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EOI Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions:Electromechanical metasurfaces for wave generation and processing in the microwave-terahertz range

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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 Centre of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 19 research groups, 7 technical development and support units and facilities, and 2 research platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

This is a call for expressions of interest from excellent postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with ICN2 as host institution. Specifically, we are inviting expressions of interest for the following research group and project.

DESCRIPTION OF HOST RESEARCH GROUP

Host group: Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures

Group Leader: ICREA Prof. Clivia Sotomayor Torres

Project supervisor: Dr. Francesc Alzina, Senior Researcher

The Phononic and Photonic Nanostructures Group (P2N) at ICN2 (https://www.icn2-p2n.eu) is an international team performing research at the cross roads between nanotechnology and dispersion relation engineering. The P2N group with its group leader has contributed to setup a community on phononics in Europe promoting and participating in many initiatives and projects. These contributions span over the phonon spectrum from phonons in the hypersound to thermal phonons, studying the effects of size reduction, periodicity and disorder, for the manipulation and control of phonons and heat management. The P2N group has also been successful in merging its expertise in optical processes in nanostructures and phononic and photonic engineering to implement hybrid optomechanical systems. This research is anchored in pioneering nanofabrication performed in our group and by collaborators. Candidates will benefit of a strong support during all the grant application process and the experience gained from our considerable success with applications in former MSCA-IF calls.

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH PROJECT / TOPIC

Research area: Engineering (ENG), Physics (PHYS)

Project topic: Electromechanical metasurfaces for wave generation and processing in the microwave-terahertz range

Following our central work on confined elastic waves in ultra-thin membranes or Lamb waves, we have studied two-dimensional (2D) phononic crystal (PnC) silicon membranes by combining different strategies, such us periodic modulation of the elastic constants, and local resonances, in order to change the dispersion of acoustic phonons. We have shown direct experimental evidence of the modification of the dispersion of GHz phonons propagating in the considered PnCs [1].

The candidate will work in a novel approach where the coupling of microwave-terahertz electromagnetic waves and mechanical modes should lay the foundations of new generation and processing capabilities in this spectral range.

We are seeking candidates interested in a joint proposal related to Electro-mechanical systems design, fabrication and characterization. Applicants should have strong background in nanofabrication techniques, electrical engineering or similar.

We also welcome proposal related to theoretical modelling and simulations. Applicants should have a strong background in at least one of the following areas: solid state physics and classical mechanics.

[1] 2D Phononic Crystals: Progress and Prospects in Hypersound and Thermal Transport Engineering, Marianna Sledzinska  Bartlomiej Graczykowski  Jeremie Maire  Emigdio Chavez‐Angel  Clivia M. Sotomayor‐Torres  and Francesc Alzina, Adv. Funct. Mater. 1904434 (2019).

CONTACT

Candidates may contact Dr. Francesc Alzina at francesc.alzina@icn2.cat if interested in this opportunity.

Please send the following documents / information:

  • CV (max. 4 pages)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two referees
  • Abstracts of your MSc dissertation and PhD thesis, and a link to PhD thesis if available

Please note that this is not a job offer. The process involves developing a joint application between candidate and host institution. Note also the following basic eligibility requirements established for these fellowships by the European Commission:

  • Candidates must be in possession of their PhD at call deadline
  • Candidates should have no more than 8 years' research experience after their PhD
  • Candidates must comply with the mobility rule, i.e. they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

For full details on eligibility, please see Annex 2 of Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 when published. Temporary resource: Annex 2 draft.