Supramolecular Surface Chemistry and Electronic Structure

Two Ph.D. (Doktorarbeit) projects are being offered in the field of supramolecular frameworks surface and interface chemistry. Diploma theses are also possible. These projects are located at the University of South Florida (USF) and are a collaboration between the electrical engineering, chemistry and physics programs. The focus of the projects centers around the growth of metal organic framework systems on surfaces, and the investigation of the related surface chemistry and interface electronic structure. A major focus is on the development of self-assembling semiconducting frameworks structures that can be used in photovoltaic and electronic device applications. The preparative and analytical techniques include self assembly in solution, electrospray thin film deposition in vacuum, photoemission spectroscopy/inverse photoemission spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and state of the art electron microscopies. Successful applicants are self-motivated individuals with dip
 loma or masters degrees in chemistry, physics or engineering.  They have the ability to collaborate in an interdisciplinary team. The positions are also open to University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule) graduates in science and engineering disciplines.
The University of South Florida is one of the largest metropolitan universities of the US serving over 40,000 students and is located in Tampa, on the West Coast of Florida. Tampa features a lively cultural scene combined with the sunny Florida beach-lifestyle. Interested applicants should email (in English or German) a curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interests and names/e-mail/phone numbers of at least two references to Prof. Rudy Schlaf, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA, e-mail:, web:, Voice: +1-813-974-8463, FAX:+1-813-974-5250. Informal inquiries about the opportunities are welcome! USF is an equal opportunity employer. Applications of female and minority students are especially encouraged.

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