H2020 – FETOpen-funded PhD position on “Area-selective atomic layer deposition of ZnO piezoelectric...

Graz University of Technology - Graz, ST

A PhD student position is opened on the FET-Open (Future and Emerging Technologies) project “Functional & Dynamic 3D Nano- MicroDevices by Direct Multi-Photon Lithography”. The project aims at the development of a multifunctional platform integrating graded structural, patternable, conductive, and stimuli-responsive materials with sub-micrometer resolution.


The goal of the PhD thesis will be to obtain local piezoelectric transduction with ZnO layers deposited by area-selective atomic layer deposition (ALD). Normally, vapor-based deposition techniques enable the deposition over the entire substrate area. In this case, though, the possibility of obtaining high-resolution ZnO patterns (1–40 mm feature sizes) will be explored by creating areas with differential ZnO growth rate. Together with the piezoelectric transduction, the materials will be tested for crystalline aggregation and optoelectronic properties.

The position is fully funded for three years, with the possibility of an extension.


Additional Information Selection process

Selection procedure: The deadline for the application is July 30th. Please send a CV, with two references, a record of the Master exams with relative grade and a motivation letter to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anna Maria Coclite at the address [email protected] The candidates will be notified of the acceptance of their candidature and if shortlisted a time and date for the interview will be fixed. During the interview, the candidates will be asked to give a short presentation of their Master thesis to the research group they will work in, with a following short discussion.

Requirements Offer Requirements
  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL Physics: Master Degree or equivalent Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent
Skills/Qualifications

Experience in the field of thin film deposition on surfaces and their structural characterization. Knowledge of the area of the physics of soft matter and surface science. Communication skills.

Specific Requirements

Highly qualified applicants from all over the world are invited to apply. All applicants must hold a Master Degree (or get it within the Starting date) or equivalent academic degree in the fields of Physics, Chemistry or Material Science. All applicants should have excellent academic track records and demonstrate strong enthusiasm and talent for research. Fluent English is a must.

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