Faculty of Natural
Sciences
Comenius University in Bratislava

Open positions

Open positions for PhD studies at a newly established Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM) at the Faculty of Natural Sciences CU in Bratislava

We are seeking motivated student researchers to conduct state-of-the-art research in recently established Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Comenius University (CU) in Bratislava, Slovakia (https://fns.uniba.sk/en/lam) with following PhD dissertation themes:

1. Development of new Materials and Nanomaterials for Optoelectronics.

The focus of the project is on development of novel classes of materials and nanomaterials for photovoltaics, photocatalysis, optical detectors, smart electronics and related applications. As part of the project student will gain expertise in advanced chemical methods for preparation of new materials and nanomaterials, their characterization by optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The work will be performed at LAM in close collaboration with members of the team performing theoretical modeling and advanced characterization of the materials.

Qualification requirements for interested candidates:

  • Completed university education (B.S., M.S., or equivalent) in chemistry or related fields
  • A good background in chemical synthesis  
  • Prior familiarity with solid-state syntheses at high temperatures or colloidal syntheses is an advantage
  • Experience with spectroscopy characterization methods, such as UVVIS absorption and photoluminescence is beneficial but not essential
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English language

 

2. Characterization of Optical and Electronic Properties of new Materials for Optoelectronics.

The focus of the project is on characterization of optical, electronic and electrical properties of new classes of solid-state crystalline materials and nanomaterials developed in our laboratory for photovoltaics, photocatalysis, optical detectors, smart electronics, and related applications and testing their performance in practical devices. As part of the project student will gain expertise in advanced optical spectroscopy, electron and optical microscopy, electrochemistry and other advanced characterization methods and will learn how to construct and characterize optoelectronic devices. The work will be performed at LAM in close collaboration with members of the team performing theoretical modeling and syntheses of the materials.

Qualification requirements for interested candidates:

  • Completed university education (B.S., M.S., or equivalent) in chemistry or related fields
  • Experience with spectroscopy characterization methods, such as UVVIS absorption and photoluminescence, vibrational spectroscopy or similar
  • Familiarity with transient optical spectroscopy methods, such as transient photoluminescence and or absorption is an advantage, but is not essential
  • Familiarity with electrochemistry and methods for characterization of electrical properties of materials is an advantage, but is not essential 
  • Strong verbal and written skills in English language

 

Where will you work? The research will be performed at an EU financed, newly established Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM), located in the recently constructed CU Science Park (https://cusp.uniba.sk). As a PhD student you will become a member of a multi-disciplinary research team of experimental and theoretical chemists, physicists and material scientists developing, characterizing a testing performance of new materials for energy conversion and storage, optoelectronics, smart electronics and related applications. Your will collaborate with research teams from Comenius University, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovak Technical University, as well as our collaborators from other countries of EU and USA. You will have opportunity to present your research results at domestic and international conferences as well as participate in exchange research visits with our international collaborators. The completion of the program will allow you to pursue career in rapidly developing field of materials science in industry or in academia.   

Compensation. Students admitted into the PhD program are paid a monthly stipend in the amount of 900-1150 EUR (net), depending on performance and experience.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Milan Sýkora via e-mail (sykoramuniba.sk). In the e-mail please state why would you like to work at LAM (in the context of your prior position/experience and your future plans) and attach a CV (one-page max.). Recommendation letter from your mentor(s) is a plus.

Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Laboratory for Advanced Materials

We are seeking multiple motivated postdoctoral researchers in Chemistry, Materials Science or related area to conduct state-of-the-art research in recently established Laboratory for Advanced Materials (LAM) at Comenius University (CU) in Bratislava, Slovakia. LAM is a European Union and CU co-funded facility with focus on development, characterization and application of novel materials including, inorganic and organic nanostructures, complex assemblies and clusters, narrow-bandgap perovskites, etc. There are currently two open positions:


Position 1: Inorganic Nanocrystals Synthesis. Desired skills:

  • Strong background in colloidal synthesis of chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystals

  • Experience with preparation of semiconductor -semiconductor, -metal assemblies, core-shell structures, giant quantum dots, quantum rods with metal tips or similar structures.

  • Experience with shape and crystalline-phase control, preparation of 2D nanoplatelets, TMDCs or similar structures

  • Experience with basic structural (e.g., TEM) and electronic characterization (e.g., UV VIS, emission spectroscopy) of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals

  • Experience with studies of catalytic and/or photocatalytic chemical reactions is a plus, but it is not essential

 

Position 2: Organic Synthesis. Desired skills:

  • Strong background in organic chemical synthesis involving aromatic condensations particularly synthesis of PAHs including purification and product separation

  • Ability to execute complex, multistep organic syntheses and product characterization independently

  • Strong background in MALDI-MS and experience with other methods of characterization of organic compounds, such as: NMR, FTIR, GPC, Raman Spectroscopy

  • Experience with electrochemistry, UVVIS absorption and emission spectroscopy

  • Experience with fabrication of (opto-)electronic devices using organic/organometallic compounds is beneficial, but not essential


The candidates for both positions must:

  • Be fluent in English (written and spoken)

  • Have completed PhD in a relevant area of science or engineering.

  • Have demonstrated record of scientific research achievement (through publications, citations, and presentations) in one or more areas mentioned above.


Where You Will Work. Located in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, Comenius University is the premier Slovak university. LAM is located on the campus of Comenius University in the recently constructed Comenius University Science Park https://cusp.uniba.sk/en/. By joining LAM, you will be participating in multidisciplinary research including theory, materials synthesis, characterization and development of applications. You will have an opportunity to interact/collaborate with researchers from the Comenius University, Slovak Technical University and Slovak academy of Sciences as well as other research teams within the EU and US.

Equal Opportunity. Comenius University is an equal opportunity employer. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation.

Compensation. The financial compensation/salary will be at the EU level, depending on experience.

Contact information: If you are interested in any of the positions, please contact Milan Sykora (sykoram011gmail.com) directly about this position. A cover letter and resume are required.