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APT Positions Available


Northwestern University

Contact: Laurence Marks
Mailing Address: Dept Mat Sci & Engr 2220 Campus Drive Cook Hall Room 2036

Position Title: Postdoc Position

Description: Two postdoctoral positions are available at Northwestern University in the group of Laurie Marks (, starting in February-March 2021. Additive Manufacturing of Mo/Si/B alloys: This project will involve working with collaborators who are fabricating Mo/Si/B alloys.

Understanding Corrosion in 4D: This project will involve work with collaborators on numerous aspects of corrosion. A strong background in state of the art characterization techniques such as aberration-corrected microscopies and atom probe tomography is essential. Additional expertise in DFT would be advantageous, as would be a metallurgy background – neither are essential if there is a willingness to learn.

Applicants should send a short CV which includes publications as well as the names and emails of three referees to Laurence Marks. Note: Specific References to relevant publications can be found at

Application Expiration Date: 2/1/2021 12:00:00 AM

Imperial College London

Research Facility Manager at CRYO-EPS (Engineering and Physical Sciences)

CRYO-EPS is a newly established facility that focuses on cryo-enabled correlative microscopy approaches, blending electron microscopy and atom probe tomography to reveal structure and composition of materials of engineering interest up to the near-atomic-scale.

Additional information, or to apply, click here.

imec - KUL

PhD positions in APT at imec (Belgium), the world-leading R&D hub for nano- and digital electronics

Position Description: The ever-ongoing downscaling of semiconductor technology has led to a paradigm shift from planar to 3D devices. The performance of these devices is now tailored by the structure and chemical composition at the atomic level, i.e. just a few misplaced dopant atoms can make the difference. Device fabrication has therefore never been so dependent on accurate characterization and this will only become more important as tomorrow's materials and devices become increasingly complex with the new materials and ingenious fabrication processes that continue to unfold.

Thus, having a 3D metrology solution with close to atomic precision is not only a dream - it’s required! Driven by this quest, atom probe tomography (APT) has emerged as the promised solution. All the world’s major semiconductor manufacturers are looking at, and competing, to implement APT to fulfill their need for a 3D metrology.

Here at imec we are working with our semiconductor partners to make this happen. Our goal at imec is to remain at the forefront of metrology research and development. In this framework, we have several PhD positions available, which allow the candidates to work with imec’s state of the art equipment in conjunction with our semiconductor partners, not only for the development of a 3D metrology revolution (APT), but applying it to the materials and structures of tomorrows semiconductor applications.

You can find more information on our PhD topics, criteria, and application procedure in the links below:

Achieving high-resolution, quantitative tomography of 3-dimensional nano-scale devices (TEM/APT).

Measure the 3-dimensional dopant distribution with near-atomic resolution to explain and predict electrical properties of future nano-scale devices.

We additionally have a position in the framework of a collaboration with the China Scholarship Council (CSC), by which imec, the university of Leuven and CSC jointly offer PhD scholarships to outstanding Chinese students.

For more information, contact Dr. Jeroen Scheerder

Application Expiration Date: 4/15/2021 12:00:00 AM


Postdoc in irradiation effects in fuel rods

Open position for a post-doc who will perform research on irradiation effects in fuel rods made of zirconium alloys. As neutron irradiation affects the material on the atomic scale, advanced characterization tools have to be applied to gain a mechanistic understanding of the processes. The project will be performed in close cooperation with industry and there wil be interaction with the international projects MUZIC and MIDAS.

The main part of the work will be to perform materials studies of neutron irradiated material using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and APT. For sample preparation, focused ion beam (FIB/SEM) will be used. Results will be presented at project meetings and in scientific journals.

Click here for more information, or to apply.

PNNL is looking to hire up to two postdocs with an expected start date of October 2020 for a new US Department of Energy Office of Science (Basic Energy Sciences) funded early career research project. The position will be focused on Cryo FIB and APT for understanding coupled effects of dermation, hydrogen, and oxidation during stress corrosion cracking of Fe-based alloys.

For more information, or to apply, click here.


At the Department of Materials Science and Engineering there is a vacancy for a Professor/Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering (Atom Probe Tomography)

This is NTNU
At NTNU, creating knowledge for a better world is the vision that unites our 7 400 employees and 42 000 students. We are looking for dedicated employees to join us.

About the position
We are seeking a highly qualified candidate as professor or associate professor. The position will strengthen the research profile in materials characterization at the Department towards a cross-disciplinary research activity in the field of 3D Atom Probe Tomography (APT) characterization.

A new state-of-the-art 3D Atom Probe instrument provides unique research opportunities. The position is affiliated with the MiMaC national infrastructure including the Atom Probe Tomography laboratory ( The position is associated with the Physical Metallurgy group ( The position reports to the Head of the Department.

