Research fellow in Carbon nanotube to CMOS integration for ultra-sensitive gas sensors

University College of Southeast Norway was established 1 January 2016, and has about 16 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university college is temporarily organized in eight faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university college is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

Research fellow in Carbon nanotube to CMOS integration for ultra-sensitive gas sensors

The Faculty of Technology and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as Research Fellow in Carbon nanotube to CMOS integration for ultra-sensitive gas sensors from 01.09.2016 or as soon as possible.

The position is attached to the Department of Micro- and Nanosystem Technology and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold in Horten.

The university college will during 2016 be reorganized, which may affect the position's organizational affiliation.

Qualifications requirements

Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in microsystems, nanotechnology, electronics, material science or similar. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant obtains admission to HSN’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems, which requires an average grade B from Master’s degree, in addition to grade B at the final master project.

The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Candidates with prior knowledge of Carbon Nanotubes and/ or CMOS technology is preferred. Ability to perform experimental work as well as computer modelling such as Final Element Modelling (FEM) is necessary. Candidates should be independent and responsible, have strong analytic and creative skills, possess good communication capabilities including English writing skills, be an efficient team worker and be capable of working in multidisciplinary research environment.

Information about the position

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have outstanding properties (dimensional, mechanical and electrical) appealing for applications in devices. A close integration with micro/ nano-electronics is necessary to create functional, miniaturized and inexpensive devices. Synthesis of CNTs requires temperatures far above the CMOS compatible range. HSN has seven years’ experience researching “direct integration” of CNTs in microsystems using localized, resistive heating, in a potentially wafer-level process. This allows for CMOS compatibility and integration with micro/ nano-electronics in a cost-effective process. A particular application focus is ultra-sensitive gas sensors for monitoring decay and aging of food, utilizing the extreme surface-to-volume ratio of CNTs. The ultimate goal of this application is to minimize the vast spill of food resources due to very conservative “best before” dates.     

This announced research project will implement CNT-to-CMOS integration in real CMOS chips. The research tasks will include

  • Adapting CMOS process for designing and implementing CNT growth structures, using post-processing in HSN laboratory if necessary
  • Growing/ integrating CNTs on CMOS chips, and optimizing experimental conditions
  • Functionalizing integrated CNTs for improved sensitivity and selectivity
  • Demonstrating and characterizing functional gas sensorsEvaluate routes for wafer-level implementation in automated processes

The project work will be a combination of experimental work (both manufacturing and characterization) and design, modelling and simulation. The research fellow will work closely with other research fellows and students, who will be responsible for the CMOS circuit design to be used in the actual devices. Co-operation with other research groups, in Norway and abroad, will be part of the project work.

A research fellow with innovative ideas for alternative applications of CNT-in-CMOS devices will be encouraged to pursue his/ her own ideas. 

Appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.

For further information concerning the position please contact Professor Knut E. Aasmundtveit (+47 31009319) or Assosiate Professor Mehdi Azadmehr (+47 31009324) at Department of Micro and Nano System Technology.

An ongoing reorganizing effort may affect the position's responsibilities, duties and line of work.

We offer

• A professionally stimulating working environment.
• Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
• A good social environment
• Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
• Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


The position is placed in the state salary scale 50 (code 1017, LR 20, alt.8). Further promotion will be based on service in the position. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan. For more information about pension, please visit:

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University College of Southeast Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

It is the policy of University College of Southeast Norway that the employees should reflect the composition of the general population. Consequently, women are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

How to apply

University College of Southeast Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application” link to the right. The application must include the following documents :

1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
2. Master’s thesis
3. Any scientific publications and a list of these
4. Three references (contact information)
Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

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