RESEARCHER II in the Field of Thin Film-High Entropy Materials Deposition and Analysis

Workplace: Department of Physical Electronics, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic
Type of Contract: temporary position with 1-year contract (with possible extension), non-academic
Working Hours: 1 FTE (full-time employment of 40 hours per week)
Expected Start Date: negotiable with respect to immigration timelines for non-EU candidates.
Number of Open Positions: 1
Pay: negotiable
Application Deadline: 23.03.2023
EU Researcher Profile: R2

About the Workplace
Masaryk University is modern, dynamic and the most attractive university in the Czech Republic with ten faculties, more than 6000 staff and 30 000 students, a wide range of research areas and a strong international position. We are the largest academic employer in the South Moravian Region.

Faculty of Science MU, a holder of the HR Excellence in Research Award by the European Commission, is a research-oriented faculty, offering university education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degree programs) closely linked to both primary and applied research and high school teaching of the following sciences: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Earth sciences. We are the most productive scientific unit of the Masaryk University generating around 40 % of MU research results.

The Department of Physical Electronics at the Faculty of Science, Masaryk University provides courses and guarantees fundamental and applied research in the fields on plasma physics, plasma applications including deposition of thin films by PVD and nanotechnology. It has a tradition of more than 50 years.
The R&D Centre for Plasma and Nanotechnology Surface Modifications (CEPLANT) was established in 2010 as part of the Department of Physical Electronics and was funded by the European Structural Funds and has been recognized by the European Union as a Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) centre. CEPLANT is also included on Roadmap of Large Research Infrastructures of the Czech Republic. CEPLANT boasts a rich network of cooperating institutions in the world. Cooperation with colleagues in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary is expected within the proposed position.

Job Description
The postdoc will work at the PVDlab, which is a part of the CEPLANT centre. The project focuses on the deposition of coatings of high entropy alloys and high entropy ceramics by magnetron sputtering and their further complex analyses by methods available at the centre (SEM, EDX, XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, nanoindentation) as well as by methods available at cooperating institutions within Europe (TEM, tribological properties, thermal and oxidation stability,…). The current focus is on materials for machining and materials for green, efficient energy storage in Li-ion batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. The project is, therefore, in the border area between Physics, Materials Chemistry and Engineering sciences. The main content of the work will be basic research, and we expect cooperation with an industrial partner on up-scaling in a later phase. The specific topic will be chosen by the candidate’s background and by the goals of projects that are currently under review by different funding agencies.

Key Duties:

  • To choose the deposition conditions and independently carry out the depositions by magnetron sputtering
  • To measure the properties of the coatings, analyse the data and use them as feedback for establishing further experiments
  • To publish the research outputs
  • To propose and develop new areas of research within the research group

Skills and Qualifications
The applicant must have:

  • Ph.D. Degree in Physics, Materials Chemistry, Engineering or in nearby scientific fields
  • Experience in preparation of thin films or coatings, materials characterization, and previous publications in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in nanostructured and high-entropy materials are an advantage.
  • Good communication skills (oral and written) in English

The applicant should have:
The candidate should have a strong motivation for the research project and to be able to contribute with creative ideas, be structured, ready to work independently as well as in a group, be prepared to collaborate with scientists from other research groups and/or universities and be able to co-manage a group of students.
Informal inquiries about the position can be sent to assoc. prof. Pavel Souček, email Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., tel. 00420 549 49 8769.

We Offer

  • International workplace with a motivated team of researchers and students
  • Access to modern deposition and analysis techniques
  • Worldwide contacts with specialised measurement equipment
  • An interesting job in a dynamically expanding university area
  • Flexible working hours and occasional home office to support personal needs in family and career compatibility
  • Employee benefits such as 6 weeks of paid vacation per year, pension insurance contribution, a financial meal allowance, lunches in canteens of MU, Multisport card, vaccinations free of charge, discounted language courses, university cinema discount, exclusive mobile tariff offer by Vodafone, childcare group-Campus and Komenského náměstí
  • Opportunity to work and live in a modern and dynamic city (for more information on costs of living, you can refer to Numbeo)
  • International Staff Office provides support with your relocation to Brno

Application Process
The application shall be submitted online by 23 March 2023 via an e-application, please find the reference to the e-application here: https://www.muni.cz/en/about-us/careers/vacancies/76064.
The candidate shall provide following:

  • CV (max two pages)
  • Cover letter describing candidate's research interests and experience, especially regarding the topics listed above as important for this position
  • Summary of research outputs and publications
  • Names and contact details of at least 2 references

After submitting your application successfully, you will receive an automatic confirmation email from jobs.muni.cz.

Selection Process
Received applications will be considered carefully in line with principles of the EU Charter and Code for Researchers. Selection criteria: (i) meeting qualification requirements described above, (ii) all required documents provided.
If we do not contact you within 10 working days after the application deadline at the latest, it means that we have shortlisted other candidates meeting the position requirements.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a personal or online interview.
The Faculty Recruitment Policy (OTM-R) can be seen here.

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