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Marie Curie Actions funded job vacancy Marie Curie PhD scholarship in ‘Reactivity and stability of organinc/inorganic interfaces toward atmospheric gases’

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This PhD project is part of the newly established Marie Curie network ‘Thin‐film Hybrid Interfaces: a training initiative for the design of next‐generation energy devices’ (THINFACE). The consortium involves as participants four more academic groups from: The Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain, University of Milano‐Bicocca, Italy, Graz University of Technology, Austria, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France; the Research Center Nanogune, Spain, and two industries: Danfoss, Denmark and Novaled, Germany along with five associated partners. The network consists of 14 PhD projects in total.


The overall objectives of the project is to study fundamental process at work in the formation of organic/inorganic interface and their reactivity toward atmospheric gases such as H2O, O2, and other reactive gases. The organic molecules investigated in this study are inspired by the Nature.
Indeed, the Nature has developed very efficient processes to convert light into energy, transport oxygen in molecules or activate chemical reactions. In all these processes, porphyrins and related molecules such as phthalocyanines play a crucial role due to their particular electronic properties, making these classes of molecules ideal candidates for biomimetics applications. The broad range of functionnality brought by these molecules can be exploited in large variety of fields such as pigment, solar cells, electronic devices, medical application, fuel cells, sensors and catalysis. For all this applications, the understanding of reactivity and stability of the electronic properties of such molecules is of crucial interest for the development of hybrid organic devices. The research project will consist in preparing phthalocyanine molecular films by molecular deposition under vacuum on various surfaces such as metal single crystals, silicon single surface. The architecture of the molecular film will be characterized in situ by optical spectroscopies and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and ex‐situ by atomic force microscopies at INSP and X‐ray diffraction in collaboration with the Technical University of Graz (TUG, Austria). The reactivity toward gases will be investigating with in‐situ techniques available at INSP (optical spectroscopies and STM) or on experiments based on large scale facilities at SOLEIL, ESRF or MAX‐lab synchrotron for Near‐Ambient Pressure Photoemission (NAPP) and X‐ray diffraction under gases. The successful applicant will have to spend up to 9 months to TUG in Austria for X‐ray diffraction experiments.

Nr of positions available : 1

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Physics - Chemical physics

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

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First Stage Researcher (R1)

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Candidates who have a previous Master’s degree in Physics with a specialization in condensed matter physics and related techniques of investigation may seek the fellowships. Preferably, candidates should have a background in surface physics under ultra‐high vacuum conditions. Preferred candidates have experience with experimental techniques such as optical spectroscopies, electron spectroscopies, STM and X‐ray diffraction. Highly qualified candidates who expect to obtain their M. Sc. degree in the next few months are also encouraged to apply. Salary conditions, travel/mobility allowances and benefits will follow the attractive EU amounts for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the programme FP7‐PEOPLE‐2013‐ITN. Women and under representative minorities are encouraged to apply for the position.

Appointment as a PhD Research Fellow is for three years period start at last august 1rst 2014 to july 31rst 2017, standard rates for Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers apply (gross salary 2480€/month). In addition a monthly mobility allowance of 812.7 EUR is payable for researchers without family and 1161 EUR for those with family.
Employment stops automatically at the end of the period. The holder of the Fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the period.
The successful candidate will be enrolled at Pierre et Marie Curie University in accordance with local regulations in the doctorate school ED397 Physique et chimie des matériaux.

Application must include the following documents (no more than 3 Mbit):
- Transcript of records in higher education system (bachelor, master, etc…)
- A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. one
- 2 Reference letters
- Detailed CV, including personal contact information, academic background, experiences, skills, list of publications (if any)
- Documents stating that you were not in France more than 12 month in the three past year prior to August 1st 2014

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.
The university encourages all persons interested in the position to apply, regardless of their age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.


Additional Requirements
At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
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