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Research Position on Frequency Modulation in Dynamic AFM

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  • Full or part time
    Prof Georg Schitter
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Advanced Mechatronic Systems Group (AMS) at the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN) of Vienna University of Technology has a fully funded research position (full-time, 40 hours/week) at the PhD-student or Post-Doc level, working on a project for nano-metrology and scanning probe microscopy.

Project goal:
This project aims towards the development of a novel dynamic measurement mode in atomic force microscopy (AFM). In a first step, the feasibility of a frequency-modulation-based measurement mode should be analyzed, particularly for measurement under ambient conditions and AFM measurements in aqueous solutions. Based on this analysis, in a second step this frequency-modulation AFM measurement mode should be developed and implemented. Eventually a prototype implementation on one of the AFM systems available in our lab should be verified by real imaging experiments.
The starting date is planned as soon as possible, depending on the availability and preference of the successful candidate, but no later than 1st February 2019.

We are looking for candidates holding an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent, preferably with a strong background in at least one area of mechatronics, scientific instrumentation, electronics, metrology, measurement systems, precision engineering, system engineering, or modeling and control engineering.
Good fundamentals, excellent grades, and interest in mathematics and physics are prerequisites. Motivation to pursue novel research in close collaboration with well-reputed international industry partners and research universities is essential. Thus good communicational skills, fluency in English or German, and a goal-oriented work attitude as member of a dynamic international research team are expected.

We offer:
In the AMS group we perform application-oriented fundamental research on scientific instrumentation, precision engineering, and mechatronic imaging systems. We are a group of young and international researchers, who enjoy working in a friendly and dynamic research environment with daily interaction among all group members. We offer the opportunity to perform scientifically challenging research in a multi-disciplinary research environment and strong collaboration with industrial, governmental, and university research laboratories. Further career growth in all teaching, research, and challenging applications is provided.

Conditions of employment:
The appointment will be for a period of up to four years. As an employee of the TU Vienna you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent secondary benefits package, including a flexible work week, health insurance, social security, and additional company retirement benefits. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Austrian universities.
The annual gross salary of a research assistant (PhD student) in the first year starts at € 39.124,
and grows to € 46.385 in the 4th year of the appointment. The annual gross salary of a post-doc assistant starts at € 51.955.

How to apply:
To apply for this position, please email your application in pdf-format to [Email Address Removed]
• a cover letter, including a statement that gives your motivation for this position
• a full CV, and your grades
• an abstract of your MSc thesis and a list of your publications (if any), and
• the names and contact information of two professional references

The position will remain open until filled, but an early date for application is preferred and encouraged.

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