Postdoc in Advanced Carbon Micro- and Nanofabrication

Monday 22 Feb 21

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Are you a researcher motivated by challenging tasks in micro- and nanoengineering? Are you keen on advancing research in electrochemical energy harvesting and storage through innovation in carbon micro- and nanofabrication. We are looking for a highly skilled postdoctoral researcher that would like to boost the academic career and join an interdisciplinary research team.

You will be part of the project ‘Pyrolytic Hierarchical Organic Electrodes for sustaiNable Electrochemical Energy Systems (PHOENEEX)’, which is funded by an European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. The overall vision of PHOENEEX is to develop sustainable electrochemical energy systems. In this context, you will work as one of the main technology providers in close collaboration with researchers in chemistry, bioelectrochemistry and material science.

You will be affiliated with DTU Nanolab, where we conduct cross-disciplinary research and apply micro- and nanotechnology in a wide range of scientific disciplines and applications. The Biomaterial Microsystems group is a highly ambitious group, pursuing research on microfabrication of 3D polymer and carbon structures and devices and their application in drug delivery, bioelectrochemistry and sustainable energy.

Responsibilities and tasks
In PHOENEEX, we would like to considerably improve the efficiency of energy harvesting in microbial fuel cells and enhance temporal storage of the harvested energy in microsupercapacitors. For this purpose, we investigate novel approaches for the fabrication of 3D carbon microelectrodes (3DCMEs) with highly tailored material properties, large surface area and hierarchical architecture using the Carbon MEMS (CMEMS) process. In this approach, patterned polymer precursors are exposed to high temperatures (> 900 °C) in inert atmosphere (N2 or Ar) and converted into pyrolytic carbon.

Your specific focus will be the development of novel strategies for fabrication of 3DCMEs in the DTU Nanolab cleanroom and research laboratories. Fundamental understanding of advanced micro- and nanofabrication based on the CMEMS process will allow you to contribute to a large variety of research activities in PHOENEEX and other research projects in the group. Your primary tasks will be to:

  • plan and execute experimental research in the DTU Nanolab cleanroom facilities
  • develop and optimize novel processes for advanced fabrication of 3DCMEs
  • fabricate devices for energy storage, energy harvesting and bioelectrochemistry
  • collaborate with an interdisciplinary research team in a focused scientific effort
  • assist with other micro- and nanofabrication activities in the research group
  • contribute with supervision of BSc and MSc student projects

Qualifications
As a formal qualification, you must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent). We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in micro- and nanoengineering or similar. Required qualifications include experience in cleanroom micro- and nanofabrication, excellent English language skills and competences in scientific writing. You are eager to interact with researchers in other disciplines and it motivates you that others can employ your processes and devices to advance the state of the art in their respective fields. You dare to question common practice and are able to propose innovative solutions to engineering challenges. You like to be involved in several activities at the same time, while keeping focus on in depth understanding of fundamental processes.   

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 2 years.

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Further information
Further information may be obtained from Prof. Stephan Sylvest Keller, DTU Nanolab, suke@dtu.dk


You can read more about DTU Nanolab and the Biomaterial Microsystems group at www.nanolab.dtu.dk.

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Application procedure
Your complete online application must be submitted no later than 19 March 2021 (Danish time). Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Academic Diplomas (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Nanolab is a common infrastructure and research facility located at and fully owned by the Technical University of Denmark, DTU. The core facilities consist of a large cleanroom and a state-of-the-art electron microscopy center inaugurated in 2007. The research activities carried out at DTU Nanolab span from nano- and microfabrication with Silicon-based materials, carbon and polymers to the highly sophisticated analysis of nanoscale materials in hard and soft matter. Since 2018, DTU Nanolab is extended to provide expertise in soft matter from small molecule complexes to biological cells.

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