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Training in: Semiconductor physics and materials properties as well as synchrotron radiation microscopy.

So far, the mechanisms responsible for the degradation, mitigation or enhancement of the nanostructure and device performances have been mostly revealed separately without establishing a direct link between properties and eventual operation or failure. Although the interplay between the microscopic properties and functionality is essential to design better materials and improve device capabilities, such in operando studies have remained challenging with nanoscale resolution.

The research will focus on operando investigations of III-Sb nanostructures and devices using state-of-the-art hard X-ray nanobeams. We seek to investigate III-Sb nanostructures using X-ray nanobeams, owing to its large penetration depths, high spatial resolution and sensitivity. Only our ability to control multiple property-function relationships taking place in the spatial and time domains under real working conditions will allow us to obtain their full potential.

For this purpose, the hard X-ray nanoprobes of different synchrotron radiation facilities will be exploited to gather the experimental data. The candidate will learn and use multiple X-ray based techniques like X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption, X-ray beam induced current and X-ray excited optical luminescence. With them, he will analyze the electronic structure, short- and long-range order, composition, optical as well as transport response of different materials and devices at the nanoscale.


Institution: The Spanish Research Council, CSIC, is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe with more than 15,000 staff, of which more than 3,000 are staff researchers.
Institute/Laboratory: The Materials Science Institute of Madrid (ICMM) is part of CSIC and has 350 employees dedicated to research on advanced materials for information technologies, energy, photonics, electronics, surfaces-astrophysics and materials chemistry by cutting-edge analytical methods. With a multicultural and international atmosphere, ICMM has a versatile experimental platform for the development and characterization of advanced materials including X-ray nanobeams.
Location/City: ICMM is located at the Autónoma University Campus (Madrid, Spain) and well connected with Madrid city center by train and bus.


We seek an excellent, open-minded and team-spirited PhD candidate with:
Graduation: a Physics, Chemistry or Engineering degree.
Post-graduation: successful candidates will have a separate Master in a scientific field, or, an integrated Master (MPhys, MSci, MEng, MChem etc.). Previous experience in a research environment involving solid state physics, synchrotron science or similar will be positively considered.
Other: The successful candidate should have good knowledge and interest in both experimental and theoretical work.

How to Apply

Candidates can apply to a maximum of four different ESR positions in the network using the links below. Applications must include the following documents:
  1. An internal application form listing your academic and job records (.docx template available here).
  2. A free format CV (pdf format max 2 Mb)
  3. Official documentation such as degree and grades certificates will be required at a later stage.
The deadline for application is 31st January 2021.
Attempts to apply to more than four positions using different registration profiles will invalidate your candidature.