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Postdoctoral position at nanoGUNE

Publish date 28/09/2020
Entity NanoGUNE
Sector of Activity

The Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center, CIC nanoGUNE, located in Donostia-San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain), is currently looking for a

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER to work on  Spectroscopic Characterization of 2D Materials and Perovskites

NanoGUNE is a research center devoted to conducting world-class nanoscience research for a competitive growth of the Basque Country. NanoGUNE is a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) and is recognized by the Spanish Research Agency as a María de MaeztuUnit of Excellence.

The Nanodevices group, co-led by Prof. Luis E. Hueso and Prof. Fèlix Casanova, is currently composed of 23 members including senior and junior researchers. The group counts with extensive research facilities for fabrication and characterization of devices and several active research lines spanning from nanofabrication to 2D electronics and spin transport. More information can be found at

The candidate will join a newly funded research line focusing on the investigation of 2D layered materials and low dimensional metal halide perovskites through a combination of electrical and optical characterizations.
Raman spectroscopy and device fabrication/characterization will be employed to reveal a wide variety of physical and chemical phenomena occurring when low dimensional materials are modulated using electrostatic gating and molecular functionalization. A special focus will be given to phase transitions, magnetic ordering and hetero-interface charge transfer.

The final goal is to modulate the 2D materials properties in single flakes and heterostructures, looking for the integration of working systems into functional spintronic and opto-electronic nanodevices.

The research will include the exfoliation and stacking of 2D materials into van der Waals heterostructures, their optical characterization through temperature-dependent micro-Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy, the chemical functionalization of 2D materials and the fabrication and electrical characterization of devices (thin film deposition, lithography).

A selection of recent work on spintronics in 2D materials which our team has led can be found in the following articles:
Nature Comms. 7, 13372 (2016); Nano Lett. 19, 1074 (2019); Nano Lett. 19, 8758 (2019); Nano Lett. 20, 4573 (2020).

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry or a related subject and experience in these experimental techniques:
– Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy
– Optoelectronics
– Cryostat set-ups
– Mechanical exfoliation of 2D materials
– Lithography techniques

Although not compulsory, the following points will be considered:
– Previous knowledge in magnetism or spintronics.
– Strong track record in publications at the highest level.
– Self-motivated and a team player willing to coordinate the research in a particular topic.

We offer an international and competitive environment, state-of-the-art equipment, and the possibility to perform research at the highest level. Additionally, the candidate will benefit from the expertise of new members of our team with long standing experience in spectroscopic characterization of 2D materials and metal halide perovskites.

We promote teamwork in a diverse and inclusive environment and welcome all kinds of applicants regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

The position is expected to start in December 1, 2020 and for a total length of up to 2 years in the Nanodevices group. The contract will be funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under the Maria de Maeztu Units of Excellence program and the Plan Nacional research projects.

Candidates should apply by completing the form below and attaching the following documents:
1. A complete CV
2. A cover letter and two recommendation letters grouped in a single PDF file.

* All applications will receive an answer at the end of the selection process; but please note that due to the large number of submissions that are expected, we cannot provide individual feedback.
* Additional information about nanoGUNE’s commitment towards HR excellence in Research and Gender Equality are available on our website.

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