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PostDoc on "Interface Engineering of Functional Oxide Nanostructures" 100%

Empa - the place where innovation starts

Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.

Our Laboratory for Joining Technologies & Corrosion is seeking a

PostDoc on “Interface Engineering of Functional Oxide Nanostructures”
Jolanda Müller
Human Resources
Überlandstrasse 129
8600 Dübendorf

You are a principle researcher on the size- and interface-controlled phase stability, defect structure and electronic properties of functional hetero-oxide nanostructures, as prepared from their metallic counterparts by different non-equilibrium and near-equilibrium oxidation methods. The research is integrated within the COST Action MP1407 “Electrochemical processing methodologies and corrosion protection for device and systems miniaturization Materials, Physics and Nanosciences”, which provides a unique international and multidisciplinary networking platform of scientific excellence.

Your Tasks

  • Fabrication of single- and multi-phase oxide nanostructures by controlled anodization and thermal oxidation of Ti and W thin films, W/Ti bilayers and Ti/W nanomultilayered templates, prepared by physical vapour deposition techniques.

  • Determination of the microstructure-property relationships of fabricated hetero-oxide nanostructures by application of a broad range of analytical techniques (e.g. XRD, XPS, AFM, AES, HR-SEM, HR-TEM, DSC, AFM, EIS; in close-collaboration with other lab experts)

  • Cutting-edge experimental investigations of the phase stability, defect structure and electronic properties of fabricated single- and multi-phase oxide nanostructures as a function of e.g. the bilayer thickness, the growth conditions and the environmental operating conditions  (e.g. humidity, water, aggressive surface contaminants), while accounting for the crucial roles of the internal interfaces

  • Active participation in other running research projects with academia and industry in the field of functional oxides

Your Profile

  • PhD degree in Materials Science, Experimental Physics or Physical Chemistry with a strong research record on functional oxides and/or nanostructured materials

  • Expert scientific know-how on oxide nucleation and growth

  • Well-developed experimental skills in the microstructural characterization of nanostructured materials and/or the (electronic) properties of functional oxides (by e.g. SEM, AFM, XRD, XPS, EIS, TEM)

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in highly-interdisciplinary research teams

  • Excellent knowledge of English (oral and written) is mandatory; knowledge of German would be an Advantage

You complement our highly multidisciplinary research team of material scientists, chemists, physicists, metallurgists and mechanical engineers to
drive innovations in functional oxide materials in close-collaboration with our trusted partners from industry and academia.

The position is available from January 2017 or upon agreement with initial contract duration of 2 years (with a possibility for extension up to 5 years).

Additional information can be obtained from 
Dr. Claudia Cancellieri, claudia.cancellieri@empa.ch.

Please submit your application online only and include a short motivation letter, CV, publication list, certificates and at least two reference letters. Pleaseupload all documents ("pdf"-file is recommended) through this webpage. Any other way of applying will not be considered.
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