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PhD position on Atomic Layer Deposition

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THE ORGANIZATION

We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and give talented researchers scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

The IDS group belongs to the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science, whereas the XUV Optics group is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology. The IDS group studies electronic and electromechanical components. It develops new concepts for nanoscale materials, devices and systems using nano- and microfabrication techniques. One of the group’s research directions is making and analyzing (thin) films of new insulators, metals and semiconductors of few-nanometer thickness for possible application in integrated circuits. The XUV Optics group focuses on multilayer reflective optics based on complex, nanoscale layered systems. The group carries out advanced thin film research involving atomic scale physics and chemistry topics, and possesses key expertise in fabrication of multilayer EUV optics by various thin-film deposition techniques.

Both groups contribute to the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and have strong track records in knowledge transfers to the semiconductor industry. MESA+ is the largest research institute of the University of Twente. The institute trains graduate students and PhD-students and conducts research in the fields of nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science and microelectronics. Unique of MESA+ is its multidisciplinary composition.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

Job description

The Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS) and XUV Optics groups at the University of Twente have a vacancy for a Ph.D. student in the project “A thin-film physics toolbox for XUV optics” or in short “X-tools”. This project aims to investigate novel materials made by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) for applications in Extreme Ultra-Violet (EUV) optics. The investigations involve the use of ALD equipment, the in-depth study of thin films deposition processes and finally the film characterization. The challenge is to create new, competitive thin films of isolating nature for application in future EUV lithography.

The project is financed within the so-called “NWO Natuurkunde Industrial Partnership Programme”. You will carry out the research at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands with guidance from two supervisors (Dr. Alexey Kovalgin and Prof. Dr. Jurriaan Schmitz) as well as support from a senior engineer. Various teaching activities may take up to 20% of your time.

Your profile

  • You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher (F/M).
  • You have a MSc degree in electrical engineering, nanotechnology, inorganic chemistry, applied physics or a related topic, with excellent theoretical and experimental skills.
  • You have shown affinity with materials science.
  • You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment.
  • You are fluent in English.


INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Send your application before 30th of September, 2020, and include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, contact details of at least 2 referees, an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education and a TOEFL or IELTS score to verify sufficient mastering of the English language. An interview will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the position, please contact the IDS group secretary Mrs. Marthe Kampman at secr-ids-eemcs@utwente.nl.

Our offer

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO- NU).

  • Salary ranging from € 2.395,- gross at the start to € 3.061,- gross in the fourth year;
  • Excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% and a solid pension scheme;
  • A training program in which you and your supervisor will make up a plan for additional suitable education and supervision;
  • We encourage a high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff.
An assessment might be part of the selection procedure.

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) comprises three disciplines that shape Information and Communication Technology. ICT is more than communication. In almost every product we use mathematics, electronics and computer technology and ICT now contributes to all of societies' activities. The faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. The research which enjoys a high profile both at home and internationally, has been accommodated in the multidisciplinary research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

PhD position on Atomic Layer Deposition
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