The Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience focuses on research, innovation and education within the fields of future electronics, photonics, bio- and nanosystems. A close collaboration with Swedish and international partners within academy, industry and society enables scientific excellence and creates an innovative environment. In addition to the 200 researchers and PhD students, MC2 houses a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication with the latest equipment.

Information about the division

The Quantum Device Physics Laboratory (QDP) at the department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience conducts research which extends over a variety of different topics. QDP is therefore divided into three sub groups: Experimental Mesoscopic Physics (EMP), Quantum Devices & Oxide Electronics (QuOx) and the Bolometer Group. Altogether, the QDP lab focuses on studying nano electronic components beyond classical electrodynamics, and explores possibilities to make quantum mechanical effects useful in practical devices.

Major responsibilities
The discovery of Topological Insulators (TIs) has revolutionized the basic notions of materials such as metals, insulators, semiconductors, superconductors, and magnets. Here the properties of a metal and of an insulator are encompassed in the very same compound leading to a new state of matter where a topology plays a fundamental role. TI materials are insulators in the bulk while possessing a conducting surface characterized by helical Dirac states, which are massless fermions with the spin locked to the momentum. The Dirac node is responsible for the novel emergent states and controls the topological protection of the surface states. The focus so far has mostly been on improving our understanding of the many fascinating properties of TI materials, but it is now becoming clear that they possess electronic properties that make them interesting for a wide range of applications.

In this project the PhD student will study and exploit the properties of 3D topological insulator materials incorporated into high frequency devices. The main driver of the project is the prospect of using a TI nanoribbon to create a topologically protected single electron transistor, the basis for single-electron charge pump that can be used as a metrological quantum current standard. A TI nanoribbon has several potential benefits over conventional materials for accurate charge pumping because of the surface states being topologically protected from back-scattering which makes it less sensitive to defects. Moreover the gapless nature of the surface states and large bulk gap allows for device operation at very high
frequencies without breakdown.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.

The applicant must hold a MSc degree with strong background in Physics and Engineering.

Applicants should ideally have:
• Performed high-quality research in the area of nanoelectronics
• Experience in nanofabrication of electronic devices (cleanroom environment)
• Experience in microwave design and engineering
• Experience in low-noise electronic measurements at cryogenic temperatures
• Strong inner driving force and capabilities for independent work
• Excellent collaboration skills in a research team
• Potential to reach excellence in the research field
• Fluent in English, both oral and written skills
• Swedish skills or an intention to learn Swedish

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170592 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• CV
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) 
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 31 January 2018

For questions, please contact:
Floriana Lombardi,,
+46 31-772 3318

Thilo Bauch,,
+46 31-772 3397

*** Chalmers declines to consider all offers of further announcement publishing or other types of support for the recruiting process in connection with this position. *** 

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