PhD Student - Oxide Nanophysics group / Nanomaterials Growth Unit


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Job Title: PhD Student

Research area or group: Oxide Nanophysics group / Nanomaterials Growth Unit

Description of Group/Project:

A PhD Position is available at the Oxide NanoPhysics Group in collaboration with the Nanomaterials Growth Unit led by ICREA Prof. Gustau Catalan and CSIC Researcher Dr. José Santiso, respectively, at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2, Barcelona). This project will be ascribed to National Project FOxMe (Functional Oxide single crystal Membranes), funded by the Ministry of Education.

The project builds on the expertise of the two groups on the physics of complex oxides (in particular ferroelectricity, domain walls and flexoelectricity), and the synthesis and structural characterization of oxide thin films (with emphasis on pulsed laser deposition and x-ray diffraction). Our combined facilities allow the growth of atomically-flat ultra-thin films and the measurement of their physical properties as a function of temperature and electric/magnetic fields at the nanoscale.

Project FOxMe builds on our joint capabilities with the aim of making self-supported membranes of ultrathin single crystal functional oxides and heterostructures and explore their physics. The project will study emerging fundamental properties, based on the combination of oxides' exciting functional properties (e.g. ferroelectricity, metal-insulator transitions, superconductivity) with the 2D physics and structural flexibility of ultra-thin membranes. We also aim to implement oxide membranes into flexible devices for electronic technologies, and in particular MEMS devices.

The student's research will focus on the fabrication and characterization of ultrathin functional oxide membranes using state-of-the-art thin film deposition and microfabrication techniques. The student will investigate the mechanical characteristics and its impact in functional properties such as ferro- and flexo-electricity in various nanoscale self-supported devices. In addition to revealing novel fundamental physical phenomena, these studies are expected to have broad impact in thin film technology.


  • Education

BSc in Physics or related field is essential. The applicant must also have an MSc and/or be about to get one before August 2021.

  • Knowledge and professional experience

The post requires knowledge of materials science and solid state physics. Knowledge of the physics of transition metal oxide materials and thin film deposition techniques is desirable. In any case, our group prides itself on providing excellent education in these areas.

The successful candidate should be intellectually independent and rigorous (i.e. a good thinker) and possess good communication skills.

English is the working language of ICN2; a good level of English is mandatory.

We are fully committed to providing an equal opportunity work environment. We welcome applications from all genders and communities, and from any country.

Summary of conditions:

  • Full time work (37,5h/week)
  • Contract Length: 3 years
  • Support to relocation.
  • Life Insurance.

How to apply:

All applications must be made via the ICN2 website  and include the following:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A full CV including contact details.
  3. 2 Reference letters or referee contacts.

For further enquiries, you may contact or


Due to bureaucratic rules imposed by the Spanish administration, we only have two weeks to fill this post. Applicants should send their application before Sunday 18th of October, 2020.

The selected candidate's application will then be submitted for approval by the Spanish ministry of education, which will approve the grant in the first half of 2021.

The successful applicant will start working before September 2021.

Equal opportunities:

ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities.

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