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13 positions for PhD candidates/research associates

Universität Duisburg-Essen
Closing date
7 Aug 2022

We are a young, innovative university in the middle of the Metropole Ruhr. Excellent in research and teaching, we think in terms of possibilities instead of limits and develop ideas with a future. We live diversity, promote potential, and are committed to educational equity worthy of the name.

The newly established DFG International Research Training Group (GRK 2803) Scalable 2DMaterials Architectures (2D-MATURE): Synthesis and Processing, Characterization and Functionality, Implementation and Demonstration is starting in October 2022. This program is an international collaboration between the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) / RWTH Aachen University (RWTH, both in Germany) and the University of Waterloo (UW, Canada). Part of the international qualification within the 2D-MATURE is a 6–8 month research stay in Canada.

The research focus of 2D-MATURE is on development of scalable synthesis and processing routes for 2D materials, understanding interface-controlled functionality in realistic architectures, and demonstration of showcase applications, like light emitters, light sensors, supercapacitors, and batteries. Research and training tasks will be carried out by a collaborative and interdisciplinary team from electrical, mechanical, and chemical engineering, as well as physics and chemistry, with the intention to bring promising new 2D materials out of the laboratory and into the marketplace.

2D-MATURE invites applications for 13 positions for PhD candidates / research associates (m/f/d) (E13 TV-L) in the research areas of

  • synthesis and processing of scalable 2D materials;
  • analysis and modeling of their functionality in realistic architectures; and
  • implementation of these materials in optoelectronic and energy storage devices.

There are 12 positions available at UDE and one at RWTH. A subset of these positions will be for a “cotutelle” between UDE and UW, in which the candidates will spend equal time at UDE and UW.

We offer

  • opportunity to conduct high-level, interdisciplinary research in a stimulating environment
  • international exchange
  • interdisciplinary, international, and intersectoral training
  • regular supervision and mentoring

Your profile

  • you are a talented and enthusiastic candidate with high interest in the research topic of 2DMATURE
  • you have abilities for problem-solving and independent work
  • your previous professional history fits to the research tasks of 2D-MATURE
  • your (expected) Master's degree has very good marks in a relevant subject area

The participating institutions view equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and are committed to accessibility for all students and employees ( All candidates will be considered, although applications are particularly encouraged from women and under-represented groups. In accordance with German state equality legislation, women with equal qualifications will be given priority. People with disabilities are also encouraged to apply (see Section 2 Paragraph 3 of the German Social Code, SGB IX.)

Contract will start: October, 1st, 2022
Contract will end: March, 31st, 2026
Working hours: 100 percent of a full position
Application deadline: 07.08.2022

Interested candidates should fill in the application form available at and send it together with a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a copy of all university degrees and other certificates in a single pdf-file to Please mention in your application which projects and principal investigators provide the best match with your background and interest.

Additional PhD positions and positions for a thesis-based Master of Applied Science are available at UW in Canada. Please contact Prof. Dr. Michael Pope (UW, for details.

For more detailed information on the program and the application procedure please refer to Applicants are encouraged to contact the spokespersons in case of any questions: Prof. Dr. Gerd Bacher (UDE, and Prof. Dr. Michael Pope (UW,

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