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Open Positions

Students interested in these projects are encouraged to contact the group for more information. The group actively seeks applicants from all backgrounds.

Post-doc in Advanced Electron Microscopy Software & Hardware (September 2020 start)

The Ultramicroscopy is currently recruiting for a post-doctoral researcher (4 year contract, subject to probation) for September 2020 start. The role will include supporting the research areas of the group with a focus on advanced software and hardware for the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM).

Requirements:

  • The ideal applicant will have a PhD in Physics, Materials Science or related disciplines. Previous experience in transmission electron microscopy is essential, ideally with experience in high-resolution EELS and EDX mapping. A strong independent publication record is desirable. Computer programming, electronics, and 3D drawing/printing would be advantageous but not essential. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.

PhD in Advanced Electron Detectors & Scanning Strategies (September 2020 start)

The Ultramicroscopy is offering one fully funded PhD position (4 years, stipend plus fees) for September 2020 start in the area of advanced detectors for electron microscopy and novel beam-scanning strategies. This project will exploit recent developments in low-cost electronics and 3D-printable scintillator materials to explore the potential for a new lower-cost position sensitive electron sensor for 4D scanning transmission electron microscopy. This project will also explore novel scanning strategies for scanning-TEM (STEM) to reduce beam-damage and increase data-precision.

Requirements:

  • The ideal applicant will have a 1st Class Honours Master's or Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Electronics, Materials Science or related disciplines. Previous experience with electron microscopy, computer programming, electronics, and 3D drawing/printing would be advantageous but not essential. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • A stipend will be paid to the student (monthly). Fees are provided up to the EU fee level. Non-EU students will need to provide the fee difference.

PhD in Low-voltage High-resolution X-ray Mapping (September 2020 start)

The Ultramicroscopy is offering one fully funded PhD position (4 years, stipend plus fees) for September 2020 start in the area of low-voltage scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) concentrating in high-resolution x-ray mapping and high spatial-precision imaging. This project will exploit recent developments in multi-frame acquisition and alignment software, as well as novel sample holder geometries.

Requirements:

  • The ideal applicant will have a 1st Class Honours Master's or Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Electronics, Materials Science or related disciplines. Previous experience with electron microscopy, computer programming, electronics, and 3D drawing/printing would be advantageous but not essential. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • A stipend will be paid to the student (monthly). Fees are provided up to the EU fee level. Non-EU students will need to provide the fee difference.

MSc or PhD in High-precision Thermal Regulation of Electron Lenses (September 2020 start)

The Ultramicroscopy group is looking to recruit one fully funded MSc position (2 years, stipend plus fees) for September 2020 start in the area of high-precision thermal regulation. This project may potentially be extended to a 4-year PhD. This project will exploit technologies adapted from renewable energy environmental design to improve the design of temperature-stablised water-cooling technologies used in the control of electron lenses. This project has the potential to be expanded to a PhD project subject to the suitable progress of the candidate.

Requirements:

  • The ideal applicants will have a 1st Class Honours Master's or Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Thermodynamics, Materials Science or related disciplines. Previous experience with thermal-systems or mechanical engineering would be advantageous but not essential. The researcher will work closely with other members of a multidisciplinary project team. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • A stipend will be paid to the student (monthly). Fees are provided up to the EU fee level. Non-EU students will need to provide the fee difference.

Proposed Final-year Projects (Michaelmas 2020)

Final-year Physics undergraduate students interested in electron microscopy are encouraged to get in touch to discuss potential projects in the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory for 2020.

  • "Using Drone Camera Software on the Microscale for 3D Imaging in the Scanning Electron Microscope"
  • "3D Printing of Sample Holders for Transmission Electron Microscopy"
  • "Doubling Electron Microscope Video-rates Using Frame Interlacing"
  • "Reducing the Carbon-footprint of Electron Microscopy: a New Approach to Lens Design"

Rolling PhD Opportunities

Enquiries form interested students are always welcome under the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme.

Summer Internship Opportunities

The Ultramicroscopy group, based in the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory may be able to offer summer work experience for Trinity undergraduates. Interested students should contact the group for more details. This year we are planning to offer three internships:

  • "Machine-learning for real-time STEM image denoising"
  • "Using video-game GPUs to better predict focus-blur in the Transmission Electron Microscope"
  • "Evaluating the market landscape of transmission electron microscopes in Ireland & Europe"