PhD Position in Tuning Graphene´s Electronic Properties (1.0 FTE)

University of Groningen




Founded in 1614, the University of Groningen enjoys an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. Flexible study programmes and academic career opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines encourage the 31,000 students and researchers alike to develop their own individual talents. As one of the best research universities in Europe, the University of Groningen has joined forces with other top universities and networks worldwide to become a truly global centre of knowledge.

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a fully funded 4-year PhD position in the Surface Science group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen.

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials carries out curiosity-driven, symbiotic studies of functional materials involving researchers from physics, chemistry and biology. The Institute houses state of the art equipment for preparation and analysis of materials and devices in the realm of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Job Description

Symmetry breaking at interfaces between dissimilar materials is known to produce fascinating emergent behaviour, offering numerous possibilities for its utilization in future applications like electronics or sensors. In the present project, we will explore 2D materials and their Van der Waals heterostructures. The 2D materials as well as their heterostructures will be grown and fabricated via both mechanical exfoliation and chemical vapour deposition. In particular, the combination of conducting (e.g. graphene) with either semiconducting (e.g. transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD) like MoS2 or WSe2) or insulating (e.g. hBN) 2D materials will be investigated. It is the aim to exploit such materials systems for tuning the electronic as well as the magnetic properties. Investigation of the structural and electronic properties will be done by scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, while the magnetic properties will be investigated with magneto-optic Kerr effect, photoluminescence, and 4-probe transport measurements.


We are looking for a motivated candidate with:

  • a master´s degree in Physics, Material Sciences or Physical Chemistry
  • preferably some experimental experience in surface science, ultrahigh vacuum or 2D materials
  • a good command of English (orally and written), enthusiasm and a team player
  • a passion for science
  • excellent communication skills
  • the ability to write scientific papers and deliver presentations.

Conditions of Employment

We offer you in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities:

  • a salary of € 2,325 gross per month in the first year to a maximum of € 2,972 gross per month in the final year (salary scale Dutch Universities), based on a full-time position (1.0 FTE)
  • an holiday allowance of 8% gross annual income
  • an 8.3% end-of-the year allowance.

The position offered is for four years. Each successful candidate will first be offered a temporary position of one year with the option of renewal for another three years. Prolongation of the contract is contingent on sufficient progress in the first year to indicate that a successful completion of the PhD thesis within the contract period is to be expected. A PhD training programme is part of the agreement and the successful candidate will be enrolled in the Graduate School of the Faculty. The conditions of employment are available at the University of Groningen website under Human Resources:

We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the University. Therefore, female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

How to apply
You may apply for this position until 13 June 11.59pm / before 14 June 2019 Dutch local time (CEST) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).

The preferred starting date is September 2019. Interviews will be held as soon as possible.

Do you meet our qualification criteria? If yes, your application should include:

  • cover letter with background and motivation for this position
  • curriculum vitae, including details of bachelor´s and master´s degrees and publication list, if applicable
  • detailed (1-2 pages) description of previous research experience, such as the bachelor´s/master´s research projects
  • contact details of 2 people who can provide information on your suitability for the position.

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. We have adopted an active policy to increase the number of female scientists across all disciplines of the university. Therefore, women are encouraged to apply. Our selection procedure follows the guidelines of the Recruitment code (NVP), and European Commission's European Code of Conduct for recruitment of researchers,

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