PhD Position Strain Controlled Electronics Properties of Complex Oxide Heterostructures

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark is offering PhD position in sustainable energy. The funding allows successful candidate to work for 3 years. This position is closed on September 03, 2019.

Do you want to work in the field of advanced materials and be involved in high profile research project on the forefront of science?

We have an available position as a PhD student in the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage (DTU Energy), Technical Universityof Denmark (DTU) on a research project dealing with implementation of a new strain device to oxide interfaces while using angle- resolved photoemission (ARPES) experiments to directly measure the electronic structure of these systems at the Swiss Light Source - SLS at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). This is a collaborative work within the EuroTech Universities Alliance where another PhD working on related area will be hired at the in Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland in collaboration with the large-scale facilities atPaul Scherrer Institute(PSI).

Oxide heterostructures, such as the canonical LaAlO /SrTiO heterostructure, have gained immense attention recently as they exhibit a wealth of exciting and co-existing properties including gate-tunable superconductivity, ferromagnetism and persistent photocurrent. As many of these properties go well beyond what is typically used in traditional electronics based on semiconductors, the oxides have the potential for being used to design novel electronic components based on fundamentally different operating principles or energy-saving strategies. We have for several years worked extensively on SrTiO -based heterostructures and discovered a multitude of exciting properties.Using external strain stimuli applied to the same sample is still largely an unexplored topic and, if achieved, could open the door to fine tuning of physical properties in thin film oxides in a new and elegant way, leading to exciting research in emerging materials and applications. The goal of this PhD project is to implement and operate a newly designed strain device to apply continuous external stress on bare SrTiO , SrTiO -based and TiO -based oxide interfaces while using angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES) experiments to directly measure the resulting electronic structure at the Swiss Light Source - SLS at the Paul Scherrer Institute(PSI).

Candidates should hold a Master's degree (or equivalent), preferably in a physics, nanoscience, or a materials science-related discipline.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by the Head of section Prof. Nini Pryds (

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the .

DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

The expected starting date is flexible and would be discussed directly with the successful candidate. Workplace is DTU Energy, DTU, Lyngby, Denmark.

For further information please contact Prof. Nini Pryds (

Please do not send applications to these e-mail addresses, instead apply online as described below.

Please submit your online application no later than3 September 2019.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link “Apply online”, fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

DTU Energy is focusing on functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technology. Our research areas include fuel cells, electrolysis, solar cells, magnetic refrigeration, superconductivity and thermoelectrics. Additional information about the department can be found on

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 6,000 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society, and our 11,200 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent university collaborating globally with business, industry, government and public agencies.


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