Company: Next Professionals Services Limited
Deadline: March 01, 2021

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Are you a highly motivated student interested in novel nanomaterials and functional thin films? Two teams, one lead by Dr. Newell at the Institute of Physics (IoP) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and another lead by Dr. Bliem at the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL), are looking for an ambitious student with excellent knowledge of solid state physics for a joint project on high-entropy ceramics using a combined experiment & theory approach. This 4-year PhD project combines growth and experimental characterization of high-performance functional materials using optical and electron spectroscopy as well as nano-scale optical imaging correlated with atomic force microscopy, with density functional theory calculations for a comprehensive understanding of the materials properties.


What are you going to do?
You will explore the properties of a novel class of high-performance materials – high-entropy ceramics. First, you will model selected materials using density functional theory (DFT) at the IoP with an eye on mechanical and optical properties for applications as ultra-hard coatings and emitter/absorber for opto-electronics. You will synthesize the selected materials using a custom-built high-energy ball-mill at IoP and deposit thin films ranging from monolayers to tens of nanometers using pulsed laser deposition at ARCNL. You will characterize their optical, electronic, and mechanical properties by optical spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and nanoindentation, and interpret them in the context of your simulations. You will present your research at international conferences and publish them in the form of scientific articles.


Our offer
A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of 4 years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,395 to €3,061 (scale P) gross per month, based on a full-time contract of 38 hours a week. This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


What do we require?
An MSc in physics, (physical) chemistry, material science, or a closely related field;
a background in condensed matter physics;
excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
Other skills, experiences, and documents that would benefit your application:

previous experience with surface analysis or simulation techniques;
a reference letter from your MSc advisor;
scientific publications.

Eligible Applicants:

Tertiary School Administrators, Secondary School Administrators, Counsellors in Tertiary School, Counsellors in Secondary School, Tertiary Students

Eligible Countries:

Nigeria, West Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Africa, South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America

Duration of Scholarship:

Temporal (4 Years)

Application Deadline:

March 01, 2021

Mode of Accessing Shortlisted Candidates:

Internal Assessment without Contact with Candidate

Mode of Application:

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