Job offer

Institute of Materials Science of Seville (ICMSE, CSIC)

The Nanotechnology on Surfaces and Plasma group from the Institute of Materials Science of
Seville is offering a Ph.D. student position within the FET-Open project “SOUNDofICE”
The objective of the SOUNDofICE project is to develop a smart, energy-efficient, environmentally
safe and autonomously operated de-icing procedure based on surface acoustic transducers
integrated over large area substrates. This will be achieved through the surface microengineering of
systems capable of exciting acoustic waves onto a variety of materials and that may incorporate
anti-icing layers and SAW sensors, allowing operation according to predefined feedback algorithms.
The final use of this technology will be to protect aircraft wings, aerogenerator blades and solar cell
surfaces from ice at adverse weather conditions.

We require:
• A Degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or related discipline.
• A Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or related discipline.
• A good academic record.
• Good communication skills in English.

We offer:
• A 3-year contract culminating in a Ph.D. degree.
• International environment.
• Access to a wide network of national and international collaborators.
• A constantly learning environment with participation in conferences, workshops, and
international training events.
• Flexible working hours.

Your tasks will be:
• The fabrication of anti-icing surfaces using state-of-the-art nanotechnology methods.
• The characterization and test of those surfaces by advanced methods.
• The development of proof-of-concept and prototypes of this technology.

If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact with you

If you are interested, please send to , in either English or Spanish:
• A short motivation letter.
• A full CV.
• A copy of your academic records.

Deadline: 15th September 2021


The Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology (IMN, CSIC)

The Institute of Micro and Nanotechnology (IMN, CSIC) is an applied research institute with ~25 research staff and ~ 50 postdocs and PhDs integrated in the Excellence Campus CSIC-UAM. It combines the best from university and research institutions to conduct research in different areas of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at the intersection of Physics, Biology and Material Science.

If you are an excellent, open-minded and team-spirited R&D Engineer or Physicist willing to contribute to the Second Quantum Revolution, we invite you to apply before 23 May 2021 to the position open for:

Growth of epitaxial III-V semiconductor wafers for integrated quantum photonic devices.

Main Tasks and responsibilities: 

The maintenance and operation of ultra-high vacuum III – V Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) reactors, Atomic Force Microscopes and X Ray diffractometers for fabrication and analysis of semiconductor epitaxial wafers. The applicant will participate in related daily maintenance and operation of fabrication and analysis equipment under the direct supervision of the MBE epitaxy laboratory head.


  • Education: A BSc/technical engineering degree (mandatory), or Master degree (desirable) in material science, physics, nanotechnology, or equivalent.
  • Experience: Ideally, the successful applicant has two years-work-experience in an R&D environment using physical deposition techniques such as MBE, reactive sputtering, PECVD, etc. Experience in processing and structural/morphological characterization of semiconductors and software automation of scientific equipment will be positively considered.

Job Conditions:

  • 1 year duration starting on June/July 2021 (extendable according to funding and performance)
  • 37.5 working hours/week
  • Annual Gross Salary: 24 200 €

Selection process:

Send your updated CV and motivation letter to Cecilia Cotero at before the deadline. Please indicate the job reference QTEP-MBEQNFO1 and your name as the subject of the email

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Technical Sales Engineer (SE_MAD02_21)

We are hiring a Technical Sales Engineer specialising in UHV technology and vacuum deposition. This is a full-time, permanent position with flexible working hours and, after training, home office working. This role offers the candidate the opportunity to work directly with leaders in a wide range of high-tech industries. You will have the chance to drive significant growth for the company and the role offers the opportunity for significant commission. You will join a company with a flexible and agile working culture which supports work-life balance. You will have the chance to work autonomously and independently with the opportunity to take part in key company decisions and help define your own career development. Further responsibilities include:

– Identify opportunities for growth and lead the execution of partnerships with new clients.
– Take a consultative approach to sales, offering a strategic perspective and knowledge expertise.
– Help to define the strategy for growth and be involved in key company decisions.
– Engage and maintain close relationships with existing clients to ensure customer satisfaction and revenue
– Represent the company at trade shows and other in-person events.

The ideal candidate will be an ambitious individual with a keen interest in keeping up-to-date with the most exciting and state-of-the-art vacuum technologies. Further requirements include:

– A proactive and autonomous mindset.
– Valid driving license.
– Strong written English skills.

Avactec will provide the necessary training for success and access to cutting-edge resources.

This role comes with the opportunity to generate large growth in a flexible, agile working environment. You will gain exposure to exciting clients in industry, academia, and leading suppliers across the globe. You will also get the chance to shape this role based on your own experience, strengths, and career vision.

If interested in applying for this position, please send your CV to with SE_MAD02_21 in the subject line.


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