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Post-doctoral position - 1 Year (possibly renewable)
Electron microscopy for the development of a personal prevention and health assistant

Length of position: 1 year (possibly renewable)

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral fellow to join a highly motivated multidisciplinary consortium working on development of a personal prevention and health assistant.

The candidate will be based at the Institut des Matériaux et de Microélectronique de Provence (IM2NP), Marseille, France and work under the supervision of Ahmed Charaï and Claude Alfonso.
Position will be for one year possibly renewable starting as soon as possible.

Background

The candidate will take part of a very ambitious research project founded by the House of Innovation and Technology (HIT) in the Aix-Marseille excellence initiative (A*Midex) involving researchers of six laboratories in Aix-Marseille University of different fields (physics, medicine, economy and law) and two major companies, STMicroelectronics and Gemalto. The aim of the APPRISE project is to develop a personal prevention and health assistant under the form of a bracelet equipped with various sensors in function of the desired physiological parameters (blood sugar, heart-rate, temperature... ) or environmental ones (harmful or allergenic gases,…)
Indeed, the novelty of this project is the relevant combination of several sensors able to warn people against a potential health risk. At the end, a prototype should be fabricated and later commercialized.
The young researcher will be involved in the step of development and design of various sensors.

Research Objectives

The aim of the postdoc will be to characterize the chemistry and the structure of various sensors implemented in the health assistant, their reliability and their ageing. He/she will need to formulate the best characterization strategy by combining the appropriate microscopy techniques depending on the chosen sensors at the appropriate scale from a macroscopic down to an atomic level. Thus, the candidate will work in the University microscopy centers campus (CP2M and CIMPACA) where many types of equipment at the cutting edge of technology are available (SEM, FIB, TEM). Therefore, he/she will need a strong experience in various advanced techniques of electron microscopy.

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Post-doctoral position - 1 Year (possibly renewable)
Electron microscopy for the development of Autonomous Portable Digital Secure Elements

Length of position: 1 year (possibly renewable)

We are seeking to recruit a post-doctoral fellow to join a highly motivated multidisciplinary consortium working on development of future smart cards.

The candidate will be based at the Institut des Matériaux et de Microélectronique de Provence (IM2NP), Marseille, France and work under the supervision of Claude Alfonso and Nadia Grillet.
Position will be for one year possibly renewable starting as soon as possible.

Background

The candidate will take part of a research project founded by the House of Innovation and Technology (HIT) in the Aix-Marseille excellence initiative (A*Midex) involving researchers of two laboratories in Aix-Marseille University and Gemalto, one of the international leaders in smart cards fabrication. The aim of the APODISE project is to develop “Autonomous Portable Digital Secure Elements”.
Indeed, secure elements as for instance smart cards require a greater portability, contactless uses, increased autonomy and significant extension of the life cycles.
The teams involved in this project will work on different steps of the fabrication as energy harvesting, protection against the environment and reliability of the components along the time. One of the main goal will be to harvest the surrounding energy to obtain completely autonomous cards. Different energy harvesting solutions will be developed in function of the nature of the energy (light, heat, movement or electromagnetic waves - especially radio-frequencies). Once the best solutions will be clearly identified, the next step will be to fabricate a prototype of a long life autonomous contactless smart card.
The young researcher will be involved at each step of the project.

Research Objectives

The aim of the postdoc will be to characterize the chemistry and the structure of various components implemented in smart cards, their reliability and their ageing. He/she will need to formulate the best characterization strategy by combining the appropriate microscopy techniques depending on the chosen energy harvesting solutions like rectifying antennas, silicides and germanides and photovoltaic solar cells based on organic components, perovskites or amorphous silicon at the appropriate scale from a macroscopic down to an atomic level. Thus, the candidate will work in the microscopy centers of the University (CP2M and CIMPACA) where many equipments at the cutting edge of technology are available (SEM, FIB, TEM). Therefore, he/she will need a strong experience in various advanced techniques of electron microscopy. His/her time will be at 80% in the laboratory to prepare samples, perform electron microscopy studies and analysis. He/she will spend 20% of his/her time in Gemalto especially at the end of the project to work in close collaboration with the company on the fabrication of the final prototype.

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Applications:

Applications or any enquiries relating to the project should be emailed to:
Email: claude.alfonso@univ-amu.fr

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