Université de Franche-Comté (UFC)
13 Early Stage Researchers in MSCN European Training Network “ENHANCE”
Université de Franche-Comté (UFC)
L'Université de Franche-Comté (UFC) est une université pluridisciplinaire, à taille humaine, implantée dans 5 villes de la région : Besançon, Belfort, Montbéliard, Vesoul et Lons-le-Saunier.
Zum Arbeitgeberprofil
Veröffentlicht: vor einem Monat
Bewerbungsschluss: Jan. 15
Standort: Besançon, Frankreich
Sie müssen sich anmelden oder ein Konto erstellen, um diesen Job zu Ihren Favoriten hinzuzufügen.
See application details in the description

13 Early Stage Researchers in MSCN European Training Network “ENHANCE”

Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD positions - 13 Early Stage Researchers positions - European Training Network “ENHANCE”

The Initial Training Network entitled "Piezoelectric Energy Harvesters for Self-Powered Automotive Sensors: from Advanced Lead-Free Materials to Smart Systems (ENHANCE)" will provide thirteen Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with broad and intensive training within a multidisciplinary research and teaching environment. Key training topics will include development of energy harvesters compatible with MEMS technology and able to power wireless sensor. Applied to automobiles, such technology will allow for 50 kg of weight saving, connection simplification, space reduction, and reduced maintenance costs - all major steps towards creating green vehicles. Other important topics include technology innovation, education and intellectual asset management.

ENHANCE links world-leading research groups at academic institutions to give a combined, integrated approach of synthesis/fabrication, characterization, modeling/theory linked to concepts for materials integration in devices and systems. Such a science-supported total engineering approach will lead towards efficient piezoelectric energy harvesters viable for the automotive industry. ESRs will focus on this common research objective, applying a multidisciplinary bottom-up approach, which can be summarized by: "engineered molecule- advanced material- designed device - smart system". ENHANCE also seeks to intensify the relationship between academic and private sectors, and to train highly skilled young researchers for new materials and device technologies. Both are essential to provide a strong European lead over the rest of the world in this highly competitive industry.

The ENHANCE consortium partners recognise that engineering graduates face a rapidly changing work environment, with short product development times and life cycles, rapid evolution of knowledge, new methods of working, and, of course, new career paths and opportunities outside those of traditional PhD academia and research. It is therefore essential to prepare them to address both these challenges along with the complex technical, social, commercial and ethical questions raised by emerging engineering technologies (e.g. in the fields of nanotechnologies, energy, healthcare, environment, raising living standards,etc.) and practices.

Project partners: University of Franche-Comté (coordinator, FR); Imperial College (UK), INSA Lyon (FR), University of Catania (IT), Grenoble INP (FR), University of Cologne (DE), Cedrat Technologies (FR), AIXTRON (DE), ST Microelectronics (IT)

Associated partners: PSA Peugeot Citroen (FR), FrecInIsys (FR), EPFL (CH), EpiValence (UK), ST Microelectronics (FR), Knowledge Transfer Network (UK).


The ENHANCE consortium will also address the key doctoral training elements of academic and transferrable skills provision by establishing exciting and attractive academic and transferrable skills modules. In the different Area of Knowledge of the ENHANCE programme, a specific programme of specialisation, tailored on the needs of the chosen research field available at the different partner places, will be proposed to the PhD students and specified in their Personal Career Development Plan. We will ensure co-ordinated provision of these key doctoral training elements that can best leverage on the international capabilities of the consortium, on its unique and complementary skills base reflecting both national and regional strengths and, on the on-going developments of new curriculum in the fields of materials, modelling, devices and systems for energy harvesting and future vehicles. The academic skills provision will build from the assumption that all the centre skills education programmes will be modular, with specific credit modules and available across the partner centre sites using both traditional (lecture, seminar, summer school, workshop) and widely developed web-based delivery actually developed by several partners. A key topic for 21st century engineers will be technology management including topics such as technology innovation and intellectual asset management. The opportunity for the ESRs to explore and acquire these multidisciplinary skills within the international context of ENHANCE will uniquely position them for the future. The rapid race of engineering research and the steady integration of engineered technology in our infrastructure and life, calls for more involvement from engineers, scientists and technologists in the setting of public policy and in participation in the civic arena.

