Postdoc within van der Waals Heterostructure Membrane Separation Technologies

onsdag 06 okt 21

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Frist 1. november 2021
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DTU wish to employ a post-doctoral researcher for 24 months to carry out research in the potential of nanoporous van der Waals heterostructures based on 2D materials layers for the separation of fluid mixtures, in a project funded by the innovative Villum Foundation ‘Experiment’ programme.

You will learn and apply techniques for the assembly of heterostructure systems, for use as membranes for future fluid separation technologies. You will be familiar with and develop a novel variety of 2D materials patterning techniques in order to produce nanoscale to microscale pores through these membranes, perforating the structure and actively controlling the selective transport of fluid components through these pores through the application of electrical potentials to different layers within the heterostructure.

As part of the Applied 2D Materials team of the Nanomaterials and Device Section at DTU Physics, you will enjoy a strong collaborative environment where you will be supported by and support the work of your colleagues in the group, in the section, at the Department and across our collaborative projects including the Danish National Research Foundation-funded Center for Nanostructured Graphene. You will be based at our newly renovated integrated experimental facilities, which includes custom designed spaces for the synthesis, characterisation, handling and development of 2D materials technologies. Your co-workers have a diverse range of backgrounds and skills, which we use to our advantage in our work. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of some of the world-leading facilities available at our partner department DTU Nanolab, which hosts both the 1500m2 Danish National cleanroom facility, and the Mærsk McKinsey Møller funded Center for Electron Nanoscopy. Strong collaborations with a number of international research groups will strengthen your academic network and provide future opportunities for growth for you.

Required qualifications

  • You must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in Physics, Chemistry or another closely related field.
  • PhD or postdoctoral working experience with cleanroom-based microfabrication techniques as applied to 2D materials is required.
  • A working knowledge of low noise / very high impedance / small signal measurement techniques and the electronic design of experimental set-ups for such measurements is needed

Relevant qualifications

  • Basic experience with transmission electron microscopy will be beneficial, in addition to the typical characterisation techniques of Raman spectroscopy, AFM, SEM.
  • Experience with van der Waals heterostructure assembly techniques is beneficial.
  • Experience with electrochemical measurements including three electrode systems and a working knowledge of electrochemical phenomena including electrowetting and the electric double layer and/or microfluidics such as digital microfluidic systems will be beneficial.

General qualifications

  • You have demonstrated scientific output at an international level through the publication of peer-reviewed articles.
  • You are self-motivated and driven by overcoming experimental challenges.
  • You have broad scientific interests and background, with knowledge of multiple disciplines that you can bring to bear when solving problems.
  • Your English language skills allow you both to work effectively as a team member and communicate your research clearly and effectively to an international audience.
  • You are able to balance your efforts between the shared goals of the team and the goals of your own research program.
  • You have an interest in both the academic and the commercial applications of your experimental results.

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 academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
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 24 months.

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Further information

May be obtained from Associate Professor Tim Booth, Please put “IonGate” in subject. 

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than midnight 1 November 2021 (Danish 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 out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

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

DTU Physics conducts cross-disciplinary research where micro- and nanotechnology is applied to a wide range of scientific disciplines (electronics, mechanics, chemistry, optics, fluidics, medical and biotechnology) as well as applications. The Nanoscale Materials and Devices section (NANOMADE) at DTU Physics is focused on basic and applied research, and with strong international collaborations. At the Applied 2D Materials group, led by Tim Booth, we leverage the competencies we have developed in the isolation, growth and characterisation of 2D materials to produce new systems for a wide variety of potential electronic, optical, energy and biomedical applications with previously impossible functionalities and performance. To achieve these goals we collaborate closely with colleagues in the Danish National Research Foundation Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Graphene, the Department of Physics, the DTU Nanolab Electron Nanoscopy and Fabrication facilities and our international collaborators.

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