PhD position in physics: Surface Characterization of Semiconductor Nanostructures.

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PhD position in physics: Surface Characterization of Semiconductor Nanostructures.

Lund University, in the south of Sweden, was founded in 1666 and is regularly ranked as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions. The Department of Physics is with a staff of about 350 scientists and educators one of the largest departments within Lund University. The research activities at the department cover a broad spectrum of modern physics. The PhD position will be placed at the Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, where the main research focus is on experimental studies of electronic, structural, and chemical properties of materials, especially nanostructures. At the division we use and develop a wide range of synchrotron and lab based techniques, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy/imaging and X-ray diffraction/imaging. We also host Sweden's largest facility for scanning tunneling microscopy.

The project:
The aim of this project is to study technologically relevant semiconductor nanostructures and to obtain an as complete understanding of their surfaces as possible. This includes structural, electronic, and chemical information at the atomic scale, obtained even during device operation or surface modification. Nanowires intended for application in photovoltaics or electronics will be in the centre of investigation, but other nanostructure surfaces will be studied as well.
In the project, the PhD candidate is expected to use existing equipment and develop novel approaches to explore nanostructure surfaces and devices, even under operational conditions or during surface functionalization. This will mainly include scanning probe microscopy – both scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) – but also complementary experimental techniques such as photoemission spectroscopy and other synchrotron X-ray based methods.

Experimental facilities:
The research group has access to three dedicated AFM setups and to five fully functioning ultrahigh vacuum STM/AFM systems, including a newly acquired low-temperature STM/AFM for measurements at 10K. In addition, experiments will be performed at the MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, the world’s most brilliant synchrotron facility, as well as at other international synchrotron and scanning probe facilities. Finally, experiments will include the use of a variety of other widely used nanoscience characterization and fabrication techniques.

This work will be embedded in the NanoLund Center for Nanoscience, a world-leading research center that involves more than 250 scientists from various disciplines working within nanoscience and nanotechnology.
The work will be performed in collaboration with several other researchers at the department. The main task for the doctoral student will be to conduct research education, which includes work with research, but also to master graduate courses. Participation in several PhD schools (e.g. on nanoscience or advanced microscopy) is offered.

Further information:
For more information, see: www.sljus.lu.se, www.nano.lu.se, www.maxiv.lu.se, or contact Rainer Timm, Associate Professor (+46 46 2228294, rainer.timm@sljus.lu.se).

The full description of the position, including entry requirements and assessment criteria, can be found at: https://lu.mynetworkglobal.com/en/what:job/jobID:267095/

Please apply online until the 9th of June using the link above, only online applications can be considered.

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