PhD Scholarship at University of Ghent

University of Ghent is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a new opening PhD position. Applications are welcome before October 01, 2019.

1 PhD position in the topic: "Modelling of reactive magnetron sputter deposition" in the research group : Dedicated Research on Advanced Films and Targets (Prof. D. Depla).

This position fits in a project of Special Research Fund (UGent) entitled TIMERS, Targeted Investigation of Momentary Effects during Reactive Sputtering. Magnetron sputtering is a mature technique for the deposition of thin films, both at laboratory and industrial level. Conceptually, the technique is quite simple and the process can be summarized in a few lines. A gas discharge is ignited by the application of a high voltage between a cathode and an anode. To increase the ionization efficiency of the electrons emitted from the cathode, a magnetic field is generated by a set of magnets placed behind the cathode. The ions present in the plasma, bombard the cathode which results in the ejection or sputtering of atoms. These sputtered atoms condense on the vacuum chamber walls and on the substrate to form a thin film. Behind this apparent simplicity, a complex interplay between different physical and chemical processes is hidden. The dynamics of these processes are currently not well modelled. This lack of a modelling approach is in sharp contrast to the technological implementation of reactive magnetron sputtering with a clear, but often overlooked time dependency. The project TIMERS wishes to investigate the time dependency mainly by simulations but some dedicated series of experiments are also foreseen. The outcome of the project will be a new version of the reactive sputter deposition (RSD) model capable to tackle the most complicated processes during reactive magnetron sputtering.

It is the intention to fill this position as soon as possible. Please send your CV. We will contact you if your CV is applicable.

Deadline: October 01, 2019
Apply Link: Please send your application via email.

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