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Post Doctoral Researcher in Electron Microscopy - Bernal Institute, University of Limerick


A Post Doctoral position is currently available with the TEMUL electron microscopy group in the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick. Click here for the job webpage.

The successful candidate will work on the Horizon 2020 Frontiers for the Future funded project POLARIS. The project is aimed at establishing and investigating the potential and properties of novel (recently discovered) 2-D materials, i.e., 2-D ferroelectrics, to improve and advance materials systems for functionalities in nano(opto)-electronics. These materials have the potential of shrinking electronic devices down to quantum levels leading to the expansion of, e.g., storage and also to the improvement of energy storage and harvesting capabilities. This will make a significant contribution to global challenges in the area of nano-devices. The aspired 2-D ferroelectrics functionalities in this project have so far not been achieved and devices developed in this project, employing these functionalities constitute a truly first. The tasks will be to create, tailor and assess 2-D ferro-electrics. This will require atomic-scale knowledge and characterisation of these materials, which will be achieved via high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and spectroscopy using UL’s unique, advanced transmission electron microscopy suite (in its constellation currently one of a handful in the world). An experienced researcher with strong expertise in imaging and characterising nano- and 2-D materials is needed. Expertise in imaging, using double aberration corrected, monochromated TEM and STEM (scanning transmission electron microscopy), also including in-situ imaging, as well as energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), is a requirement. Expertise in focused ion beam (FIB)/SEM as well as in atomic force and piezo force microscopy (AFM and PFM) is desirable. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Physics or Materials Science in the areas of advanced microscopy with at least two publications in high impact journals in the area of transmission electron microscopy. Ideally s/he will have some experience in project management. S/he will also be expected to assist the PI in the management of the project, industry liaison, supervision of PhD students and development of new research proposals