PhD position on ‘Topological Field Effect Transistor’

PhD position on ‘Topological Field Effect Transistor’

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6 Nov 30 Nov Enschede

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Are you passionate about revolutionizing electronics and spintronics? We are offering a challenging PhD position in our cutting-edge research group focused on the development of a topological transistor based on germanium. Dive deep into the world of quantum spin Hall insulators, harnessing their unique properties to create energy-efficient electronic devices. In this role, you will explore germanene's potential, a germanium analogue of graphene, and its groundbreaking applications in topological transistors. Join us to bridge the gap between fundamental research and the future of low-power electronic devices.

Are you captivated by the future of electronics and spintronics? Imagine being at the forefront of a breakthrough that could redefine modern computing. At our research group, you will delve into the intriguing world of quantum spin Hall insulators, particularly germanene, a germanium analogue of graphene.

You will have the opportunity to shape the future of energy-efficient electronic devices. Your research will focus on harnessing the unique properties of germanene to construct a topological transistor that operates with almost no energy loss. As you explore, you will not only advance the realm of quantum matter and quantum charge transport but also bridge the gap between foundational research and innovative applications of quantum materials.

We believe that a positive and supportive working atmosphere is essential for achieving excellence, and we prioritize the well-being and professional growth of our team members. If you are looking to make a lasting impact in the world of low-power electronic devices and be at the vanguard of scientific knowledge, this is the place for you.


University of Twente (UT)


  • You are an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher.
  • You have, or will shortly, acquire a master's degree in the field of physics or applied physics.
  • You have a creative mindset and excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You excel in both written and verbal communication.
  • You have a good team spirit and like to work in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment.
  • You are fluent in English.
  • You are adaptable and open to exploring interdisciplinary research areas.

Conditions of employment

  • A full-time position for four years, with a qualifier in the first year, and the flexibility to work (partially) from home
  • The PhD salary is € 2.770,- in the first year, increasing to € 3.539,- in the fourth year
  • There are excellent benefits including a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%, and a solid pension scheme
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis
  • The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • You will have a training programme as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.


You will work at the Physics of Interfaces and Nanomaterials group, Department of Nano Electronic Materials. We are focused on creating a collaborative environment where team members can work together effectively. Our department emphasizes open communication, with monthly colloquia with invited speakers, allowing students to learn from experts in the field. Additionally, we hold annual meetings to discuss departmental updates and for the students to share recent advancements. Joining our team means being a part of a proactive community that values practical collaboration and ongoing learning.


  • PhD
  • Natural sciences
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1517


University of Twente (UT)

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