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PhD position on “Sliding friction in liquid environments”

Understanding the influence of the surrounding environment on the sliding friction between two solid surfaces in liquids is of utmost importance for applications to MEMS/NEMS or colloidal systems as well as to shed light on the dynamics of formation and rupture of single contact junctions. In this project we aim to perform an experimental investigation of the mechanical properties of contacts formed by sharp silicon tips on solid surfaces with different degrees of complexity using friction force microscopy. The sample surfaces will be exposed to electrolyte aqueous solutions and to polar and nonpolar solvents with varying viscosities. The different interaction potentials will be quantitatively reconstructed from the time variations of the friction forces acting on the tip with original numerical techniques. The results so obtained will be compared to complementary information obtained with dynamic AFM modes.

At the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy in the Friedrich Schiller University and in collaboration with the group of Dr. Ronen Berkovich (Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel).

Postdoc positions available in:

  1. Design of 1D nanoarchitectures for energy harvesting
  2. Synthesis and reactor/vacuum systems design
  3. Postdoc position in modelling of energy harvesting systems

Postdoctoral positions available at the Materials Science Institute of Seville at the Nanotechnology on Surfaces and Plasma group to start in September 2020 (negotiable).

We are looking for motivated candidates with a PhD in Material Sciences, Physics or Chemistry, with background on device assembly based on low-dimensional materials. The ideal candidate will be somebody with expertise in nanowires, core@shell and core@multishell nanoarchitectures for energy harvesting and its characterization.

The research will be part of the “3DSCavengers” project, a recently awarded ERC Starting Grant devoted to the “Three-dimensional nanoscale design for the all-in-one solution to environmental multisource energy scavenging” (IP Ana Borrás Researcher ID 24576439600).

If interested submit a single pdf document to containing: cover letter (1 page)/ CV (2 pages)/ 3 references (no letters at this point). Deadline May 2020.



Materials Physics Center (CFM, CSIC-UPV/EHU) in Donostia-San Sebastián, (the Basque Country, Spain) is currently seeking for bright, highly motivated PhD candidates who are willing to work in an intellectually stimulating environment to develop cutting-edge training and research on Materials Science, exploring physical and chemical properties of advanced materials, nanostructures and nanodevices, either theoretically or experimentally. They will have access to the most advanced techniques in the field and develop industry-transferable skills.

Approximately 25 applicants will be shortlisted and invited for a 2-days visit to CFM in May, with their travel and accommodation expenses fully covered. Personal interviews will be held and the candidates will have the opportunity to discuss the research projects.
From the interviews, 7 candidates will be selected and granted full studentships.

CFM is focused in the following research areas:

See the document with the official call for specific research projects.

Epitaxial boron nitride on epigraphene for nanoelectronics

Graphene has been praised as a new electronic material; but if it is to be used for high-performance nanoelectronics, not only new device processing are required to preserve graphene in its pristine state but also a new electronic paradigm is needed to take full advantage of graphene unique properties.

This project focuses on the development of graphene/boron nitride (BN) epitaxial hetero-structures to realize ultra-thin body tunnel field effect transistors (UB-TFETs), based on epitaxial graphene nanoribbons on SiC (EG). With a structure isomorph to that of graphene, hexagonal BN is considered the best interface dielectric for graphene and we have recently demonstrated high quality epitaxial growth of BN on EG by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy [1]. EG nanoribbons have exceptional transport properties characterized by a quantized ballistic conductance even at room temperature [2]. These structures will be used to study fundamental questions related to the graphene ground state at charge neutrality, that has so far remained elusive, and, ultimately, to enable a new generation of devices.

This project combines the expertise of the hosting group, with 18 years experience in developing graphene for electronics, the nitride research team at UMI – Metz, the 2D material microscopy experts at ONERA – Paris and the graphene surface group at CNRS/ Institut Néel in Grenoble.

[1] Boron nitride/epigraphene Van der Waals films on silicon carbide by lateral epitaxial deposition, J. Gigliotti, X. Li, S. Sundaram, D. Deniz, J.-P. Turmaud, V. Prudkovskiy, Y. Hu, Y. Hu, F. Fossard, J.-S. Mérot, A. Loiseau, G. Patriarche, B. Yoon, U Landman, A. Ougazzaden, C. Berger, W. A de Heer (under review in Nature Comm).
[2] Exceptional ballistic transport in epitaxial graphene nanoribbons, J. Baringhaus, M. Ruan, F. Edler, A. Tejeda, M. Sicot, A. Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.P. Li, Z.G. Jiang, E.H. Conrad, C. Berger, C. Tegenkamp, W.A. de Heer, Nature 506, 349-354 (2014).

