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PhD Studentships - Atomic Layer Interface Engineering for Nanoelectronics

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Newcastle University
17 April 2012
North East England > Tyne & Wear
Course fee
not specified

Further information

PhD Studentships - Atomic Layer Interface Engineering for Nanoelectronics

  • Reference Code: EE029

Closing Date: 25th May 2012


Name of Supervisors
Professor A O'Neill , School of Electrical Electronic Engineering

Professor P Cumpson , School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, within nanoLAB University Research Centre

EPSRC and Analog Devices Inc

Duration of the Award
3 years

Project Description
We are seeking two outstanding candidates to join a cross-disciplinary team of university and industry scientists/engineers to investigate the intriguing prospect of using insulators to improve the electrical conductivity of metal/semiconductor contacts.

The project covers sputtering and atomic layer deposition (ALD) for thin film deposition with extensive material and electrical characterisation to understand the thin films and their interfaces.  You will work in one or more of these areas depending on your interests. Project partners include Cambridge University, Helsinki University, Analog Devices Inc, Petec/CPI and National Physical Laboratory.

The Emerging Materials and Technology group have clean rooms handling wafers up to 200 mm.  The university hosts the EPSRC National Facility for XPS.  Climate controlled characterisation facilities house many unique tools including AFM, Raman and probe stations for I-V and C-V measurements, high frequency measurements to 67 GHz and noise.

Value of the Award of Eligibility
Each award has a different sponsor:

(1) EPSRC funded award. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC's eligibility criteria you may be entitled to a full (covers UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend) or partial award (covers UK/EU tuition fees only).

(2) The Analog Devices studentship is available to any applicant subject to approval by both Analog and Newcastle University.  Depending on your qualification, experience and circumstances, part studentships may be offered.

Person Specification
You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in one of the physical sciences or engineering.  Preference will be given to applicants with physics, electrical engineering or materials degrees.

How to Apply
To apply for the studentship please complete the University's online postgraduate application form , selecting 'PhD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - Nanoscale Sci and Tech (Nanoelectronics)'. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement or research proposal is required) but you must attach a copy of your CV and a covering letter, quoting the title of the studentship and reference number ee029

Closing Date for Applications
15 April 2012. Early application is advised as applications will only be considered until a suitable candidate is found.

Further Information
For more details, please contact Professor A O'Neill,

Newcastle University

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