Job openings at Physics Department at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)

PhD positions (ESR) - summary

For the EU-funded MSCA-ITN-2020 project entitled "Developing optoelectronics in two-dimensional semiconductors" (project acronym "2Exciting"), the Physics Department at the Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) offers 2 positions as Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

The project is funded by the MARIE SKŁODOWSKA CURIE Innovative Training Network (ITN) within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. General information about the openings of the ITN 2Exciting can be found here.

The work will be carried out in the research group of Prof. Christoph Gadermaier (as part of the larger femtosecond spectroscopy activities), please feel welcome to contact christoph.gadermaier (at) for further information. The ESRs will be enrolled in the PhD programme at the Physics Department.

Job Positions

ESR n°1 will focus on the use of femtosecond optical spectroscopy to explore possible handles for controlling the electron dynamics in two-dimensional semiconductors via external and internal parameters. To this end, the ESR will investigate the role of strain, defects, and the dielectric environment on the electron dynamics, the dynamics of bright and dark excitons, and the role of exciton diffusion for electron relaxation and contribute to the development of devices that base their functionality on the variation of these control parameters. explore the effect of strain on the electronic properties in 2DS, including tensile, biaxial, isotropic (3D) and shear strain. Influence of temperature, stacking, environment (substrate/dielectric), and defects will be considered. Close cooperation with experiments on the manipulation of electronic structure by strain is envisaged.

ESR n°2 will focus on the use of femtosecond optical spectroscopy to understand the role of the stacking angle on the charge separation and recombination and on the properties of indirect excitons as well as the influence of the Moiré pattern on the indirect exciton and the role of the bright and dark exciton level alignment on the valley polarization. To this end, the ESR will investigate the relaxation behaviour of bright and dark excitons in different heterostructures, the spin transfer in heterostructures and the possibility of dielectric control of the relaxation behaviour.

Job Requirements:

University degree (MSc degree or equivalent) in physics, materials science or similar. For additional eligibility rules and requirements please see here



How to apply

The candidates should follow two steps:

Expression of interest

Highly motivated candidates must express their interest via email to Prof. Christoph Gadermaier ( before 15.12.2020. The candidates must send their CV with a Cover Letter to the contacts here below. In the Cover Letter, please provide a brief motivation as to why you wish to become an ESR within 2Exciting. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed and invited to apply to the official call of Politecnico di Milano

Application to the Open Call

Pre-screened candidates will be invited to apply to the official open call of Politecnico di Milano (call to be announced and opened by mid November). The selection process will be based on the CV and cover letter, followed by an interview for short-listed candidates.

The MSCA Program

Details about the MSCA program can be found at these links: link1, link2

The European Charter and Code for Researchers

The applicants should read the The European Charter & Code for Researchers.

Where to apply

Politecnico di Milano
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32, Building 8
20133 Milan

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