8 PhD positions in Mathematics, Natural Sciences Germany 2015

SAWtrain is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) offering joint research training at the PhD level. The aim is to investigate the physics and applications of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) in semiconductor structures and related materials. The network puts together leading groups from Europe, Asia, and North America working on SAWs including universities, research institutions, companies, and non-academic players.

Early stage researchers (ESRs) within their first four years of research career are invited to send their applications. Please note that MSCA encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility, this usually implies a change of residence for the applicants. More information about the ESR projects and the network, including advice how to apply, can be found at www.sawtrain.eu

SAWs are mechanical vibrations travelling along the surface of a material, which resemble micro earthquakes on the surface of a chip. SAWtrain aims at the investigation of SAWs in semiconductor structures as well as their exploitation for novel device functionalities.The network will offer an interdisciplinary structured PhD programme on SAW-related phononics, photonics, and electronics. The PhD programme will rely on internships at different academic and non-academic hosts to cover state-of-the-art research in the interdisciplinary areas of basic physics, materials, technology, and device concepts related to SAWs. Research training will be complemented by training in transferable skills such as communication, entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights, as well as dissemination and exploitation issues. The network will encourage innovation by strengthening the bridge between basic research training and applications via the knowledge-based industrial partners of the consortium. The synergy resulting from the complementary expertise of the SAWtrain members will promote research excellence and provide students with a superior PhD programme featuring outstanding training opportunities. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary character of the programme will enhance the career perspectives of the students in both the academic and non-academic sectors. Finally, the SAWtrain consortium aims at setting up the basis for a long-term technological platform for basic studies and applications of acoustic materials and devices, thereby establishing a new paradigm and consolidating the existing European leadership in the area.

The ESR projects

ESR1-PDI1 Acousto-electric modulation of few-layer epitaxial graphene, Paul-Drude-Institut, PDI Berlin

ESR2-PDI2 Gigahertz single-photon sources using coupled quantum wells and dots in microcavities, PDI Berlin (DE)

ESR3-UVEG1 High-Q one- and two-dimensional phononic cavities, Univ. of Valencia (UVEG,ES)

ESR5-TWENTE1 Ultrahigh-frequency silicon acousto-electronics, Univ. of Twente (NL)

ESR6-TWENTE2 Ultrahigh-frequency complex-oxide acousto-electronics, Univ. of Twente (NL)

ESR8-UAU1 Acoustophotocatalysis, Univ. of Augsburg (DE)

ESR10-UPM SAW-modulated graphene for plasmonics and electronics, Technical Univ. of Madrid (ES)

ESR13-UCAM2 Theory of electron transport and electron-to-photon qubit conversion, University of

Cambridge (GB)

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate, Prae Doc)

A 36-month contract as Marie-Curie Scholarship with very attractive salary, benefits, and mobility allowances (the financial support complies with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) guideline).


For specific requirements and details regarding the eligibility criteria, please consult the SAWtrain website. Please regard the Marie-Curie Mobility Rule: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.

Please visit our website www.sawtrain.eu, download the SAWtrain booklet, and send us your application by following the “how-to-apply-section” to hiring@sawtrain.eu

For specific questions you can contact us viainfo@sawtrain.eu

Incoming applications will be evaluated periodically with the first evaluation starting in November 2015. Therefore, to enhance your chances for success in this round, we recommend to send in your application the latest until October 31st 2015. Later applications will be considered in the next evaluation period. The ESR projects will be advertised until all positions are staffed.

We will regularly update the vacant and occupied positions at our website www.sawtrain.eu

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642688

Others : Please visit our website www.sawtrain.eu, download the SAWtrain booklet, and send us your application by following the “how-to-apply-section” to hiring@sawtrain.eu

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Closing Date: October 31st 2015