Keywords: Two-dimensional materials, graphene, boron nitride, epitaxial growth, nanoelectronics, tunnel field effect transistors, ballistic transport, coherent transport.

Candidate profile: PhD degree. Experimentalist with a solid background in condensed matter physics or material science, experienced in electronic transport measurements preferably in mesoscopic physics, with prior experience in device fabrication techniques, or in material surface characterization/deposition techniques.

Starting date: the position is available immediately. Funding available for 2 years

Primary location: Unité Mixte Internationale GT-CNRS Metz, France, with visits to GT-Atlanta, USA and to the partner groups in Paris and Grenoble.

More information and application:
Claire Berger <>; <>

Researcher in laser based ARPES

As responsible for the daily activities in the BALTAZAR laboratory you will conduct research using our state of the art laser based ARPES system for high resolution and time-resolved ARPES. The system has recently been upgraded to provide photon energies up to 30 eV with ~20 meV resolution and time resolution to below 100 fs which enables unique research capabilities. Apart from your own research you will also assist Postdocs, Ph.D. students and visiting scientists with their experiments. 

Ponergrants from the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation

The scholarship fund of the Society of Vacuum Coaters Foundation is entering its 16th year. Since inception, we have issued scholarships and travel awards totaling over $280,000 to students from 22 countries around the world. We continue to seek qualified and worthy students and ask for your assistance in finding great applicants. In addition, we have a new “Technical” scholarship that launched in 2018 to further the education of those already working in the vacuum coating industry.

The SVC Foundation will award several scholarships ranging from $2500 to $5000 in early 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship is open to any student currently enrolled or entering an accredited academic program related to the vacuum coating technology field; including chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, physics and related subjects. Preference is given to students who are expressly interested in vacuum coating technology and currently engaged in studies and research relating to vacuum coatings. Please pass this information on to exceptional students. SVC members whose children or relatives are pursuing studies related to vacuum science are encouraged to apply.

This new scholarship introduced in 2018 is offered to those already working in the field of vacuum coating technology. It is intended to help further the education of technical staff by providing financial support for the many educational opportunities the SVC offers. It may cover the cost of books, on-line classes, or even travel and tuition for educational classes at the 2019 SVC TECHCON in Long Beach, California (April 27-May 2). Please forward this information to your colleagues that could benefit from additional education in their field.

Deadline for applications is December 3. Applications and additional information are available online at the SVC Foundation website:

Thanks for your help in getting the word out about this important scholarship.

Convocatoria de contrato para realizar tesis doctoral industrial en la Universidad de Cádiz

El grupo de investigación INNANOMAT (TEP-946, Materiales y nanotecnología para la innovación) de la Universidad de Cádiz, busca candidato/a para realizar tesis doctoral industrial dentro de la línea de trabajo “Desarrollo de materiales funcionales avanzados y nuevos procesos de fabricación para su aplicación en el sector naval 4.0”.

  • Perfil: Interés en trabajar en proyectos de I+D relacionados con la fabricación aditiva (i.e. impresión 3D) en un entorno de clara orientación industrial.
  • Formación: Grado en Ciencias (Físicas, Químicas) o Ingeniería (Industrial, Mecánica, Materiales, Diseño) con conocimientos de síntesis, caracterización y/o simulación de materiales.
  • Experiencia: No requerida. Se valorará estancias anteriores en grupos de investigación durante los años de estudio.
  • Inglés: Fluido.
  • Movilidad: Puntual. Asistencia a congresos y estancias nacionales y/o internacionales.
  • Centro de trabajo: Facultad de Ciencias, Campus Puerto Real, Cádiz. Estancias puntuales en la empresa colaboradora con el proyecto. Aquellos candidatos interesados pueden enviar su CV al Dr. Ramón Escobar Galindo

On-surface synthesis with scanning probe microscopies and photoemission spectroscopy

1 postdoc and 1 PhD position to work on the synthesis and subsequent characterization of new molecular materials on surfaces. The main experimental techniques to be used will be scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and photoemission spectroscopy.

1 Postdoc and 1 PhD position