Postdoc position in transparent-conductive-oxide thin films by magnetron plasma sputtering

DTU Energy
Friday 03 Feb 17

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The Reactive Plasma Processing Laboratory (RPPL) is part of the Electrochemical Materials and Interfaces section at DTU Energy, Technical University of Denmark.

Indium tin oxide is the most used transparent conductive oxides, including a large number of applications: touch screens, solar cells, flat panel displays, light emitting diodes and smart windows. Since the abundance of indium is limited and the consumption is steadily increasing, a cost effective replacement is highly demanded, with aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) as one of the best candidates. Physical vapor deposition (PVD) based on magnetron plasma sputtering is commonly used for thin film deposition both on small and large scale substrates. Yet the process transfer from small to large scale is not trivial and includes additional steps of research and development. Based on promising preliminary results on AZO the RPPL is opening a postdoctoral position to support its ongoing research on AZO at small scale and implement it to large scale, in direct collaboration with industrial partners.

Project description
The main focus will be on magnetron plasma sputtering, process research and optimization, including direct interaction with plasma diagnostics (electrical probes, optical emission spectroscopy and mass spectrometry) and thin film characterization using surface techniques available at DTU Energy such as XPS, SEM, XRD, Hall, UV-vis, elipsometry and FTIR. Thin films of AZO will be deposited on substrates starting from 1x5 cm up to 7x20 cm in two sputtering systems using both metallic and oxide targets.


  • PhD in materials/surface science, plasma processing, engineering, physics, chemistry or similar.
  • Thin film deposition by magnetron plasma sputtering or other relevant PVD techniques.
  • Experience with plasma processing equipment, including the ability to operate vacuum systems.
  • Prior experience in surface characterization of thin films will be considered an advantage.
  • Ability to work in a focused research team with defined objectives and time frame.
  • Very good communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
We offer
We offer an interesting and challenging job in an international environment focusing on education, research, scientific advice and innovation, which contribute to enhancing the economy and improving social welfare. We strive for academic excellence, collegial respect and freedom tempered by responsibility. The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a leading technical university in northern Europe and benchmarks with the best universities in the World.
Good possibilities for professional and personal growth. We are a family friendly organization with flexible working hours.

Salary and terms of employment
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union.

The place of employment will be the Risø Campus in Roskilde, Denmark. The post doc position has a duration of 2 years, with possibility of six months’ extension, starting from around May 1st 2017.

We are currently present on both Risø Campus, close to the town of Roskilde, and Lyngby Campus, North of Copenhagen. At the end of 2019, the entire department will be moving into new facilities at Lyngby Campus.

Further information
Please contact Senior Scientist Eugen Stamate, (+45 2521 7090) for further information.
Additional information about DTU and the Department of Energy Conversion and Storage can be found on

Application procedure
Submit your online application no later than 10 March 2017.

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online," fill in the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • Application (cover letter)
  • CV
  • Diploma (MSc/PhD)
  • List of publications
Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, race, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Energy Conversion and Storage is focused on education, research, and development within functional materials and their application in sustainable energy technologies. The Department, which has more than 200 employees, was founded in 2012.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 10,600 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.