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Within the framework of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “SIMDALEE2” (Sources, Interaction with Matter, Detection and Analysis of Low Energy Electrons) we are inviting applications for 1 PhD position - ESR (Early Stage Researcher).

SIMDALEE2 is a 4 year project funded by the European Commission consisting of 11 renowned research institutes and 3 companies from 9 European countries. The overall objective is to establish a world-class research training platform for the science and technology of nanoscale manipulation and analysis using low energy electrons. Apart from an effective and wellstructured training program, the network will pursue the following scientific goals:

  1. Put the theory of field-emission on a modern basis taking into account the 3-dimensional shape of the emitter and relate it to the lateral resolution of microscopy using field emission sources.
  2. Certified model for the interaction of low energy electrons with solid surfaces;
  3. Optimisation of lensless imaging and electron detection in a strong field ambience.
  4. Electron beam modification of nanostructured surfaces;
  5. development of a prototype Near-Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscope
  6. the investigation of the economic impact and feasibility of low energy electron beam methodology.

Within this interdisciplinary and intersectoral network, the ESRs and ERs will have the opportunity to improve their scientific and complementary skills and greatly further their career opportunities in S & T in Europe.

How to apply?

  1. Click on any of the vacancies in the left most column of the table below and follow the “goals and skills”-link providing the job-profile in final detail.
  2. Read the description of the planned work and the skills required by the applicants.
  3. Submit your application consisting of your CV, the application form and a cover letter stating the Job Ref. Nr. in the subject line to:
  4. In the cover letter, try to describe how your previous experience shall enable you to effectively contribute to the outlined goals.
  5. Please make brief statements on whether you have a good command of the listed skills or make it clear on the basis of which previous experience it can be expected that you shall be able to master these skills in a reasonable time after starting this work.
  6. The deadline for the next stage of recruitment is May 1st, 2017

Note that we do not expect you to have experience exactly matching the described work (although this would of course be highly beneficial for your application). For example, if you have general experience with UHV-equipment, or surface analysis techniques using electrons or similar work-relevant experience, and you are applying for a position where experimental work takes place in UHV, you should state this clearly in your application.

Note that candidates in possession of a PhD-degree can only apply for the ER-vacancies (Postdoc positions) and NOT for the ESR-positions.
Applicants for the PhD-vacancies must have a Masters degree or equivalent.
All candidates should fulfill the eligibility criteria specified in more detail below.

Available Positions:

Host Institution Country Project Title Job Starting Date vacancy
ESR1 TUV - Vienna University of Technology Austria Interaction of slow electrons with matter for nanoscale characterization of solids (16 months) May 01, 2017open

Filled Positions:

Filled Positions

Jobs are also advertised on Jobs-EURAXESS, but the description obtained by following any link in the left most column of the above table and following “goals and skills” contains a more detailed job-profile, which you should read before preparing the application documents.

General Requirements Pertaining to all Vacancies Posted Above:

PhD candidates: MA in Physics or equivalent

Post-Doc candidates: PhD in Physics or equivalent

Prospective candidates should be highly motivated and meet the following criteria:

Selection Criteria:

  • Scientific excellence demonstrated by e.g. publications or patents
  • Previous experience and career, commitment and initiative with respect to the project
  • Language skills (eventually to be complemented within the network) and team-working abilities.
  • Ability to establish sustainable contacts with the European partner.

Eligibility criteria:

  • The equal opportunities recruitment policy is applicable, female candidates are encouraged to apply, i.e. in the event of equally suitable candidates preference will be given to a female candidate.
  • Early-Stage Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation): be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
  • Experienced Researchers must (at the time of recruitment by the host organisation): be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation an experienced researcher must also have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • It should be noted that an individual researcher may not be recruited first as an ESR and subsequently as an ER in the same project.

Conditions of Mobility of Researchers

  • Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers:
  • 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 organi¬sation 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. As far as international European interest organisations or international organisations are concerned, this mobility rule does not apply to the hosting of eligible researchers. However the appointed researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment in the same appointing organisation.
  • Note that the mobility rule applies to the partner where the researcher is recruited, and not to partners to which the researcher is seconded.


  • According to the guidelines of the Marie Curie EU Research Programme
  • In addition to the salary there is a monthly mobility allowance, covering the costs for relocation and taking into account the family situation of the researcher.

Employment Status and Secondments:

  • Being employed at the host country, the PhD candidates (ESRs) will be required to complete secondments at 3 different European partner institutions for a total period of 9 months and the Post-Docs (ERs) at 2 different partner institutions for a total period of 4 months.

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