M-2116 - POST-DOC IN COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN OF OPTIMIZED FERROELECTRIC THIN FILMS
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The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.
You ‘d like to contribute as a researcher? Join our Materials Research and Technology department
Through its research into advanced materials and processes, the “Materials Research and Technology” (MRT) department, with its 200 researchers and engineers, contributes to the emergence of enabling technologies that underpin the innovation processes of local and international industry. MRT’s activities hinge on four thematic pillars: nanomaterials and nanotechnology, scientific instrumentation and process technology, structural composites, and functional polymers.
The department also includes four high-tech platforms, focusing on composites, prototyping, characterization and testing. These platforms serve both LIST research staff, and other stakeholders in Luxembourg.
How will you contribute?
HfO2-based thin films have changed the way we think about ferroelectrics. This silicon-compatible and environmentally friendly material pushed the limits of ferroelectricity down to a few nanometers and revived the technology of ferroelectric memories and field-effect transistors. Nonetheless, its march towards the status of ideal ferroelectric and piezoelectric is encumbered by several hurdles, including non-robust stability of polar phases and weak piezoelectric response.
This project will explore original strategies to overcome these difficulties and optimize the ferroelectric and response properties of HfO2-based materials via nano-structuration. The project includes experimental and theoretical activities, in Luxembourg (led by LIST’s J. Íñiguez and S. Glinsek) and The Netherlands (led by University of Groningen’s B. Noheda and B. Kooi).
In particular, the theory postdoc will work at LIST under Jorge Íñiguez’s supervision. The candidate will use first-principles simulation methods to identify optimum HfO2-based nanostructures (superlattices), taking advantage of interfacial effects to tune their properties and performance. The theoretical work will be done in close collaboration with the experimentalists in the project, to both guide the experimental work and support the interpretion of the experimental results.
The research with be in line with recent activities led by Prof. Jorge Íñiguez, whose work can be consulted in Google Scholar, and to whom interested candidates are welcome to address their queries.
Is Your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply now!
- You hold a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science or a related discipline.
- You have solid experience with first-principles simulations, enjoy team work and interaction with experiment.
- You have experience working with functional oxides, in particular ferroelectrics
- You have a good level in English, both oral and written
Your LIST benefits
An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects;
Sustainable by design, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society;
Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations such as our Viswall, high-scale incubators and top of the range 3D/4D printings that are part of our toolkit for excelling in all we do;
Multicultural and international work environment with more than 45 nationalities represented in our workforce;
Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions;
Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science;
32 days paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, flexible working hours, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance and access to lunch vouchers;
Personalized learning programme to foster our staff’s soft and technical skills;
An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas.
Your application must include:
- A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience;
- A scientific CV with contact details;
- List of publications (and patents, if applicable);
- Contact details of 2 references.
- Also convenient: An academic record as complete as possible.
Application procedure and conditions:
- LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability;
- Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled;
- An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities;
- The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills and expertise of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.
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