Graphene is novel material with outstanding physical properties. In HTF-NIAGRA new products and processes related to passivating coatings, composites and conducting ink are developed in collaboration with Danish companies.
DTU Nanotech 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. DTU Nanotech relies heavily on the two state-of-the-art facilities, DTU Danchip (1300 m2 cleanroom) and DTU CEN – Center for Electron Nanoscopy. The graphene cluster at DTU Nanotech is rapidly growing with activities oriented towards basic and applied research, experimental, industrial and theoretical research alike. DTU hosts the Center of Excellence CNG (Center of Nanostructured Graphene) with 30+ researchers and students covering both fabrication, measurement and theory of graphene devices.
Responsibilities and tasks
DTU Nanotech wishes to employ:
A postdoctoral researcher for 2 years, to perform research in the field of abrasion and corrosion protection of realistic stainless steel surfaces (impure, three-dimensional/rough), to develop durable, stable, impermeable, corrosion-protective graphene-based coatings. An important part of the job is to develop realistic test strategies to validate coatings, and to optimize the coating process. Another is to gain a deeper understanding of the parameters that determine the performance in terms of corrosion resistance, adhesion and robustness. This work will be in close contact with other Danish academic and industrial partners, and the candidate will be a key person in maintaining a strong collaboration with these. The job involves supervision of at least 2 Ph.D. students, and requires experience with supervision or mentoring.
A PhD student for 3 years. The objective is to study and optimize growth of graphene, graphene-like and graphene-based coatings, including composition, preparation of catalyst metals and alloys, growth mechanisms (depending on growth conditions, source gases and catalyst materials) as well as investigation of coating integrity and protective function as depending on catalyst material, roughness and environmental conditions (pressure, temperature, wear, chemistry/harshness).
Candidates for the Postdoc position should have a PhD in engineering, physics or chemistry. Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:
- Scientific production and research potential at international level
- Graphene synthesis and characterisation using chemical vapour deposition
- Anticorrosive and anti-abrasive coatings: chemistry/physics
- Advanced laboratory and/or cleanroom work
- Characterisation (AFM, Raman, polarization measurements, tribology/wear)
- Electrochemical methods for corrosion testing of coatings
- Supervision of students or project leadership
- Innovative skills and the ability to generate new ideas
- Excellent communication and language skills
- International research and collaborative project experience
Candidates for the 3-year PhD scholarship should have a master's degree in engineering, physics or chemistry, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:
- Graphene growth and process optimisation using chemical vapour deposition
- Experience with other carbon based coatings (i.e. DLC, composites) for protection of stainless steels
- Relevant graphene characterisation techniques (Raman spectroscopy, SEM, AFM)
- Electrochemistry including common corrosion testing techniques
- Electroplating and/or other deposition techniques
- Tribocorrosion / wear: prevention and testing
- Excellent communication and language skills
The scholarships for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.
We offer (Postdoc and PhD)
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, public-sector consultancy and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the world.
You will find yourself in the midst of state-of-the-art facilities and a quickly growing graphene activity, with strong experimental as well as theoretical competences. We are involved in several major national and international graphene projects, including the Graphene Flagship. The Nanocarbon group is a large, friendly and fairly new graphene-focused research group consisting of creative and busy researchers, with a positive and engaging work style.
Salary and terms of employment
Postdoc: The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.
PhD: The salary and appointment terms are consistent with the current rules for PhD degree students. The period of employment is 3 years.
Start date as soon as possible.
Please submit your online application no later than March 15, 2014. Apply online at www.career.dtu.dk.
Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.
In the field “Please indicate which position you are applying for” please indicate whether you are applying for position as Postdoctoral researcher or PhD.
The file must include:
- A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
- Curriculum vitae
- Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma (PhD)
- Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system - see guidelines and excel spreadsheet here (PhD)
- PhD diploma (Postdoc)
- List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline may not be read or considered.
All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.
Further information may be obtained from Professor Peter Bøggild, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (www.nanotech.dtu.dk, www.nanotech.dtu.dk/nanocarbon)
IMPORTANT: IF YOU SEND US AN E-MAIL: please put “GRAPHENE POSTDOC” or “GRAPHENE PhD” first in subject line, to be sure to get a timely answer, as we daily receive a large number of job requests. Please also note: applications have to be submitted online.
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