Chemistry, Physics, Material science: PhD position 2695 views1 application

TU Vienna is looking for creative, enthusiastic, and highly motivated PhD students to join international research team. The offered phd positions are equivalent to a part-time university assistant (25 hours) for 4 years with a minimum salary of €1685.30 pre-tax, 14 times per year. TU Vienna is announcing 3 open PhD positions in the Division of Molecular Material Chemistry (MMC) to be filled starting early 2017.

The PhD applicants will be working within a multidisciplinary environment. The MMC division is dedicated equally to fundamental and applied research. Our interests involve the synthesis of functional inorganics, nanocarbons, hybrid nanostructures, and high-performance polymers, as well as the unraveling of reaction kinetics and transfer dynamics at surfaces and interfaces and the fabricating and testing of devices for medicinal, environmental and energy applications.

The PhD positions will be assigned to 1 of the 2 research areas:

“Design of 1D-2D nanomaterials and hybrids with atomistic control of interfaces and quantum effects for prototype applications in sensors, optoelectronics and (photo)catalysis”

This project involves synthesis of 1D/2D materials (chalcogenides, graphene, CNTs) and their rational assembly into nanocarbon-inorganic hybrid materials and 2D van der Waals heterostructures.

The project aims to

  • tailor optical, transport and catalytic properties of the 1D/2D materials and their heterostructures through defect-, band-gap- and interface engineering
  • develop a synthetic toolbox for designing 1D/2D materials with atomistic control over structure and dimension using atomic layer deposition and heteroexpitaxy
  • implement the new materials into prototype devices and evaluate their performance characteristics for photocatalysis, single-site catalysis, and (bio)sensors

“Ordered mesoporous functional inorganic materials via block-copolymer self-assembly and their application in medicinal, photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications” 

This project involves implementation of ordered mesoporosity into bioactive glasses and photocatalysts by means of soft and hard templating methods and evaluation of the pore order, size and architecture impact on their fundamental properties. The project includes three parts:

  • Synthesis of triblock-terpolymers with controlled sizes and functional centers
  • Unravelling structure-property relationships in photocatalytic/electrochemical applications
  • Synthesis of ordered mesoporous inorganic films and powders (e.g. transition metal oxides and nitrides, perovskites) with controlled pore architectures

The MMC group enjoys close collaborations with world-leading research groups in USA (Cornell University), UK (Oxford University), Spain (IMDEA, ICIQ), Russia (MSU) and Germany (Münster University, INM Saarbrücken). We also actively support student exchange programs between the groups. The TU Vienna provides an excellent research environment with several very well-equipped research centers (e.g. XRD facility, USTEM, Computational Materials Science, Center for Surface Analytics,etc.) as well as a cutting-edge training program with seminars, lectures and personal development courses that will be of benefit to the selected candidates.

Application requirements:

A Master university degree or Diploma in chemistry, physics or a related discipline. Additional knowledge related to the fields of two dimensional materials, atomic layer deposition, nanocarbons, copolymer synthesis, (bio)sensing, (photo)catalysis or photovoltaics is desirable. The applicants needs to be fluent in English (oral and written).

TU Wien is an equal opportunity employer aiming to increase the proportion of women within scientific and artistic staff and thus strongly encourages qualified women to apply. Female candidates will be considered preferentially, if their abilities, aptitude and professional performance are equal with those of male applicants. Persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

Please forward the following documents (single pdf-file) to until December 12th, 2016.

  • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A cover letter, in which you reason your motivation to become a part of our group.
  • Transcripts of records of the Bachelor- and Master-studies
  • A one-page summary of your diploma/master thesis
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Institut für Materialchemie
    Getreidemarkt 9/165-AC
    A-1060 Wien
  • -Prof. Dr. Dominik Eder
    tel.: +43-1-58801-165400
    fax: +43-1-58801-165981
Type of position PhD
Subject Chemistry, Physics, Material science
Closing date December 12th, 2016
Organization Institute of Materials Chemistry of the Technical University of Vienna

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