PhD Candidate in 2D Materials-based Electronic Devices

Eindhoven University of Technology
March 10, 2024
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PhD Candidate in 2D Materials-based Electronic Devices



Irène Curie Fellowship



Electrical Engineering



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The NanoComputing Research Lab in Integrated Circuits (IC) group within the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is seeking to hire an excellent and motivated PhD candidate.


Focused research on optimizing 2D materials for novel device performance is pivotal for advancing beyond traditional CMOS devices. 2D materials, renowned for their distinctive properties at the nanoscale, provide new research paths and implementation for nanoelectronics. Oscillatory Neural Networks (ONNs) represent an innovative class of neural networks wherein information is encoded through the phase difference among oscillators. ONNs presented attractive attributes for associative memory tasks, and in our prior work we have demonstrated digital implementation on FPGA and analog realization via CMOS circuits. This project endeavors to explore the potentials and challenges of utilizing 2D material devices in ONN implementations.

Transistors and memristors based on 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides (TMDs) present relevant properties suitable for developing ONN network arrays. The primary focus will be on investigating 2D Field-Effect Transistor (FET) devices to develop relaxation oscillators and 2D memristor devices for establishing analog resistive coupling elements between oscillators. The goal is to create a proof-of-concept 2D material-based ONN circuits.

This innovative development aims to investigate the impact of nonuniformities, noise, and stochastic behavior inherent in 2D TMD devices on computing within the ONN framework. By implementing and analyzing the proposed circuit, allows to explore the advantages and limitations of employing 2D materials in ONNs, paving the way for more robust and energy efficient neural network architectures..


We are seeking highly motivated and talented PhD candidates to join our research team in the exciting field of 2D materials and devices from modeling, simulation to device fabrication and characterization. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in the development of novel devices such as field effect, memristor and oscillator which contributes to enabling novel brain-inspired computing architectures for advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

Job requirements
  • Processing of 2D materials-based devices (primarily MoS2), FET, memristor and oscillators.
  • Characterization using advanced techniques.
  • Lithographic device fabrication employing electron beam lithography.
  • Measurement of device transport properties at both high and low temperatures.
  • Modeling and simulation of devices and calibration with experimental measurement data.
  • Fabrication of memristor array for coupled oscillators as a proof of concept on 2D TMD based ONN.
  • Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in cleanroom processing, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, instrumentation programming, or device modeling and simulation.
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the relevant technical skills and methodologies.
  • Conditions of employment

    A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:

  • Full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months. You will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • Salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, paid pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, scale P (min. €2,770 max. €3,539).
  • A year-end bonus of 8.3% and annual vacation pay of 8%.
  • High-quality training programs and other support to grow into a self- aware, autonomous scientific researcher. At TU/e we challenge you to take charge of your own learning process.
  • An excellent technical infrastructure, on-campus children's day care and sports facilities.
  • An allowance for commuting, working from home and internet costs.
  • A Staff Immigration Team and a tax compensation scheme (the 30% facility) for international candidates.
  • Information and application

    About us

    Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands- on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.

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    Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?

    Please contact Prof. Aida Todri-Sanial,, https: // www. systems/nanocomputing-research-lab.

    Visit our website for more information about the application process or the conditions of employment. You can also contact Mrs. Linda van den Boomen, HR advisor

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    If you are interested in working in an exciting, dynamic, high-tech environment, where you will contribute to creating the society of the future, we invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now' button on this page.

    The application should include:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your personal motivation and qualifications specifically for the position.
  • curriculum vitae.
  • Transcript of master and bachelor degrees.
  • Copies of your final MSc thesis, including English abstracts, and (if applicable) published papers (PDF files). Submit at least one document written in English of which you are the main author.
  • Results of your IELTS or TOEFL test (or equivalent).
  • And the contact information of two academic referees.
  • Please keep in mind you can upload only 5 documents up to 2 MB each. If necessary, please combine files.

    We look forward to receiving your application and will screen it as soon as possible. The vacancy will remain open until the position is filled.

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