Research Fellow: (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscopy International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory INL

Ref. 05. 17. 117 -Research Fellow: (Scanning) Transmission Electron Microscopy

Employer: International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

Location: Braga, Portugal

Department:Quantum Materials, Science and Technology

Research Group:Atomic Manipulation for Quantum Nanotechnology

Contract Duration: 24 months

Career Stage: Desirable 1~3 years research experience after PhD

Closing Date: July 10th, 2017, 23:00h Lisbon time

Salary: Competitive package and benefits

About INL

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL),was founded under an international legal framework to perform interdisciplinary research and to deploy and articulate nanotechnology for the benefit of society. INL aims to become the world-wide hub for nanotechnology addressing society’s grand challenges with specific emphasis on Aging & Wellbeing, Mobility & Urban Living and a Safe & Secure Society.

The work undertaken by our research centre will have a significant impact on people’s lives, as well as notably contributing to the development of our society at large. INL recruits from all over the world and the objective of our recruitment process is to ensure that staff are employed on the basis of skills and requirements for the job and that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between INL’s expectations and the staff member's personal and professional career development. We value the diversity and multiculturalism of our teams. Further, our family friendly working practices and benefits are a great asset and an essential element in cultivating an attractive and inspiring workplace.


INL has opened a position for Research Fellow with a strong background in (scanning) transmission electron microscopy study of 2D materials, e.g. BN, graphen, and TMDs, to join the Quantum Materials, Science and Technology Department in the Research Group led by Dr. Zhongchang Wang.

The main focus will be on establishing an atomic-scale understanding of point and line defects and heterointerfaces and their fundamental impact on functional properties of 2D materials.

The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the group who are capable of preparing a variety of 2D materials for potential electronic and optoelectronic applications.Transmission electron microscopies provide potentials for profound insights into the fundamental issues in 2D material systems by directly imaging defects and interfaces at the atomic scale. In particular, scanning transmission electron microscopy equipped with an aberration corrector (two aberration-corrected STEM currently at INL: one is probe-corrected ChemiSTEM and the other is double-corrected FEI CUBE. FIB is also available at INL) offers an unprecedented opportunity to probe details of atomic structure and electronic states of 2D materials with a sub-angstrom electron probe and thus allows for direct imaging of individual atoms in 2D materials. Important scientific questions can be addressed by correlating structures to functional properties of 2D materials on a quantum level.

Job Role & Key Responsibilities:

The Research Fellow will undertake the main activities and responsibilities:

  • Apply state-of-the-art (scanning) transmission electron microscopes with particular emphasis on the HAADF-STEM, ABF-STEM and EELS analysis of 2D materials, e.g. transition metal dichalcogenides, h-BN, and graphene;
  • Capable of bridging structural defects to functional properties of 2D materials;
  • Collaborate and work with other researchers, students, or interns.
  • Collect and analyse experimental data;
  • Prepare research publications;
  • Communicate results at professional meetings.


Job Requirements

Applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • Ph.D. in Materials, Physics, Chemistry or related field;
  • Extensive experience in operating conventional TEM and Scanning TEM;
  • Sufficient fundamental knowledge in materials science and/or applied physics;
  • Ability to communicate results effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, take initiative and be self-motivated;
  • Working knowledge of data acquisition and image simulation software;
  • Fluency in English.

Personal Skills

  • Strong drive to carry out fundamental research in the proposed topic;
  • Solid commitment to research;
  • Strong motivation to work both independently and as part of a team in an interdisciplinary environment, with the ability to pay close attention to detail and to meet deadlines;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Proactive and problem solving attitude;
  • High level of personal discipline and integrity.




  • English is the working language of INL. Therefore, excellent communication skills in English are required.



What we offer


  • Employment contract and competitive compensation package;
  • Employees will also benefit of the various social facilities available at INL;
  • International and highly competitive environment in contact with leading edge technology.


How to Apply


International candidates are welcome to apply. Only applications in English will be accepted. The application is made online. Please click on the 'Apply' button;

Interested applicants should submit a motivation letter and an attachment including a full curriculum vitae, a publication list, and the names and contact information of at least two references.Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Employment Agreement


If your application is successful and you accept our offer of employment, you will receive the employment agreement and all other relevant documents. If you are relocating, you will be given assistance by the HR Office.


If Your Application is Not Successful


We highly value the interest shown from applicants wishing to become a part of the INL experience. It is important for us to maintain good communications with candidates. No matter the outcome of the application, we always send the applicant an answer.


Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Principle


INL is an equal opportunity organisation, committed to providing equal career opportunities and firmly adheres to a principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issues.


Enquires should be made to:

The advertisement deadline may be extended at any time without previous notice in order to improve the suitability and effectiveness of the recruitment process.

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