PostDoc – Quantum Nanomaterials, ICN2 & ALBA Synchrotron, Barcelona, Spain

Postdoc in Spain

PostDoc – Quantum Nanomaterials: The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is seeking a highly motivated PostDoc to join Prof. Jordi Arbiol’s group. This position focuses on atomic scale scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) characterization of quantum materials and devices. The research will involve advanced STEM-related atomic scale characterization of state-of-the-art semiconductor and hybrid devices for quantum applications.

PostDoc – Quantum Nanomaterials and Hybrid Semiconductor/Superconductor Heterostructures at the Atomic-Scale – ICN2 & ALBA Synchrotron

Designation: PostDoc Researcher

Research Area: Advanced Electron Nanoscopy

Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona)


  • Education: Ph.D. degree in physical sciences, materials science, nanotechnology, or related fields.
  • Knowledge and Professional Experience:
    • Operation of transmission electron microscopes, including detailed knowledge of main physical principles, concepts, and applications of electron microscopy.
    • Advanced sample preparation (FIB) and data analysis skills.
    • Preferred knowledge:
      • Operation of advanced transmission/scanning electron microscopes using aberration-corrected optics and direct electron detection systems.
      • 4D-STEM analysis.
      • Data collection and interpretation of electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).
      • Cooling/heating in-situ S/TEM analysis, temperature holders.
      • e-tomography.
      • Basic knowledge of semiconductor and superconductor physics.
      • Experience with semiconductor heterostructures analyses, 2D structures, nanowires.
  • Personal Competences:
    • Excellent interpersonal skills to interact with co-workers promptly and professionally.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
    • Previous experience in delivering oral technical presentations to scientific audiences.

Job Description: The successful candidate will engage in focused ion beam (FIB) sample preparation and utilize analytical techniques such as energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The research will emphasize low-loss EELS and valence EELS (VEELS) bandgap mapping in hybrid semi-super heterostructures. The candidate will also supervise and train MSc and PhD students.

Available Instruments:

  • Thermo Fisher Spectra 300 and ULTRA with advanced EDS and EELS systems.
  • DENSsolutions ARCTIC, STREAM, and CLIMATE sample holders.
  • FEI F20 200 KeV STEM, EELS + EDX.
  • Fully Automated FIB Helios 5UX.
  • FEI SEM Quanta and SEM Magellan.

Summary of Conditions:

  • Full-time work (37.5h/week).
  • Contract Length: Temporary (3 years).
  • Location: Bellaterra (Barcelona).
  • Salary will depend on qualifications and demonstrated experience.
  • Support for relocation issues.
  • Life Insurance.
  • Estimated incorporation date: September.

How to Apply: All applications must be made via the ICN2 website and include:

  • A cover letter.
  • A full CV including contact details.
  • 2 reference letters or referee contacts.

Applications will be continuously reviewed. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

Last Date for Apply: Applications will be continuously reviewed until the position is filled.

Equal opportunities: ICN2 is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities. ICN2 follows the procedure for contracting people with disabilities according to article 59 of the Royal Decree 1/2015, of 30 October.



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