Scientific Internship: Sandwiching Salts

Date posted March 25, 2024
Type Scientific internships

At the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) we carry out exciting fundamental physics research at the highest possible level with relevance to key technologies in nanolithography. We contribute to the production of ever smarter and smaller electronics, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of our fundamental insight into the workings of nature.

The research field of tribology, devoted to contact formation, friction and wear phenomena down to the atomic scale, is of direct and pressing relevance to the manufacture of semiconductor devices. Friction-induced stresses and deformations on the scale of only a few atomic spacings are starting to challenge the future of nanolithography technology, limiting the achievable feature size in semiconductor chips.

In this project, you will deposit salts onto silicon wafers and investigate how salt crystals, sandwiched between stiff solids, influence the friction and wear behavior of those stiff solids. The project is largely experimental in will involve friction/wear experiments at the mN and or nN scale.


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About the group

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You have or will soon have a Bachelor’s degree in physics or a related field and will participate in a Master study during the entire internship duration. The internship must be a mandatory part of your curriculum. You have a nationality of an EU member state and/or you are a student at a Netherlands University. Please note: As of January 2021 the UK is no longer an EU member state. 

Terms of employment

At the start of the traineeship your trainee plan will be set out, in consultation with your ARCNL supervisor.

Contact info

dr. B. Weber
Group leader Contact Dynamics
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100

You can respond to this vacancy online via the button below.
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–  Resume;

–  List of followed courses plus grades.
Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis and as soon as an excellent match is made, the position will be filled.

Online screening may be part of the selection.

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