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EOI Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Postdoctoral Researcher - Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy

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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.

Please note that this is not a job offer. 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. The process involves developing a joint application between candidate and host institution. Specifically, we are inviting expressions of interest for the following research group and project.

DESCRIPTION OF HOST RESEARCH GROUP

Host group: Atomic Manipulation and Spectroscopy

Group Leader: Aitor Mugarza
Fellowship supervisor: Aitor Mugarza

The research interests of the AMS group focus on the atomic-scale engineering of the quantum properties of novel nanomaterials. At the nanoscale, the properties of materials are dominated by quantum effects and interfacial phenomena, which impose strong limitations on the control and reproducibility of device performances, but also open up avenues for engineering new physical properties. The aim of our group is to understand and control quantum phenomena with atomic precision by chemical and structural manipulation, nanostructuring and interfacing materials that are identified as strategic in the roadmap for new technologies (hybrid metal-organic heterostructures, graphene-based 2D materials, topological insulators...).

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH PROJECT / TOPIC

Research area: Physics (PHY), Chemistry (CHE)

Project topic: Engineering emerging functionalities in novel 2D graphene-based nanoarhitectures

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position in experimental physics to study emerging functionalities in novel 2D graphene-based nanoarhitectures. The on-surface synthesis method our group recently demonstrated (C. Moreno et al., Science 360, 199 (2018)), recently extended for the synthesis of lateral heterostructures (M. Tenorio et al., Adv. Mater. 34, 2110099 (2022)) will be employed to explore the synthesis of hybrid lateral heterostructures combining graphene components with non-graphenoid molecular components of different functionalities.

The candidate will synthesize the hybrid graphene nanomaterials in ultra-high vacuum conditions and characterized them by combining scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM/STS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The optical and transport properties will be tested in three-terminal devices that will be fabricated by transferring the nanomaterials onto dielectric substrates.

CONTACT

Candidates may contact aitor.mugarza@icn2.cat if interested in this opportunity.

Please send the following documents / information:

  • CV (max. 4 pages)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two referees

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.