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PhD position: NANOTRET: Nano-micro-structured permanently charged surfaces for electret nanogenerators

The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a PhD position: NANOTRET: Nano-micro-structured permanently charged surfaces for electret nanogenerators | term for filing application: 17.09.2020
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The Excellence Cluster livMatS welcomes applications for a

PhD position: NANOTRET: Nano-micro-structured permanently charged surfaces for electret nanogenerators
Part-time position (65 %), Start-date: At the earliest possible date.

The Cluster of Excellence livMatS develops completely novel, bioinspired materials systems that adapt autonomously to various environments and harvest clean energy from their surroundings. The intention of these purely technical – yet in a behavioral sense quasi-living – materials systems is to meet the demands of humans with regard to pioneering environmental and energy technologies. The societal relevance of autonomous systems and their sustainability will thus play an important role in their development. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from a broad range of fields including engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, the humanities, and sustainability sciences.

For the project NANOTRET livMatS seeks for a highly motivated PhD candidate for the development of electret nanogenerators based on nano- and micro-structured permanently charged surfaces. The aim of the project is (i) to develop nano- and micro-structured surfaces with permanently imprinted charges based on specially designed core@shell nanoparticles, (ii) fundamental characterization of these surfaces in terms of morphology, charge distribution and remanence and (iii) fabrication of electret nanogenerators. After surface optimization in terms of nano- and micro-structure regarding maximization of charge density, charge remanence and output power, the best surface designs will be transferred into mechanically compliant electret micro harvesters, which are designed on the basis of theoretic modeling and simulation. The developed nano- and microstructured surfaces will also be explored for their triboelectric properties in cooperation with the project livMatS TRIBOGEN.

For this project interdisciplinary competences ranging from nano- and microfabrication techniques, materials chemistry and materials sciences to mechanical and electrical engineering are highly desirable. The potential PhD candidates are therefore expected to have a master with outstanding grades in one of the following fields (nanoscience, chemical engineering, material science, micro system engineering, functional materials) and the strong willingness and provable competence to work interdisciplinary. Previous experience in one of the following areas (surface structuring, atomic layer deposition, electret nanogenerators and/or atomic force microscopy) is appreciated. In addition, strong competences in scientific presentations and writing (in English language) as well as well as team skills are expected from the successful PhD candidate as he/she will be part of a creative, productive, interdisciplinary and dynamic international team of scientists.

Please hand in:

  • Letter of intent detailing why you are interested in this specific project and how your previous research qualifies you for the project (up to 1,500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae with list of publications (if applicable)
  • Certified copies of your university degree(s) with grades (BA and MA certificate / Diploma certificate and transcript)
  • Short summary of your master’s thesis (up to 1,000 words)
  • Work sample (chapter from recent thesis or journal article, up to 5,000 words)
  • Suggestion of two referees with contact details

Your documents will not be returned after the application process. For this reason, please submit copies only.

The position is limited to 36 months. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E 13.
We are particularly pleased to receive applications from women for the position advertised here.

Please send your application in English including supporting documents mentioned above citing the reference number 00001105, by 17.09.2020 at the latest. Please send your application to the following address in written or electronic form:
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Freiburger Zentrum für interaktive Werkstoffe
und bioinspirierte Technologien (FIT)
Dr. Monika Schulz
Georges-Köhler-Allee 105
D-79110 Freiburg
Kennwort: livMatS
E-Mail: (please send one PDF file only)
For further information, please contact Frau Prof. Dr. Anna Fischer on the phone number +49 761 203-8717 or E-Mail
General and legal remarks:
Full-time positions may generally be split up into two or more part-time positions, provided that there are no formal or legal barriers. Candidates are selected in accordance with the provisions of the AGG (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz - German General Equal Treatment Act).
Applicants with disabilities (Schwerbehinderte Menschen) will be given preferential consideration in case of equal qualification.
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