PhD Scholarship in Materials Science

University of Tartu is pleased to invite applicants to apply for PhD position in materials science. This position is available for all students around the world. Applications are invited up to January 28, 2015.

Applications are invited for PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers” ESR) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “MICACT – Microactuators” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The ESR will obtain PhD with a wide experience in materials engineering and/or mechatronics engineering. The main objective is to develop polypyrrole – Carbon (PPy/C) hybrid materials for improved actuation of IEAPs. It showed that PPy – Carbide Derived Carbon (CDC) hybrid materials resulted in interesting properties such as an improved volume change per unit of charge. ESR will collaborate with Linköping University (Sweden).

The composite materials will result in improved actuation performance. The composites will have a higher conductivity, better charge and ion injection and thus larger strain. ESR will develop a variety of methods to fabricate these composites, e.g. one-pot electrochemical synthesis and inkjet or 3D printing of aerogels combined with electrosynthesis, will adapt the synthesis for microfabrication and demonstrate IEAP microactuators.

Salary: Unspecified.

Application Requirements
The main objective of this project is to establish an electromechanical model including both the charge transport dynamics and mechanical responses of actuators based on conducting polymers and nanocarbons. We will combine several techniques for analyzing both the electrochemical and mechanical responses. The influence of the chemical medium on the bending rate and the force will be investigated. The methodology to test materials and qualify the devices will be established. The ESR will be hired by Estrotech OÜ.

The PhD programme will be provided by University of Tartu. The host contact person will give additional information about to apply for PhD student position at specific university.

How to apply?
Interested candidates should send their CV and Letter of Motivations to email bellow. Earlier application gives an advantage.

 Positions will be filled starting from March 1st.

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