Eligibility criteria

  • Master degree or equivalent degree which formally entitle to embark on a doctorate;
  • Must not have resided or carried out main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of host organisation for more than 12 months in the last 3 years (short stays for holidays do not count);
  • Must be in the first four years of full-time equivalent research experience of their research careers (starting from the date when the degree enabling the access to the PhD studies was obtained)
  • Have not already been awarded a doctoral degree

Selection process

How to apply:

In order to apply, send by email to Project Manager Antonio Cavallaro, antonio.cavallaro@femto-st.fr or to coordinator@itn-enhance.com the following docs:

the following docs:

  • CV (2 pages)
  • Diploma (copy) of Master degree or equivalent degree which formally entitle to embark on a doctorate, including annexes with marks/classifications.
  • Cover letter (1 page)
  • Names and contact details of two referees, who agreed to provide recommendation letters
  • List of selected Phd topics in order or preference

Applications should be submitted electronically before January 15th 2018

Please note that the positions on offer will not be closed until the recruitment panels will not find candidates who fit all the set requirements.

Offer Requirements


Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent

Physics: Master Degree or equivalent

Chemistry: Master Degree or equivalent

Technology: Master Degree or equivalent


ENGLISH: Excellent


Qualifications & experience:

  • Master degree or equivalent degree which formally entitle to embark on a doctorate;
  • Fluent English (oral and written);
  • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft office, image editors);
  • Background and expertise in the field of PhD topic;


Personal skills:

-High motivation, excellent interpersonal skills, good time and stress management, excellent written and oral skills

Please check out the following websites for further information on the project



We offer 13 positions with very competitive salaries in Italy, Germany, UK and France. ESRs 1-6 will start on September-October 2017, ESRs 7-10 on January 2018, and ESRs11-13 on March-April 2018 (see below for the topic descriptions of ESRs 1-13).

Positions still accepting applications:

One position at AIXTRON:

Aachen, Germany, www.aixtron.com;

Contact: B.Schineller@aixtron.com; M.Heuken@aixtron.com

  • ESR2: Modelling and simulations of CVD processes; Supervisor: M. Heuken

Control of precursor transport and decomposition process; modelling of commercial and advanced precursor chemical decomposition processes; theoretical definition the deposition conditions for the growth of thin films, highly conformal coverage of 3D structures or initiation of nanowire growth from vapour phase; simulation of chemical processes, heat transfer and flows in the reactors of academic partner by computational fluid dynamics (CFD), commercial and AIXTRON developed softwares; evaluation of up-scaling possibilities of developed growth methods and the potential market .

One position at University of Catania/INSTM:

Catania, Italy, https://www.unict.it/en/ & http://www.instm.it/en/instm.aspx

Contact: gmalandrino@unict.it

  • ESR3: Multiferroic films and nanostructures for hybrid energy harvesters; Supervisors: G. Malandrino & G.G. Condorelli

Growth of epitaxial and textured films with optimized texture/stoichiometry/defects/ composition/domain (natural and artificial) structure on Si or metal foil; optimization of doping on the A and/or B site and poling procedure to improve the piezoelectric, photovoltaic and pyroelectric properties with particular emphasis on photovoltaic-piezoelectric relationship; study of physical properties properties as a function of temperature; study of photovoltaic properties of ENHANCE developed materials; testing the possibility to grow vertically aligned structures or 3D structured films from vapour phase or by using templates; study of the relationship between processing-composition-structure-morphology-physical properties.

One position at Institute FEMTO-ST, University of Franche-Comté:

Besançon, France, www.femto-st.fr & www.univ-fcomte.fr;

Contact: mrakoton@femto-st.fr

  • ESR9: Design of mechanical structure and electronic interface of hybrid energy harvesters; Supervisors: M. Rakotondrabe (UFC), M. Lallart & P.J. Cottinet (INSA Lyon)

Models of structures with passive (non-piezoelectric) and active (piezoelectric) devoted to harvesters by considering (vibrational) mechanical and thermal excitations; optimized structures with multi-degrees of freedom by combining piezoelectric modeling with control theory tools; design of optimal multi-modal thermal-vibrational energy harvesters operational up to 600 °C with specifications relative to engines in automotives; micro-fabrication and characterization of hybrid transducer. Development of energy harvesting electronic interface able to efficiently extract different type energies (vibrational and/or thermal) converted by the same active electromagnetic and/or piezoelectric transducer. This includes development, modelling and design of efficient, low-power electronic interfaces and regulation circuits: (i) able to maximize the extracted energy for each transducer, based for example on nonlinear treatments of the output electrical quantity (voltage, current, charge) of the transducers; (ii) able to harvest energy in an efficient way from several sources or conversion effects (hybrid energy harvesting); (iii) ensuring optimal operation of the extraction interfaces, based for example of DC/DC converters or Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT). The particular attention will be given to the power consumption of the proposed technique.

