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07/18/2008 - 00:46
09/30/2008 - 00:46

PHD Studentship - Physics - Material Science

Application deadline : September 5th 2008

PhD studentship offered jointly by the Faculty of Science of University of Trento and our organization, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (formerly ITC-irst), located in Trento.

The Department of Physics the University of Trento has opened the selections for the 24th cycle of the PhD School, corresponding to the academic year 2008/2009. There are 18 available positions for activities starting from November 2008 and the submission deadline is next September 5th. More details about the application procedure and the PhD course itself are available at the website:

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The Materials and Microsystems research centre, a section of Fondazione Bruno Kessler (http://www.fbk.eu/) has established a tight collaboration with the above mentioned PhD school in Physics and will support 4 PhD positions for students interested to work in a dynamic environment involved in materials research. Some of the research lines where a PhD project can be developed are reported hereafter (more details about our activities, competences and labs are described in our website (http://cmm.fbk.eu)

  • Silicon photonics.
  • Ultra shallow junction development and characterisation.
  • Synthesis, study and surface plasma treatment of transparent conductive oxides for photovoltaic applications.
  • Development of bio-functional materials for miniaturized systems in genomics.

In particular, within a well established activity of the unit I lead, a PhD position is offered about ultra shallow junctions for future CMOS technology. Possible research topics are:

  • investigation of the de-activation of arsenic in silicon in junctions realised by ultra low energy implantation (by either beamline or plasma immersion) and laser sub-melt annealing.
  • junction formation for new CMOS channel materials (germanium or strained-Si or III-V…).

Samples are provided by state-of-art tools available through some of our research partners (Applied Materials, Intel and Numonyx). Both activities would imply the wide use of analytical techniques present in my group (secondary ion mass spectrometry, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, total reflection x-ray fluorescence), at the University of Trento (positron annihilation spectroscopy) and at external facilities. In fact a wider spectrum of analytical tools (medium energy ion scattering, grazing incidence x-ray fluorescence, transmission electron microscopy, extended x-ray absorption fine structure) will be available in the frame of the EC financed ANNA project, that I coordinate (http://www.i3-anna.isiportal.com). Our established partnerships with theoretical groups (CNR-IMM Bologna, University of Surrey UK, Seton Hall University USA among the others) will offer the opportunity to integrate the experimental findings with models to understands the physical mechanisms involved.

The salary of the PhD student in Italy is fixed by national rules. However, the PhD students of this program will receive further support and benefits from the local government:
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Trento is an alpine university town (~110,000 habitants) on the main way between Italy and the German world, offering a high quality of life, excellent public services, good connections with Northern Italy main cities, plenty of leisure opportunities in the charming surroundings of the Dolomites. If you need more information, you can find them at the following URL address:
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Dr. Massimo Bersani
Center for Materials and Microsystems
Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Via Sommarive 18
38050 Povo – Trento ITALY
Tel. +39-0461-314479
Fax. +39-0461-810 851