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volume: full time
restriction: until 31.03.2026
salary: EG 13 TV-L
beginning: 01.04.2023

The Research Training Group on Tip- and laser-based 3D-Nanofabrication in extended macroscopic working areas “NanoFab” at the Technische Universität Ilmenau (Germany) offers a full-time, three-year position starting April 1 2023 for:

a Postgraduate Researcher (PostDoc) in the field

of scanning probe technologies (f/m/d)

as soon as possible.

Your tasks

The successful candidate should explore alternative approaches for scanning probe lithography, with a focus on piezoelectric, self-sensing and self-actuating microcantilevers. The topic can be addressed from both, microengineering and electronics backgrounds and should also consider the challenges of long-term stability and efficiency of scanning probe-based nanostructuring in extended macroscopic working areas.

The position is a unique opportunity for Postgraduate Researchers to implement their own ideas within the framework of the Research Training Group. The Research Training Group "NanoFab" is funded by the German Research Foundation and aims to synergistically combine sophisticated nanofabrication techniques with the fascinating capabilities of nanopositioning and nanometrology machines. Further details on the current projects and the scope can be found at www.tu-ilmenau.de/nanofab. We offer a creative, inspiring and excellent research environment, outstanding laboratory facilities, e.g. Center for Micro- and Nanotechnologies, comprehensive scientific supervision and an international scientific network. The Technische Universität Ilmenau is a campus university in a scenic setting in the heart of Germany and offers also numerous opportunities for sports, culture and other personal activities.

Your profile

    In addition to outstanding master’s degree, PhD research and relevant journal publications (peer-reviewed), we expect from applicants very good English skills, scientific creativity, team spirit and willingness to cooperate in an interdisciplinary and international team, as well as the motivation to acquire third-party funding for extended research.

        Applicants should upload their complete set of documents (max. 20 MB):

        • Cover letter convincingly stating your motivation
        • Curriculum vitae
        • Publication/conference participation list
        • abstract of your PhD thesis
        • short list of scientific highlights to date
        • scanned academic certificates

        Please provide evidence of the qualifications required for the job by certificates and references.

        What we offer you:

        From individual advancement with a wide range of continuing education opportunities to a variety of health and recreational offerings, you can expect an appreciative working environment at a renowned university at TU Ilmenau. In addition to an attractive, familyfriendly working hours model, you will also benefit from advantages such as the use of the dining halls of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen, as well as participation in the various attractive sports offerings of the University Sports Center.

        The university stands in the fields of technology, mathematics and natural sciences, business and media for teaching and research at the highest level. She attaches particular importance to innovative teaching and interdisciplinarity. She identifies with Humboldt's ideals and pursues the vision of a cosmopolitan campus family.

        Technische Universität Ilmenau is holder of the „TOTAL E-Quality“ distinction and emphasizes gender equality.

        Severely disabled applicants with essentially identical professional suitability will be preferentially selected.

        Technische Universität Ilmenau offers flexible working time models.


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