Postdoctoral Position in Electron Microscopy at Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

  A 3 year post-doctoral position in high resolution electron microscopy is available at the Center for Electron Nanoscopy. The project is focused on understanding the early stages of the growth of graphene sheets in order to optimize the process conditions and the fundamentals underlying its unique properties.

The project will involve mainly four topics all of which require the use of primarily environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) and probe corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. 
1) The early stages of graphene growth will be monitored from the first nucleation to the formation of plates from different catalyst materials. 
2) The actual growth mechanism and dissolution of carbon in the growth catalyst will be investigated.
3) Monitoring the quality of the as-grown graphene. This involves detecting the grain boundaries in the material as well as accurately determining the number of graphene layers grown as well as determining the level of polycrystallinity. 
4) Characterise nanopatterned graphene and support the development of methods for reducing disorder and controlling edge structure and chemistry.

The Center for Electron Nanoscopy consists of a team of dedicated researchers working on various aspects of electron microscopy, including monochromation, aberration correction cryo and 3-dimensional electron back-scatter diffraction. All techniques that can be drawn upon and included in the project as necessary. The post-doctoral researcher will be working closely with a post-doc at DTU Nanotech who focus on device fabrication.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent) in physics or micro/nanotechnology and have extensive experience in working with high-resolution electron microscopy. Priority will be given to applicants with documented experience in aberration correction, sample preparation and graphene. You should furthermore be highly motivated, hardworking and easy to work with, ambitious, and have a high scientific standard.

The candidate will work in a part of large European Integrated Project in the FP7, featuring a number of leading academic and industrial partners, and aiming to make large scale graphene and applications thereof a practical reality, as well as in a large national basic research center focused on graphene nanoengineering. Excellent communication and language skills as well as a team-oriented attitude are therefore requested, and some experience with project management is also beneficial. Experience with European projects or other international collaborative projects will also count in favour.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from Jakob Birkedal Wagner ( or Thomas Willum Hansen (

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Application procedure
We must have your online application by 9 January 2012. Please open the link “apply for this job online” and fill in the application form and attach your application and CV. The material that should be given consideration in the assessment must be attached.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

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