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12 PhDs and 3 PostDocs at RAPID

The goal of the Multi Partner Marie Curie ITN-RAPID (Reactive Atmospheric Plasma processIng – eDucation network) is the realization of an interdisciplinary training involving the disciplines physics, chemistry and engineering. As a result, RAPID will create the platform for a truly European PhD in plasma technology. RAPID offers Fellowships for 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESR/PhDs; for 36 months) and 3 Experienced Researchers (ER/PostDocs; for 20-24 months).

The scientific goal is the development of non-equilibrium reactive processes in atmospheric pressure plasmas. Thereby, the great success of low pressure plasmas enabling a multitude of applications ranging from material synthesis, automotive and microelectronics can be repeated. In addition, even more applications become possible due to the easy integration of atmospheric pressure plasmas in current industrial processes. Hot topics such as large area solar cells, barrier coatings to improve the permeation properties of polymers and plasma chemical gas conversion are selected. A broad curriculum will be adopted for the training of RAPID fellows in theory, experimental methods, materials as well as transferable skills.

The research success requires a specific training covering diverse aspects such as modeling and simulation of plasmas and surfaces, diagnostic to validate these models and the implications for industrial scale-up. This will be trained in a coordinated effort involving 10 academic and 10 industrial partners from 8 European countries. The RAPID network is designed to promote the career of the fellows actively and each fellow will be supervised by two principal mentors – an academic supervisor (from the academic institution) and an industry mentor (from an industry partner).

Full Partners:

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany
FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V., The Netherlands
Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
University College Cork, Ireland
University of Antwerp, Belgium
University of Manchester, United Kingdom
University of Ulster, United Kingdom
VITO, Belgium

Associated Partners:

BOSCH, Germany
CPI, France
DIFFER, The Netherlands
InnoPhysics, The Netherlands
Oxford Instruments, United Kingdom
Picosun Oy, Finland
Plasma Clean Ltd., United Kingdom
Plasmawerk, Germany
SEMCO, France
Tantec, Denmark
TNO, The Netherlands

All details including conditions for recruitment, available positions, how to apply, research projects and training program are available at the network’s website: http://www.rapid-itn.eu

Please send all required documents to: rapid@rub.de

Deadline: January 31st, 2014

RAPID Coordination Office

Ruhr-University Bochum
NB 7/134
Universitaetsstr. 150
44780 Bochum
E-mail: rapid@rub.de

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