Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PhD Position in Ultra Fast Atomic Layer Deposition in South of France

Trainee (PhD Student) Ultra Fast Atomic Layer Deposition of Nano-architectured materials for the energy transition

A Trainee (PhD student) Position is available at the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanoscience of Marseille (CINaM, http://www.cinam.univ-mrs.fr), UMR CNRS 7325 from Aix-Marseille University, France. The work will be performed in close collaboration with Encapsulix SAS. (http://www.encapsulix.com). The subject of the research is the creation of nano-engineered materials using Encapsulix parallel precursor wave ultrafast Atomic Layer Deposition technology. The goal of this multidisciplinary research is to provide the scientific basis of advanced functional and protective coating technology to be applied in a variety of energy related large area electronic devices such as photovoltaics, thin film batteries and ultracapacitors, low power OLED lighting, smart windows, etc. 

The work will encompass deposition of: 

  • Multifunctional Nano engineered Ultrabarriers : Single material (i. e. Al2O3) ultrabarriers have been shown to protect effectively against degradation of electronic components such as OLED’s and photovoltaic cells by moisture from the atmosphere, leading to significant increase in useful lifetime. The next step is the use of nano-engineered multilayers (such as (Al2O3/TiO2), (Al2O3/ZrO2) nanolaminates; ZnO/Al2O3/ZnO , sandwiches, etc.) optimized for protection against a variety of external sources of degradation such as charged Sodium diffusion, Ultraviolet light, salt water, etc. 
  • Complex substrate topographies: A unique feature of the ALD method is its ability to conformally cover complex substrate topographies such as high aspect ratio cavities and or re-entrant features. Such functionalized nano-structures will be used for energy storage and production purposes (Batteries, photo-electrochemical devices…).
The position is co-funded by the Région Provence Alpes Côte D’Azur and Encapsulix Personal Specification Applicants should, by the start date, hold a masters 2 degree (or equivalent) in physics, chemistry or materials science, chemical or electrical engineering, or a related discipline. An experience with operation of thin film deposition (in particular CVD or ALD) or characterization (e.g. TEM, AFM, XRD,...) equipment is useful. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm for pre-industrial research, and an interest in this particular field. They should be willing to take ownership of their part of the project and on-time delivery of its deliverables. They should demonstrate world class technical skills and excellent presentation ease. They should feel comfortable to work together with both academics and industrial partners. Location The work will be performed at two locations within the metropolitan area of Marseille - Aix en Provence in the South of France: The CINaM laboratory at the Luminy campus and the Encapsulix development Laboratory in Gardanne. Marseille and the Provence region benefit from a Mediterranean climate with year-long mild temperatures. In recent years, the region has developed a vibrant high tech industry in the fields of microelectronics, aerospace, advanced optics and renewable energies. Appointment and Starting Date

This position offers full-time employment for 36 month. The starting date should be October 1st, 2015 at the earliest. 

Information and Application

For more information on the position, please contact Lionel Santinacci (lionel.santinacci@univ-amu.fr ) or Jacques Kools (jkools@encapsulix.com). 
To apply, please send an application letter, along with curriculum vitae with the names of two referees who can be contacted, to us before July 15, 2015.

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