Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland’s largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.
As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with a focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.
At the Institute of Computational Physics (ICP), physicists, mathematicians and engineers work on applying methods and results from basic research to industrial problems. For more than 20 years, the ICP has been developing multiphysics computer models for industrial applications (e.g. in the field of hydrogen technology, photovoltaics or multiphysics modelling). The ICP operates a laboratory for the development and characterization of optoelectronic devices and optical measurement techniques. Together with its partners from science and industry, the ICP develops solutions in applied research and development. To support our team, we are looking for a
PhD or PostDoc for Modelling Electrochemical Measurements on Organic Semiconductors
In the past few years, electrochemical methods have been shown to yield valuable insight into charge transport in organic semiconductors by providing a method to measure the density-of-states distribution and related charge transport parameters. Those methods are not widely adopted in the OLED community yet.
In this project, we like to use electrochemical methods to improve numerical models of charge transport in organic semiconductors. We like to adapt our numerical drift diffusion models that include ion transport to describe the electrochemical measurements such as cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. By performing dedicated experiments, we like to elucidate diffusion constants of ions from the electrolyte inside the semiconductor film and quantify the charge transport across the semiconductor/electrolyte interface.
The scope of duties of the position includes:
• design and perform measurements, including building any required measurement rig
• analyze and model the measurements with e.g. Comsol or in-house software
• publish the work in scientific journals
You have a PhD or master’s degree in physics, chemistry or materials science. A good understanding of physics and/or electrochemistry is required. Previous knowledge of organic semiconductors is a highly-valued skill over other candidates without such competences. Programming skills in a common (scientific) programming language for numerical simulation or an FEM Tool are advantageous. In addition, you are highly self-motivated, proactive, flexible and enjoy a result-oriented way of working. Professional fluency in English is required and knowledge of German is preferred but not indispensable. PhD candidates must hold the proper qualification for entering a PhD program from a partner university.
You can expect a lively, exciting working environment and a committed, motivated team of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers.
The position is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and is limited to the duration of the project.