Are you eager to work on fundamental plasma physical problems that find direct application in the high tech industry? In this project you will dive in the elementary processes that determine the interaction between small particles (down to the nanometer regime) and ionized media to solve contamination issues in ultraclean semiconductor manufacturing equipment for the future. In the project “Plasma Controlling Nano Contamination” funded by the Dutch research council and the companies ASML and VDL Enabling Technologies Group, we have two PhD vacancies which are experimentally oriented. Are you the one to join our team?
Particle contamination on the nanometer length scale has become an increasingly important problem to tackle for the semiconductor industry, especially since the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography (EUVL) to the field. The focus of this project is on investigating and understanding Complex Ionized Media (CIM), i.e. the interaction between 10 – 1000 nanometer sized particles (contaminants) near or at surfaces, and an exotic ionized environment, such as that relevant for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL). The latter is known to be a complex interplay between gas molecules, (EUV) photons able to ionize, EUV-induced plasmas, secondary electrons, delicate surfaces and large (plasma-induced or externally applied) electric fields. From utilization point of view, immediate application of the research results in EUVL and the development of novel mitigation strategies for nano contamination are important.
As one of the two PhD students in this project, you will perform in-depth (experimental) research which leads - through analytical modeling efforts - to enhanced understanding of the above ecosystems. At the same time, you act as bridge between the university and stakeholders from the involved companies. This means, that your research is fundamentally oriented while you always have in mind the application of you results in the relevant high tech environments.
The PhD positions are fully embedded in the CIMlabs group in the department of Applied Physics and Science Education of the Eindhoven University of Technology. However, candidates are expected to spend considerable time at the respective companies as well in order to sense applicational oriented challenges and transfer knowledge. This gives you the chance to experience both: academia and industry.
Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually limited to around 5% of your contract time.
NOTE: For candidates with specific interest in teaching and education there is the option for a 5-year PhD studentship. Teaching and education will be substantial during this full PhD project, with a total amount of extra time equivalent to a full contract year. Please express your interest to the vacancy holder/supervisor in charge.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
Job Beckers, Principle Investigator CIMlabs, j.beckers[at]tue.nl.
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