Predoctoral Researcher - Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices


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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 newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behavior of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 18 Research Groups, 7 Technical Development and Support Units and Facilities, and 2 Research Platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Title: Predoctoral Researcher

Research area or group: Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices

Description of Group/Project:

Advanced Electronic Materials and Devices Group focuses on the material sciences and technology aspects of novel electronic materials, with a strong emphasis on graphene as well as other 2D materials (MoS2). The group also works towards the development of technological applications based on these materials such as electronics, bioelectronics and biosensing, neural interfaces, etc.
The activities cut across different scientific aspects, from the fundamentals (the physics of devices and semiconductors) to materials (growth of graphene and 2D materials by CVD, surface functionalisation, advanced characterisation), through to devices (fabrication technology, nanofabrication) and applications (biosensors, neural implants and biomedical technologies, energy storage and conversion).

Main Tasks and responsibilities:

The researcher main role will be in the development of multifunctional devices for electrical and chemical recording. The researcher will receive expert training in graphene electronics technology for neural interfacing, thin-film technology and nanofabrication, growth and characterization techniques and neural data analysis.
The PhD researcher will specialize in multiple facets of neural interfaces development and validation. Specifically, the researcher will focus on (1) design and development of 2D materials based technology, (2) technology integration towards multifunctional probes (3) the validation of the technologies using in vitro and in vivo methodologies.


· Education: Master in Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, or equivalent degrees

· Knowledge and Experience:
Experience in electronics and electrochemistry
Experience with micro/nanofabrication and characterization tools (AFM, TEM, SEM, etc.)
Experience with neural interfaces
Experience in programming (LabView, Python, C++, Matlab)
Fluent English both spoken and written

· Competences: Teamwork skills

Summary of conditions:

· Full time work (37,5h/week)
· Contract Length: Predoctoral Contract (Máx. 4 years)
· Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)
· Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
· Support to the relocation issues.
· Life Insurance.
Estimated Incorporation date: November 2020

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.
Deadline for applications: 14th November
Applications will be continuously reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

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

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