The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the physical and chemical properties that arise from the behaviour of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence distinction two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 18 Research Groups, seven Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and two Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Job Title: Postdoctoral Researcher
Research area or group: Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group
Description of Group/Project:
The Phononic and Photonic Nanostructure Group (https://www.icn2-p2n.eu/ ) carries out research in the general area of nanophononics, which includes nanoscale thermal transport, phononic crystals, thermoelectricity, acousto-metamaterials and topological bosonics.
The group is 14-strong and additionally involves several undergraduate project and visiting students.
The group participates in several European projects and has acquired national and regional research funding for phononics. The position is part of the team being assembled funded by the European Research Council Advanced Grant "Lossless information for emerging information technologies".
Main Tasks and responsibilities:
The tasks associated with the position are mainly experimental research with a contribution to simulation work. The job holder will be responsible for research on phonon-phonon scattering, spatial phonon signal modulation and pump-and-probe methods of detection of standard and topological phonons. S/He will contribute to experimental work on topological phonon waveguides and to the simulation efforts of anharmonic phonon processes. An important aspect is the collaboration with the theory group of the University of Lille on the design of topological waveguides for phonons and the postdoctoral researcher will be expected to contribute to the supervision of the joint U. Lille-ICN2 PhD student. Likewise, interaction with the team at the Technical Research Centre of Finland - VTT, will be crucial for sample design and fabrication and the job holder will actively participate in sample design. Research planning, experimental method development, carrying out of planned and new experiments, analysis of data and publication of results are an integral part of the activities associated with the position. The P2N group has a dynamic research life and the job holder is expected to join in the group activities, including the journal club on topological matter and the ICN2-wide Physics@ICN2 seminar series. In the group s/he will share responsibility for equipment maintenance and upgrades as well as playing a full role in upholding IT services as well as safety regulations.
PhD in Physics
· Knowledge and professional experience
Postgraduate level research experience in: (i) experimental semiconductor nanophotonics and or nanophononics, (ii) pump-and-probe optical spectroscopy and (iii) phonons in nanostructures.
Very good verbal and written communication skills, proficiency in English (spoken, written and reading comprehension), ability to marshal arguments and to develop research concepts and or methods, supervision of master students and or undergraduate students, basic university teaching experience, good organisational skills, ability to work in an international team and on one's own.
Summary of conditions:
· Full time work (37,5h/week)
· Contract Length: 3 years
· Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
· Support to the relocation expenses.
· Life Insurance.
Estimated Incorporation date: January 2021
How to apply:
All applications must be made via the ICN2 web page (insert URL) and include the following:
· Motivation letter
· Curriculum Vitae
· List of Publications
· The title and abstract of the PhD thesis of the applicant
· The names of three referees (name, position and contact details)
Deadline: 7th September 2020
ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.