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Would you like to work on an interdisciplinary doctoral project for four years bridging different research topics and disciplines while benefiting from the expertise and supervision of experienced scientists from different institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich? Then a project within the Jülich Program for Collaborative Doctoral Projects is just right for you. Research at Forschungszentrum Jülich addresses the very latest issues that impact our society, combining basic research with application. Being one of Europe’s biggest and most multidisciplinary research centers with a strong research infrastructure, Forschungszentrum Jülich offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary projects. Support us researching and developing new ideas and solutions for a changing society. For more information on the Jülich Program for Collaborative Doctoral Projects, please visit: https://go.fzj.de/collaborative-doctoral-projects.
We are offering a four year
Doctoral Project Opportunity – CMOS Energy Harvesting for Big Data Applications
The generation of excess heat is a major bottleneck of semiconductor-based electronics, ranging from small scale wearable applications up to large supercomputers. In turn, by developing suitable on-chip and CMOS compatible thermoelectric technologies, not only internet-of-things applications like wearables could be operated by the body temperature alone, but also a significant contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions caused by computing could be made by energy reutilization at operating temperatures below 100 °C. The objective is to enable SiGeSn as a novel Si-compatible thermoelectric material able to operate at room or body temperature.
In detail, the planned work will cover:
Creation of ultralow-thermal conductance SiGeSn alloys
Development of an efficient SiGeSn thermoelectric material for room temperature application
Validation of a microfabricated Si-based thermoelectric module
Understanding and optimization of heat generation and transport in the device
The work combines experimental and theoretical activities at the institutes PGI-9 (https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/pgi/pgi-9) and IEK-2 (https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/iek/iek-2) at Forschungszentrum Jülich.
Physics knowledge to understand the heat and carrier transport in semiconductor nanostructures
Engineering knowledge for building and performing electrical measurements and characterization
Programming experience for performing modeling and writing computer interfaces to measurement set-ups
Experience with working in cleanrooms is a critical advantage
Good English skills and good communication ability
Strong motivation for pursuing a doctoral degree within four years in an ambitious but rewarding interdisciplinary project related to semiconductor physics and energy materials
We offer ideal conditions for you to work on a doctoral project at the leading edge of science, including:
Excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
Continuous supervision by a team of experts
A vibrant international work environment on an attractive research campus, ideally situated between the cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Aachen
Further development of your personal strengths, e.g. through an extensive range of training courses; a structured program of continuing education and networking opportunities specifically for doctoral researchers via JuDocS, the Jülich Center for Doctoral Researchers and Supervisors: https://www.fz-juelich.de/en/judocs
Extensive company health management, as well as social security and health insurance
30 days of annual leave and provision for days off between public holidays and weekends (e.g. between Christmas and New Year)
Targeted services for international employees, e.g. through our International Advisory Service
The project will be conducted jointly at the Peter Grünberg Institute for semiconductor nanoelectronics (PGI-9) and the Institute of Energy and Climate Research for the structure and function of materials (IEK-2) on the campus of Forschungszentrum Jülich.
In addition to exciting tasks and a collaborative working atmosphere at Jülich, we have a lot more to offer: https://go.fzj.de/benefits.
The PhD position is fixed for a term of four years. Pay will be in line with the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD-Bund).
We welcome applications from people with diverse backgrounds, e.g. in terms of age, gender, disability, sexual orientation / identity, and social, ethnic and religious origin. A diverse and inclusive working environment with equal opportunities, in which everyone can realize their potential, is important to us.
For this program it is mandatory to use and upload our CV template: https://go.fzj.de/collaborative-doctoral-projects.
We look forward to receiving your application by August 7, 2023, via our Online Recruitment System!
Questions about the Offer?
Please feel free to contact us via our contact form. Please note that for technical reasons we cannot accept applications via email.
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