One positions at University of Cologne:

Cologne, Germany, https://www.portal.uni-koeln.de/uoc_home.html?&L=1


Contacts: sanjay.mathur@uni-koeln.de, lisa.czympiel@uni-koeln.de

  • ESR5: Growth of piezoelectric nanostructures and films for vibrational energy harvesters; Supervisor: S. Mathur

Growth of substrate-supported piezoelectric vertically aligned nanostructures and films from vapour phase or from solutions by using commercial precursors or designed precursors (supplied by ESR1); optimization of the vertical alignment of the nanostructures; enhancement of piezoelectric, elastic, pyroelectric, photovoltaic properties (with a focus on the elastic and piezoelectric properties) by adjusting the composition, dimensions of nanostructures and growth direction; electrical poling of the grown structures; relationship processing-composition-structure-size-morphology-physical properties.

  • ESR6: Self-supported nanomeshes of piezoelectric materials for vibrational energy harvesters; Supervisor: S. Mathur

In this research project, the candidate will work on the controlled growth of piezoelectric self-supported nanomeshes by electrospinning through adapted chemical and processing parameters (using commercial precursors as well as specifically designed precursors). Elaboration of tandem approaches (Electrospinning + CVD) to control texture/stochiometry of the final material as well as enhancement of piezoelectric/elastic/pyroelectric/photovoltaic properties by adjusting the dimensions of nanostructures will be investigated. The relationship between processing, composition, structure, size, morphology with resulting physical properties is of special interest. The candidate should have a profound background in materials chemistry, inorganic chemistry and nanotechnology. After successfully completing the doctoral studies, the candidate will be awarded a German doctoral degree in Chemistry (Dr. rer. nat.) by the University of Cologne.

One position at IMEP-LAHC, Grenoble Institute of Technology:

Grenoble, France, http://imep-lahc.grenoble-inp.fr/grenoble, http://www.grenoble-inp.fr/

Contact: Laurent.Montes@grenoble-inp.fr

  • ESR8: Vertical nanowire integrated nanogenerators based on nanostructures with high K2; Supervisors: L. Montes

Study of direct piezoelectric effect in nanowires (grown by ESR6 & ESR 7) by lateral and vertical AFM piezoelectric measurements; study of size effect and size distribution on the piezoelectric coefficients; electrical modelling of nanowire based transducers; FEM simulations for predictive scaling of nanowires; modelling, fabrication and characterization of vertical nanowire integrated nanogenerators (VING) working in non-resonance mode; comparison of performance of VINGs based on materials with low and high K2

One position at Cedrat Technologies:

Meylan, France, www.cedrat-technologies.com,


Contact: jobs@cedrat-tec.com

  • ESR13: Simulation and design of nonlinear hybrid harvester systems, their integration and testing; Supervisors: F. Claeyssen & F. Bourgain (CTEC) and M. Lallart & D. Audigier (INSA)

Help to determine specifications and expected performances of the new harvesters based on CTEC’s experience; modelling, design, integration, of hybrid thermal-vibrational energy harvesters and electromagnetic-piezoelectric harvesters. Modelling and developing a test bench based on CTEC APA actuators, adapted to low frequency, low amplitude vibrations. Integration to CTEC’s measurement tools and data acquisition systems. Testing of hybrid thermal-vibrational, solar-vibrational energy harvesters and electromagnetic-piezoelectric harvesters on test-bench and in the cars.

For more details concerning the PhD topics, please, contact directly the representatives of employing institutions (email addresses are given above).

Sie müssen sich anmelden oder ein Konto erstellen, um diesen Job zu Ihren Favoriten hinzuzufügen.