Postdoc Position: Characterisation of Disorder in 2D Materials by Transmission Electron Microscopy, DTU, Denmark

Study in:Denmark
Deadline: 19 January 2018

Postdoc in Characterisation of Disorder in 2D Materials by Transmission Electron Microscopy

A 2 year postdoc position is available in the Applied 2D Materials group headed by Tim Booth at the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Nanotech), as a part of the Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Graphene second phase.

In this position you will study the generation, engineering and impact of edges and defect in 2D materials to aid in achieving the overall goal of the Center; the realization of highly structured and atomically precise metamaterials for electronic and optical applications.

Responsibilities and tasks
Structural disorder, including defects and edges, has a profound impact on the transport and optical properties of 2D materials.

You will introduce and study such disorder in-situ in the transmission electron microscope, and develop techniques for the patterning of 2D materials and the development of defect-tolerant systems.

You will be responsible for fabricating electrically contacted samples of both existing and novel 2D materials in suspended form for study by transmission electron microscopy and by other techniques.

You will be responsible for atomic-scale characterisation of edges and defects in these materials, some of which are unstable in atmosphere or under the beam of the TEM.

You will perform electrical and thermal characterisation based on our microfabricated contacted and heated TEM chip platform.

You will assist us in further developing this platform and microfabricating new generations of TEM chips.

Your work will rely on input from other PhD and Postdoctoral researchers working in the Center, both experimental and theoretical, and others will rely on your output in achieving the goals of the CNG – as a result you must be happy to work in a highly interconnected and inter-reliant team, deliver results on time and be accountable to your colleagues from DTU Nanotech, DTU Physics, the DTU Danchip cleanroom facility, the DTU Center for Electron Nanoscopy, and Aalborg University.

As a Postdoctoral researcher, you will also be expected to take independent ownership of your project and research career, formulate and supervise projects for students, and mentor junior researchers hands-on in the lab and through feedback on their research results. We expect you to already be proficient in the dissemination of research through peer-reviewed journal articles and to have some experience in the grant writing process.

Candidates should have a PhD degree or equivalent. The following skills are required for this position:

  • You are an expert user of FEI Tecnai and an experienced user of FEI Titan microscopes or equivalent systems.
  • You have extensive experience in the fabrication of 2D materials in suspended form for study in TEM.
  • You have experience in the fabrication and TEM characterisation of van der Waals heterostructures.
  • You have experience with silicon microfabrication technology

In addition, candidates with the following skills will be given priority:

  • You have demonstrated skills in the handling and preparation of 2D materials
  • You have a proven track record of publishing on the structure and properties of 2D materials commensurate with your experience level
  • You have demonstrated the formulation and successful supervision of student projects relating to your research
  • You have experience working in collaborative research projects consisting of multiple interdependent team members and workpackages, e.g. EU FP7 projects or their equivalents.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

You can read more about career paths at DTU here.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Tim Booth, tel.: +45 4525 6355.

You can read more about DTU Nanotech on

Application procedure
Please submit your online application no later than 19 January 2018 (local time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc and PhD)
  • List of publications

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanotech is a department at DTU, dedicated to conduct research, education and innovation within micro- and nanotechnology at the highest international level. Being an active player in close to 100 collaborative research projects of which many includes national and international leading companies and institutions, DTU Nanotech has a high degree of external cooperation, urging our professionalism and our competencies to the forefront. We promote academic excellence by fostering a team-based scientific environment building on the passion, talent and skills of our international and cross-disciplinary staff.

DTU Nanotech has around 215 people on its staff of which 80 are PhD students and with 40 % international employees, the department constitutes an international environment. At DTU Nanotech, we exploit sciences across the traditional boundaries of technology enabling innovative solutions for the benefit of society. Micro- and nanotechnology is applied within the biomedical, life sciences, environment, energy, security, and sensing areas.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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