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PhD position on Nanoscale Thermal Management
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Published: 20 days ago
Application deadline: Jan 15
Location: Enschede, Netherlands
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PhD position on Nanoscale Thermal Management

Have you ever thought about controlling heat in a manner analogous to electricity? What if we combine Thermal Engineering and Nanotechnology for it?

Introduction

The ability to manipulate heat at the nano- and micro-scale in a manner analogous to electricity would revolutionize thermal management in electro-thermal systems. For example, development of thermal switches would enable better management of thermal transients than heat sinking alone. These novel components could protect both temperature sensitive electronics from unexpected or short transient events, as well as maintain a constant skin temperature in mobile devices. Moreover, the design of high-performance thermal diodes, switches or transistors could also give rise to new forms of information processing based on heat transfer or help to harvest energy more efficiently.

The development of thermal devices has rapidly attracted lots of interest in the last few years because these thermal components show a huge potential for rich transport phenomenon. Despite this interest, the field of thermal devices is not nearly as mature as their electrical counterparts. There is a plenty of room for improvement and different approaches, like using 2D- or 1D- materials or nano-engineering methods, to achieve larger control of the material properties to develop novel thermal devices.

Job description

We are looking for a talented PhD candidate that is willing to fabricate, characterize and measure the performance of nano- and micro-scale pioneer thermal devices using top-notch equipment from the MESA+ Institute and other facilities at the University of Twente. International PhD stays at Stanford University (California, USA), Soochow University (China), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York, USA) or the Institute of Micro- and Nano-electronics (Madrid, Spain), among others, might be possible.

Your profile

  • A strong interest and established experience in Nanotechnology and Transport Phenomena.
  • An MSc degree in Nanoscience, Condensed Matter Physics, Applied Physics, Material Science.
  • Excellent knowledge on heat transfer, nanotechnology & electrical and thermal metrology.
  • Experiences with experimental laboratory/clean-room work and having experience using AFM is a plus.
  • Experience in fabrication and physical characterization of  nanostructures is advantageous.
  • Analytical skills for heat transfer processes and modelling of these processes (Matlab, Finite Element Modelling).

Overall

  • Critical and creative approach to the research, as well as sharp analytical skills.
  • Pro-active and result-oriented team worker in an academic environment.
  • Capability to solve problems independently, but also be able to work with interdisciplinary teams - Good communication and interpersonal skills to organize research with both academics and professionals - Good communication (verbal and writing) skills in English.
  • Interested in getting involved in educational tasks.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

Information about the departments is available at: https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/tfe/research-groups/TE/
Information about the research line is available at: https://www.utwente.nl/en/et/tfe/researchgroups/TE/research/subjects/Advanced_Materials/

More information about this position can be obtained from Dr. Muñoz Rojo (m.munozrojo@utwente.nl)

Your application should be submitted before 15-1-2019.

Please send the following documents through the link below: 
  • BSc and MSc grade lists
  • Documentation proving your English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation, and names of possible references
  • A motivation letter why you would be a suitable candidate
  • CV
  • Since only three documents can be uploaded per application, please combine documents if needed.

Our offer

We offer a challenging full-time PhD position, starting February 2019 or later in an inspiring multidisciplinary environment.

  • We provide excellent mentorship and a stimulating research environment with excellent facilities;
  • You will be given the opportunity to acquire teaching experience;
  • You are offered a professional and personal development program within Graduate School Twente;
  • A starting salary of € 2.325 (per 1-2-2019) gross per month in the first year and a salary of € 2.992 in the fourth year gross per month;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 29 holidays per year in case of full-time employment;

The organization

The University of Twente. We stand for life sciences and technology. High tech and human touch. Education and research that matter. New technology which leads change, innovation and progress in society. The University of Twente is the only campus university of the Netherlands; divided over five faculties we provide more than fifty educational programmes. We have a strong focus on personal development and talented researchers are given scope for carrying out groundbreaking research.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status. Because of our diversity values we do particularly support women to apply.

The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET)
is one of the five faculties of the University of Twente. ET combines Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. Our faculty has approximately 1800 bachelor and master students, 400 employees and 150 PhD candidates. The departments of the faculty cooperatively conduct the educational programmes and participate in interdisciplinary research projects, programmes and the research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centra and Digital Society Institute.

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