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Material characterization with Atomic Force Microscopy


Graduate School

Prof Arzu Colak Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Physics of Surfaces and Interfaces (PSI) research group (www.psi-afm-lab.com) at Clarkson University is looking for a PhD candidate to work under the supervision of Prof. Arzu Çolak. The project lies at the intersection of physics and materials science, and aims to understand the physics of materials at the nanoscale with atomic force microscopy (AFM).

Qualification include:

  1. A bachelor or a master degree in Physics (GPA > 3.0)
  2. Experience in atomic force microscopy (AFM) is preferred, but not required.
  3. International applicants are required to provide English proficiency scores. The accepted test with the minimum required scores are : TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo Test (115).
  4. A GRE score of at least 307 (148 V / 159 Q) is recommended. 

While this is a Teaching Assistantship, the selected candidate will be expected to participate in the research described above, in additional to instructional support.

The position is an experimental study and aims to characterize the physical properties of materials at the nanoscale with atomic force microscopy.

Clarkson University’s International Center will provide visa support to non-US citizens.

Clarkson University is a private, national research University leading in technological education and sustainable economic development. Clarkson offers graduate programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences, with onsite, online and hybrid modes of study. We educate 4,300 students and pursue interdisciplinary research, scholarship and innovation.

Clarkson’s main campus is located in Potsdam, New York, on the historic 640-acre wooded homestead of the Clarkson family in the foothills of the Adirondack Park. With roughly 15,000+ year-round residents, the Village of Potsdam is nestled along the Raquette River in the heart of St. Lawrence County.


Funding Notes

The selected applicant will received a tuition waiver, along with a stipend of approximately $25,000 per year.

For consideration, please complete graduate application at View Website. Required credentials include: transcripts, CV/resume, 3 letters of recommendation, Statement of Purpose, GRE results, and proof of English proficiency.

You may also send your CV to with subject line “Material characterization with Atomic Force Microscopy.”

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