. (~0.5 - 0.7 year). The work at the University of Twente will be conducted in the Catalytic Processes and Materials group (Dr. ir. J.A. Faria) in the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Thermal and Fluid Engineering group (Prof. G. Brem) in the Faculty of Engineering Technology. In the CSIC-Madrid the work will be supervised by the group FINDER (Dr. M. Muñoz Rojo). You are encouraged to visit the different groups here:

Your profile

  • We seek highly motivated early-career researcher with a PhD degree on applied physics, material science, and/or nanotechnology with an excellent background on thermal characterization, solid-state physics, micro-fabrication, and cleanroom experience.
  • Programing experience is highly valued on (MATLAB, C/C, Python, COMSOL).
  • Our ideal candidate must enjoy working in an internationally and multi-disciplinary team contributing to the research of team-members.
  • We welcome strong interpersonal skills and interest in sharing knowledge at conferences and meetings.
  •  Proficiency in English is required, both spoken and written. The appointment will require mobility of the candidate between the Netherlands and Spain.

Our offer

This position plays a key role in this ambitious project and you will be embedded in a dynamic research group with colleagues working on similar topics. We offer:

  • a full-time 2-year postdoc position.
  • a gross salary between € 3.420,- and € 4.490,- per month depending on experience and qualifications;
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • a minimum of 29 leave days in case of full-time employment.
  • we provide a stimulating, modern research environment with world-class research facilities, including access to the NanoLab in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology.

Information and application

Please submit your application before February 10th using the ‘Apply now’ button, and include:

  • a cover letter outlining your specific interest, qualifications, and motivation to apply for this position.
  • a detailed CV.
  • transcripts (in English for non-Dutch applicant) from your Bachelor and Master degrees.
  • contact information of two scientific staff members (one should be the supervisor of your MSc thesis project) who are willing to provide a recommendation letter at our request.

Additional information about this position can be acquired from Jimmy A. Faria (j.a.fariaalbanese@utwente.nl) and Miguel Muñoz Rojo (m.munozrojo@utwente.nl).

About the organization

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.

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Postdoc position: Fabrication and characterization of thermal routers based on 2D heterostructures and graphite
Drienerlolaan 5 Hengelo, Netherlands
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