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Research Fellow (OFETs for High-Frequency Applications)

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The Cluster of Excellence ‘Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden’ (cfaed) offers a fixed-term position as
Research Fellow
(subject to personal qualification employees are remunerated according to salary group E 13 TV-L)
Research area:
Organic Field Effect Transistors for High-Frequency Applications
cfaed Investigators:
Prof. Stefan Mannsfeld
starts asap, 65% of the fulltime weekly hours, the position is a 3 years appointment. The period of employment is governed by § 2 Fixed Term Research Contracts Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz – WissZeitVG). The position offers the chance to obtain further academic qualification (e.g. PhD).
Position and Requirements
We are currently building up the new “Chair of Organic Devices” with the long-term vision to transfer Organic Electronics device technologies from the lab to commercially competitive applications in the consumer markets. Organic Transistors (OFETs) have important potential applications as driving elements of organic displays, sensors, and logical or amplifying elements in inexpensive disposable circuitry. The goal of this PhD research is to contribute to the recently started SPP FFlexCom initiative that attempts to push the operation frequency of OFETs towards 100MHz and beyond. In this project, OFETs with highly crystalline channels will be fabricated, characterized and optimized to operate in circuits in the non-quasi-static regime. The successful candidate will:
  • fabricate OFET devices with highly crystalline channels and high-quality contacts by various solution-deposition steps such as solution-shearing printing,
  • explore different printing conditions and chemical surface modifications to optimize the layer and contact quality for electrical functionality,
  • thoroughly characterize the resulting devices both morphologically and electrically,
  • fabricate benchmark circuits that employ these OFETs in collaboration with the group of Dr. Martin Claus to simulate the NQS behavior of the transistors.
We aim at attracting the best talent in the respective research fields and look for:
  • An outstanding university master degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, electronics, materials science or related field of physical sciences,
  • strong knowledge in device physics/semiconductor physics,
  • ideally prior experience with thin film deposition from solution phase and chemical surface modifications,
  • previous experience in fabrication of organic electronics devices,
  • very good interpersonal and communication skills; in particular, the ability to effectively work in collaborative research efforts,
  • an independent, target- and solution-driven work attitude,
  • inter- and multidisciplinary thinking,
  • strong motivation and interest to join one of the most ambitious interdisciplinary research clusters,
  • fluency in English - written and oral.
What we offer
You will join a team of enthusiastic scientists who pursue creatively their individual research agenda inspired by the cluster’s innovative approach and support. Your PhD research will be fostered by the cfaed philosophy to promote young researchers which includes:
  • access to state of the art research of leading academic institutes,
  • individual supervision by a Thesis Advisory Committee,
  • possibility to earn (seed) grants of up to € 10.000,
  • promotion of gender equality and family-friendly work environment.
Informal enquiries can be submitted to Prof. Mannsfeld, Tel +49 (351) 463 43706; Email: stefan.mannsfeld@tu-dresden.de.
Applications from women are particularly welcome. The same applies to people with disabilities.
Application Procedure
Your application (in English only) should include: motivation letter, CV, copy of degree certificate, transcript of grades (i.e. the official list of coursework including your grades) and proof of English language skills. Complete applications should be submitted preferably by e-mail as a single pdf-document quoting the reference number PHD1511_SPP1 in the subject header to recruiting.cfaed@tu-dresden.de (Please note: We are currently not able to receive electronically signed and encrypted data.) or alternatively by post to: TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany. The closing date for applications is 15.12.2015 (stamped arrival date of the university central mail service applies).  Please submit copies only, as your application will not be returned to you. Expenses incurred in attending interviews cannot be reimbursed.
About cfaed
cfaed is a cluster of excellence within the German Excellence Initiative. As a central scientific unit of TU Dresden, it brings together 300 researchers from the university and 10 other research institutes in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. cfaed addresses the advancement of electronic information processing systems through exploring new technologies which overcome the limits of today’s predominant CMOS technology. For more information please see www.cfaed.tu-dresden.de
cfaed has initiated to create five new Professorships at TU Dresden to further strengthen cfaed’s research areas. These strategic positions are being filled with distinguished scientists to enhance the Cluster’s research output and increase its international reputation. The Chair of Organic Devices is one of these new positions and will contribute to the Organic/Polymer Path.
About TU Dresden
The TU Dresden is among the top universities in Germany and Europe and one of the eleven German universities that were identified as an ‘elite university’ in June 2012. As a modern full-status university with 14 departments it offers a wide academic range making it one of a very few in Germany.

Contact detail

How to apply:
Mail or Email
Send application to
TU Dresden, cfaed, Frau Dr. P. Grünberg, 01062 Dresden, Germany. or recruiting.cfaed@tu-dresden.de

Job profile

Working hours
Contract duration
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Sachsen)
Working place
01069 Dresden
Area of expertise
Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, Physics