Ph.D. position in physical chemistry - University of Iceland

Applications are invited for a PhD position in physical chemistry within the Chemistry Division of the Natural Science Department of the University of Iceland.

Project title; The role of low energy electrons in focused electron beam induced deposition

The Ph.D. position is for three years and is financed by the University of Iceland Research Fund.

Supervisor is Dr. Oddur Ingólfsson, Professor in Physical Chemistry.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with Dr. Ivo Utke at Empa in Thun, Swiss, Dr. Cornelis W. Hagen at the Technical University Delft (TU-Delft) and Prof. Howard Fairbrother at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore (JT). The project thus requires a fair amount of travelling..

Main emphasis will be on measurement of dissociative electron attachment cross section for selected FEBID precursor molecules in the gas phase. However, experiments with the same precursor molecules adsorbed on surfaces will also be conducted (John Hopkins, Baltimore) and these same precursor molecules will be tested for their performance in FEBID (Empa, Thun and/or TU Delft). 
Bacground and scope
Nanotechnology has become an essential part in various disciplines, including advanced electronics, biotechnology and medicine, over the recent years. As a result, there exists an increasing demand for novel nanostructures with tuneable physical and chemical properties. Focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID) of volatile precursor molecules is a promising mask-less lithography technique, which has the potential to meet future demands. Currently, however, FEBID relies on molecules that were originally developed for chemical vapour deposition (CVD), which are not ideal for the electron driven processes governing FEBID.

This research project aims to identify and characterize these electron driven processes at a molecular level, allowing us to understand the underlying physics of the deposition process and thus contribute to rational design of new improved FEBID precursors.

For further information regarding this position contact: Prof. Oddur Ingólfsson, odduring(a) General information on the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences:

We seek a highly motivated student with a M.Sc. degree in Chemistry or Physics or related fields (such as Electrical Engineering and Materials Science). Experience with HV and/or UHV experimental techniques and charge particle optics is desirable.
The application should include
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copies of university diplomas (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) with clear indication of subjects and grade classification
  • List of publication and presentations (also in preparation)
  • Names and contact information for 2-3 individuals that are provide letters of reference.

Deadline for submitting applications 6. Ágúst 2013.

Salary is according to the wage contract by the minister of finance and appropriate trade union.

Appointments to the University of Iceland do take into account the Equal Rights Project of the University of Iceland.

Professor Oddur  Ingolfsson
Department of Chemistry, Science Institute 
University of Iceland, Dunhaga 3 
107 Reykjavik, Iceland  

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