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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.

PhD in Advanced Electron Detectors (September 2020 start)

The Ultramicroscopy group expects to be able to offer one fully funded PhD position (4 years, stipend plus fees) for September 2020 start in the area of advanced detectors for electron microscopy. 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.

Requirements:

  • The ideal applicants 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.

MSc 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 will exploit techologies 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.

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.

  • "Evaluating TEM sample holder performance for low-voltage x-ray mapping"
  • More projects TBC...

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.