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PhD Position: Collection and Analysis of Correlative Microscopy Data on Perovskite Materials 100 %

You love to work at the edge of data and materials science? This project on AI-based analysis of advanced microscopy data will certainly challenge your interdisciplinary skills.

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: As soon as possible

Your role

The goal of this project is to unravel correlations of microscopy images on emerging semiconductors with device performance. Questions are related to optical, electrical and ionic properties of the material. The tasks include the collection of experimental data, in particular in operando of perovskite thin films of various compositions and under varied conditions. The methodology is based on innovative ways of functionalizing e.g. the AFM tip and analysing the measurement data. Tasks include:

  • Micro scale characterization using confocal luminescence and Raman microscopy
  • Performing and developing AFM based methods (cAFM, KPFM, etc.) for advanced nano scale characterization
  • Developing approaches for advanced data analysis
  • Analysis of measurement data using AI approaches, e.g. image recognition
  • Possibly sample fabrication

Your profile

You are a highly motivated student whose desire is to perform cutting edge research. You enjoy working independently and developing creative solutions. You are an independent thinker and have high problem solving skills. You are eager to combine experimental and computer skills. You have:

  • An excellent Master degree in either data/computer science with strong background/interst in physics and materials science or vice versa
  • Good computer and programming skills
  • Good English skills

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 14'000 students and 3'400 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 14 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with an emphasis on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

In the Novel Semiconductor Devices group at the Institute of Computational Physics (ICP) we investigate the physics of solar cells and further optoelectronic devices using innovative characterization and modelling approaches. We perform cutting-edge fundamental and applied research in a young team of motivated scientists.

What you can expect

We offer working conditions and terms of employment commensurate with higher education institutions and actively promote personal development for staff in leadership and non-leadership positions. A detailed description of advantages and benefits can be found at Working at the ZHAW. The main points are listed below:


Wolfgang Tress
Head of Novel Semiconductor Devices Team

Jocelyn Schaad
Recruiting Manager

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Winterthur Region of Winterthur/Schaffhausen 8401