Research activities in the Department cover a wide range of topics including electrochemical energy technology, functional materials and materials chemistry, nanomaterials, ceramics, corrosion, physical metallurgy and metallurgical and electrochemical process engineering. For more information about the Department and our activities, reference is made to the web page

Duties of the position
This position is focused on cross-disciplinary research activities in the field of 3D Atom Probe Tomography (APT) characterization utilizing the established state of the art APT laboratory and other relevant national infrastructures. The successful candidate is expected to develop and be responsible for the following tasks:

The holder of this position will be responsible for the APT laboratory and relevant competence development and specifically teaching activities related to the use of APT.
The candidate will be responsible for taking part in teaching and development in courses in materials science and engineering and particularly material characterization techniques, as well as supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates.
To show a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships.
It is desired that that the candidate will strengthen the existing research profile of the Department and contribute to strengthen the national and international collaboration in academia and industry.

Required selection criteria
For both the Professor and the Associate Professor:
The applicant must have well documented scientific competence, preferably with hands-on operation experience of advanced APT instruments.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in physical metallurgy/materials science or a related field and an excellent and relevant track record over the last five years of research.
The research field of the candidate should contribute to strengthening of the already ongoing research in the Department, preferably within the Physical Metallurgy group.
In depth knowledge of other advanced material characterization techniques will be considered as an advantage.
Emphasis will be placed on the scientific competence as well as experience with supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students. Evaluation of the applicant will be based on documented material, including teaching experience at university level, pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, experience from supervision and teaching of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills. The evaluation will take into account the loss of research productivity for applicants who have had parental leave during the last years.
You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

3NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.
You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU. Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

For the full Professor:
The full professorship candidates must document a leadership in research that has led to an extensive and excellent research track record with publications in highly reputed journals. Candidates must document high-quality teaching and supervision experience. In addition, the candidate must show the ability to promote collaborative research and a strong documented funding generation ability.
In addition to formal qualifications in teaching at university level, you must document development in teaching and counselling of students over time extensive experience with supervision preferably at the master / PhD level participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment

The position of Professor requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-2.

For the Associate Professor:
The associate professorship candidates must document the ability to initiate and lead research and publish in recognized international journals.
The applicants should document formal training and teaching and supervision experience.
The position of Associate Professor within (subject area) requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4.

Personal characteristics
Emphasis will be placed on:
Creativity with respect to initiate and lead research and teaching activities
Good collaboration skills and ability to work in a large research group
Ability to work across traditional disciplines
Interest in teaching, good pedagogical and communication skills
Personal suitability and motivation for the position
In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

We offer 
 - exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
 - an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
 - favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
 - employee benefits.

Salary and conditions
The position as Professor/Associate Professor (code 1013/1011) comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application
The application and supporting documentation must be in English.
Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas, including list of publications with bibliographical references.
Name and address of three references
Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (max 10 pages)
A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research to the position. A list of your works with information on where they have been published.
Research plan
A brief statement of teaching experience and teaching plan
Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU”
Details of relevant projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.
Your application will be considered by an expert committee and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a trial lecture.

General information
If you have any questions about the position, please contact:
Acting Head of Department, Tor Grande, telephone: + 47 97616918, email:,
Group Leader, Associated Professor Ida Westermann, e-mail:,
Professor Yanjun Li, email:,
A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply.
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: NV-60/20.
Application deadline: 01.08.2020
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
NTNU - knowledge for a better world
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Jobbnorge ID: 186586, Deadline: 01.08.2020, Customer reference: 2020/12030

Atom Probe Scientist at Nanolab Technologies, Inc., Milpitas, CA


Nanolab Technologies’ highly skilled and experienced team of scientists, engineers, and analysts provides industry leading techniques to help you solve your problems. Our clients include leading edge tech companies in a diverse range of industries and business sectors who design, manufacture or incorporate electronics for tomorrow’s technology driven world. With a state-of-the-art, purpose designed laboratory equipped with leading edge microscopy and analytical tools, that provide ultra-high spatial resolution, Nanolab Technologies offers the finest knowledge based analytical solutions available today.

Nanolab is looking for a scientist who will be responsible for the promotion and growth of the Atom Probe business, working closely with manufacturer to develop advanced 3D characterization technique and providing advanced training to team members, new users on equipment operation and technical analysis.

Daily responsibilities include interacting with customers, using the Atom Probe for data collection, sample preparation using Focused Ion Beam, performing 3D reconstruction analysis, writing scientific reports for Nanolab’ customers, maintaining the tool performance.


  • PhD in Materials Science with minimum 3-year hands on experience in Atom Probe Tomography and Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam / Scanning Electron Microscopy, minimum 3-year experience in FIB sample preparation for Atom Probe and APT/TEM characterization of materials
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse customer base and in a team environment
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment
  • Strong problem-solving skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience in coordinating with instrument service team to keep the equipment running at the optimal condition

If you’re interested, please contact us -

Postdoctoral Researcher (2y) in Atom Probe Tomography on semiconductor materials and devices
imec Leuven, Belgium
imec Leuven Kapeldreef 75 3001 Leuven, Belgium

Position Description:
Application Expiration Date: December 31, 2020

Click here to apply.


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