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Job posted by Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (06/12/2012 16.51)

Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy Post gradute position: Application and modelling of focused ion beams - modelling of footprints obtained by FIB processing

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Modelling of footprints obtained by FIB (focused ion beam) processing. Based on the
previous expertise developed at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, this project aims to
understand and model accurately and efficiently how surface condition, material
peculiarities (including re-deposited material), and processing parameters affect the footprint of a focused ion beam (FIB) and identify specialties of FIB compared to footprints of other energetic beams. Finally, structures resulting from FIB
processing should be quantitatively predicted depending on input CAD data, operating
parameters, and materials involved. Special emphasis will be on studying nanostructures.


This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a unified STEEP modeling platform of the footprints resulting from the interaction of energy beams (waterjet, laser, ion beam) with the workpiece. These projects will involve: numerical modeling techniques including various advanced algorithms and software tools for geometry operations; on hand experience on abrasive waterjet/pulsed laser/focussed ion beam machining; understanding the physics of material removal by abrasive, thermal and momentum transfer methods; surface and materials analysis techniques; liaison with industry and professional associations in the EU. The candidates will benefit from the Hi-Tech facilities and long-term competence of the Chair of Electron Devices on FIB processing, modeling, and characterization.

The overall aim of STEEP – Initial Training Network is to establish a transnational research training platform for the formation and career development of young researchers on energy beam processing methods that represent a scientific field of critical importance for further advancement of European high value-adding manufacturing industry. Hence, the selected candidates will be able to develop multidisciplinary knowledge such as analytical skills related to energy beam processes, modeling and software development making them highly employable to knowledge-intensive companies/institutes.

Each Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will have in total 2 months of placement at industrial or research institutions related to topics of their studies. Candidates must, therefore, be able to move between European countries for the entire duration of the project. In addition, summer schools and workshops will be organized all over Europe within STEEP where the candidates will present and exchange their results with ESR from project partners.

Candidates must be in the first 4 years of their research careers and not been awarded a doctorate degree. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in engineering, applied physics and mathematics. A profound programming background is preferred. As part of our commitment to promoting diversity we encourage applications from women. Applicants must not have resided, worked or studied in Germany for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to April 2015. This full-time post is available from April 2015 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract for a period of 18 months.

Applications and informal enquiries should be submitted by e-mail ( For information about the Chair of Electron Devices and its close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology, see and, respectively.

Nr of positions available : 1

Research Fields

Engineering - Microengineering

Career Stage

Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)

Research Profiles

First Stage Researcher (R1)

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Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Excellent
Required Education Level
Degree Field Physics
Degree Field Engineering
Degree Master Degree or equivalent
Degree Master Degree or equivalent
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University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Electron Devices


Cauerstrasse 6

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University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Chair of Electron Devices
Cauerstrasse 6
91058 - Erlangen
email mathias.rommel@leb.eei.uni-erlangen.de