Postdoctoral researcher in spectroelectrochemistry of 2D materials

The successful applicant will work with Dr. Matěj Velický and his team on a project exploiting tunable electrochemistry and spectroscopy of two-dimensional (2D) materials.

You will develop a state-of-the-art in-situ spectroelectrochemical method for characterization, control, and tuning of 2D materials' properties. This will be achieved by combination of electrolyte gating with electronic transport and/or Raman/photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements at a micro- and nanoscale. This instrumentation will be applied to fundamental studies of the optical, electronic, and electrochemical properties of 2D materials, particularly graphene and semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). Specific phenomena, which will be investigated, include electronic transport at high-doping regimes in 2D materials induced by electrolyte gating, tuning the interaction between 2D materials and substrates, and elucidation of the charge screening breakdown in concentrated electrolytes.

This position is available for up to five years. Our team is part of a larger collaboration with the groups of Dr. Otakar Frank, Dr. Martin Kalbáč, and Prof. Ladislav Kavan, including more than 30 postdocs and PhDs. Our international collaborations include organizations in the UK, US, Germany, Hungary, New Zealand, and Finland. We share an extensive range of cutting-edge instrumental facilities, which include Raman spectrometers, TERS, AFM, thin-film deposition and characterization (XPS, UPS, LEED, ARPES), SEM/TEM, fluorescence spectrometer, UV/Vis/NIR spectrometer, ellipsometry, optical lithography, CVD and others.

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Type of contract: Temporary
Job status: Full-time
Offer starting date: July 2022

You will have a PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field or will be close to obtaining one. You will have an excellent understanding of, and experience in electrochemistry, electronic transport, Raman and/or photoluminescence spectroscopy, and 2D materials. You will be well versed in scientific work, including formulation of research plans, designing experiments, data analysis, formulation of conclusions and manuscript writing. We are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic colleague with passion for fundamental science. Excellent communication skills and ability to work within a large team of researchers is a must. The applicant will have a good track-record of publishing research articles in respected journals, commensurate with his/her career stage.

Desirable criteria include experience in Raman spectroscopy of graphene or TMDCs, micro-/nano-scale electrochemistry (microdroplet, SECM, SECCM), in-situ spectroelectrochemistry, scanning probe microscopy, 5+ publications in high-impact journals.

- 5 weeks paid leave of absence (holidays) per year + 3 days of paid sick-leave in addition to the statutory insurance
- Flexible working-time, the possibility of part-time work, work-life balance
- Lunch vouchers
- Subsidy for sport and cultural activities
- Recreation subsidy, recreation subsidy for children
- Possibility of attending children groups of the CAS
- Possibility to use discounts in recreation centers of the CAS
- Sports goods rental, free parking, trade union library
- Language courses
- Accommodation facilities‍

Eligibility criteria
To apply, please send your CV and motivation letter to (recruitment[at]jh-inst[dot]cas[dot]cz).
Please, write in the subject line of your email SC2022_12.‍

Selection process

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Application deadline
20. 5. 2022