Post-doc research position "Piezoelectric Thin Films"

Research / Academic
We are looking for two motivated and skilled post-doctoral researchers to carry out advanced, thin film physics research on piezoelectric thin films to be used as actuators. Our aim is to develop understanding in depositing high performance piezoelectric films using pulsed laser deposition and magnetron sputtering methods.

The XUV Optics Group at Twente has started a new multidisciplinary research program on these topics. We develop forefront fundamental research, relevant to high tech applications ( The research will take place in a state-of-the-art thin film laboratory within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, in collaboration with various academic and industrial partners. 


Your goal is to develop the key material science required for mastering new piezoelectric thin films systems. This includes

  • Exploiting new deposition schemes of piezoelectric thin films, including pulsed laser deposition and/or magnetron sputtering, aiming for optimal thin film materials performance. 
  • Developing the understanding of the piezoelectric film structures and their functional properties using characterization techniques such as AFM, XRD, SEM and DBLI and detailed analysis. 
  • Exploring alternative functional materials and methods suitable for new film stack geometries.


  • You have a PhD degree in materials science, physical chemistry or engineering, solid state or surface physics or a related field.
  • You have affinity with the realization of physical vapor deposition of piezoelectric thin films preferably PZT/PMN-PT/AlN and their optical, structural, and chemical analysis.
  • You are an excellent team player in an enthusiastic group of scientists and engineers working on a common theme. 
  • You are creative, like to push boundaries, and are highly motivated to address a major science challenge in thin film physics.
  • You are fluent in English and able to collaborate intensively with industrial and academic parties in regular meetings and work visits.

Your reaction should include: 
  • an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation for this particular project, 
  • a detailed CV, containing your publications list, contact details of referees, and an academic transcript of B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. education. 


An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. For detailed information, you can contact Prof. Fred Bijkerk at, +31 53 489 2863 or Dr. Muharrem Bayraktar at, +31 53 489 3910.
Applications can only be submitted online.

Salary Benefits:

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for two years with possible extension. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment. The post-doc salary is between € 2.977 and € 3.908 gross per month depending on experience and qualifications. The offer further involves: a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, a minimum of 29-day holidays, and numerous professional and personal development programs.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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