At the Science, Engineering and Technology Group, jointly between the Faculty of Engineering Science, Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), Division MICAS and the Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Laboratory for Semiconductor Physics at KU Leuven (Leuven, Arenberg) there is currently a vacancy in the field of ultralow energy scale materials, devices and systems. We are looking for an internationally oriented candidate with an excellent research record and with educational competence exploring the fundamental physical challenges and engineering implementations related to the field of ultralow-energy scale materials, devices and systems. The Division MICAS of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) has a research focus on microelectronic circuits and sensors. Besides circuit design this also comprises research on nano- and micro-electromechanical systems (N/MEMS). The Laboratory for Semiconductor Physics of the Department of Physics and Astronomy has a research focus on developing novel materials and new physical concepts paving the way to low power applications. Both research divisions have elaborate, up-to-date research infrastructure at its disposal to fulfil these needs. This includes state-of-the-art thin film growth and characterisation facilities as well as a cleanroom for micro- and nanofabrication. This infrastructure is partly located in the new Corelab facilities of the Science, Engineering and Technology Group.
The Division MICAS of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) has a research focus on microelectronic circuits and sensors. Besides circuit design this also comprises research on Nano and Micro Electromechanical Systems (N/MEMS). The Laboratory for Semiconductor Physics of the Department of Physics and Astronomy has a research focus on developing novel materials and new physical concepts paving the way to low power applications. Both research divisions have elaborate, up-to-date research infrastructure at its disposal to fulfil these needs. This includes state-of-the-art thin film growth and characterisation facilities semiconductor technology has been scaling its dimensions for many decades now. As of today, technology scaling is still ongoing but becomes more difficult to pursue. This has led to many ‘beyond CMOS’, including ‘More than Moore’, developments. Common examples are silicon MEMS, flexible electronics, optical technologies, carbon-nanotubes, nanowires, nanoscale 3D FINFET like structures, etc. Despite the scaling and these new approaches, the developments in electronic devices and new usage paradigms have added an exponentially growing need for more power-hungry sensing and computations. Furthermore, there is a plethora of emerging applications, for instance, in the realms of the internet of things (IOT), autonomous driving, real-time health monitoring devices, etc. that all require their share of energy. This growing energy consumption is however completely unsustainable, and it is urgently needed to drastically rethink the entire fabric of the hardware that composes the current generation of micro- and nanoscale materials, devices and systems. The existing semiconductor device concepts with their large bandgaps, high dopant energy levels, electronic defects and built-in fields and voltages make ultralow voltage and power operation impossible. This thus creates a need for completely novel and unconventional approaches including new materials (2D materials, Mott insulators, topological insulator, etc.) and new physical concepts (layer transfer, wafer bonding, phase transition control, defect engineering, etc.) to be explored for practical implementation in a number of ultralow-energy devices and systems, including in the field of N/MEMS with their associated interface and control circuits.
The research focus of this vacancy is thus oriented towards the discovery, design and fabrication of novel types of materials, devices and systems with an emphasis on new concepts for ultralow energy, and is situated at the frontier between physics and engineering. This is in combination with a broad interest for other, related, research domains: e.g. (ab-initio) simulations, surface and interface physics, optics, material science, microfluidics, integration of micro- and nanosystems, packaging and interconnects.
In this context, the MICAS Division and the Laboratory for Semiconductor Physics jointly are looking for a full-time researcher with a first-class reputation in the domains of nanoelectronics and micro/nano-electromechanics research, solid-state physics and device physics. Both divisions have an excellent reputation and a large network in this domain, which is expected to be sustained and expanded by the candidate. The multidisciplinary nature of this research is self-evident and should also be continued. Cooperation with local and international research groups is an integral part of the strategy, that also must link to the many opportunities of cooperation with industry. It is obvious, that guidance of PhD students at KU Leuven is essential to the research tasks.
It is expected that the candidate is capable of acquiring sufficient financial means for his/her research. Maintaining the delicate balance between fundamental, government or university funded, research and applied projects funded by industry is the main challenge. Industrial valorisation of the research results is also considered an essential part of the job.
You ensure high-quality education within the domains of nanoelectronics, micro/nanoelectromechanics and solid-state physics with a clear commitment for the quality of the programme as a whole. You also contribute to the pedagogic project of the faculty/university through the supervision of master theses and as a promoter of PhD students.
You develop your teaching in accordance with KU Leuven’s vision on activating and research-based education and make use of the possibilities for educational professionalization offered by the faculty and the university.
You are prepared to provide scientific, social and internal services. You will be expected to participate in technical programme committees, journal reviews, (public) social debates, etc.
You have a PhD degree in engineering science or physics or a related subject.
You have experience with research in the fields of solid-state physics, nanoelectronics or nanoelectromechanics.
You have successfully built bridges between solid-state physics and engineering incorporating novel concepts from both fields, combining for instance new materials in novel device and systems.
You have experience with the setup and management of technological infrastructure in a general laboratory and a cleanroom environment.
You have a strong research profile. The quality of your research is proven by publications in prominent international journals and/or books. International experience is an important advantage.
You have demonstrable qualities related to academic education. Teaching experience is an advantage.
You possess organisational skills and have a cooperative attitude. You also possess leadership capacities within a university context.
Proficiency in English is required. The official administrative language used at KU Leuven is Dutch. If you do not speak Dutch (or do not speak it well) at the start of employment, KU Leuven will provide language training to enable you to take part in administrative meetings.
Before teaching courses in Dutch or English, you will be given the opportunity to learn Dutch, respectively English, to the required standard.
We offer a full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied scientific research. It is highly inter- and multidisciplinary focused and strives for international excellence. In this regard, it actively works together with research partners in Belgium and abroad. It provides its students with an academic education that is based on high-quality scientific research.
You will work in Leuven, a historic, dynamic and lively city located in the heart of Belgium, within 20 minutes from Brussels, the capital of the European Union, and less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam.
Depending on your record and qualifications, you will be appointed to or tenured in one of the four grades of the senior academic staff: assistant professor, associate professor, professor or full professor. In principle, junior researchers are appointed as assistant professor on the tenure track for a period of 5 years; after this period and following a positive evaluation, they are permanently appointed or tenured as associate professor.
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To facilitate scientific onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase a starting grant of 100.000 euro is offered to new professors without substantial other funding, appointed for at least 50%.
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- your biosketch in which you indicate your added value as an academic for research, education and service to society of your past career and of your future activities (maximum 2 pages);
- a file on your five most important publications or realizations;
- an extensive cv including a full publication list and if applicable a portfolio of your architectural projects;
- your research plan with focus on the development of your research line and research team in relation with the colleague-researchers of the entity of employment (maximum 5 pages);
- your vision on academic education and its organization (maximum 2 pages);
- your contribution to society by outreach and public communication on science and technology, internal representation in boards and councils and service activities directly in relation to your developed expertise (maximum 1 page);
- your vision on leadership (maximum 1 page).