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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den - Cen­ter for Advan­cing Elec­tro­nics Dres­den (cfaed)

The TU Dres­den is one of ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an “excel­lence uni­ver­sity”. TUD has about 36.500 stu­dents and almost 5319 employees, 507 pro­fes­sors among them, and, thus, is the lar­gest uni­ver­sity in Sax­ony, today.

Having been com­mit­ted to sci­en­ces and the engi­nee­ring before the reuni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many, TU Dres­den now is a multi-disci­pline uni­ver­sity, also offe­ring huma­nities and social sci­en­ces as well as medi­cine.

2 Rese­arch Asso­cia­tes / PhD Stu­dents

(sub­ject to per­so­nal qua­li­fi­ca­tion employees are remu­ne­ra­ted accord­ing to salary group E 13 TV-L)

Rese­arch area: Orga­nic devices for non­vo­la­tile memory and neu­ro­mor­phic com­pu­ting app­li­ca­ti­ons
cfaed Inves­ti­ga­tors: Prof. Ste­fan Manns­feld
Terms: 65% of the full­time wee­kly hours, the posi­tion is a 3 years appoint­ment (with the option to be exten­ded) and starts as soon as pos­si­ble. The period of employ­ment is gover­ned by the Fixed Term Rese­arch Con-tracts Act (Wis­sen­schafts­zeit­ver­trags­ge­setz – WissZeitVG). The posi­tion offers the chance to obtain fur­ther aca­de­mic qua­li­fi­ca­tion (e.g. PhD).

Work­ing field:

Due to the way con­ven­tio­nal CMOS-based archi­tec­tures ope­rate, they are ulti­mately limi­ted by the Neu­mann bot­t­len­eck which makes them slow and energy-inef­fi­ci­ent at cer­tain tasks (vec­to­riz­able, highly par­al­lel infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing). On the other hand, the human brain is an example for an archi­tec­ture capa­ble of mas­si­vely par­al­lel pro­ces­sing of infor­ma­tion through each syn­ap­tic event only con­su­mes about 1–100 fJ. Recent deve­lop­ments have shown that orga­nic devices can be very com­pe­ti­tive in this new field. We have also recently deve­lo­ped a novel memory devices that can be read out and writ­ten to both elec­tri­cally and by light. With this rese­arch pro­jects we want to: i) explore novel device archi­tec­tures that enable neu­ro­mor­phic cir­cuit archi­tec­tures, but also ii) deve­lop non­vo­la­tile, multi-bit orga­nic memory devices that can be read and writ­ten both elec­tri­cally and opti­cally.
The suc­cess­ful can­di­da­tes will:
  • work in a mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary envi­ron­ment with access to state-of-the-art equip­ment and be part of a team of several other PhD can­di­da­tes and post­docs
  • explore dif­fe­rent fabri­ca­tion con­di­ti­ons and para­me­ters in order to opti­mize the device lay­out for elec­tri­cal func­tio­n­a­lity, data reten­tion, sto­rage den­sity, syn­ap­tic pro­per­ties etc.
  • fabri­cate orga­nic mul­ti­layer devices and small cir­cuits that con­tain these devices
  • cha­rac­te­rize the resul­ting devices both mor­pho­lo­gi­cally and elec­tri­cally, the lat­ter inclu­ding I-V, C-V, C-f, and opti­cal mea­su­rements.


We aim at attrac­ting the best talent in the respec­tive rese­arch fields and look for:
  • an out­stan­ding uni­ver­sity mas­ter degree (or equi­va­lent) in che­mi­stry, phy­sics, elec­tro­nics, mate­ri­als sci­ence or rela­ted field of phy­si­cal sci­en­ces,
  • strong know­ledge in device phy­sics/semi­con­duc­tor phy­sics,
  • pre­vious expe­ri­ence in fabri­ca­tion of orga­nic or inor­ga­nic thin film elec­tro­nic devices
  • ide­ally also prior expe­ri­ence with thin film depo­si­tion from vacuum
  • very good inter­per­so­nal and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills; in par­ti­cu­lar, the abi­lity to effec­tively work in col­la­bo­ra­tive rese­arch efforts,
  • an inde­pen­dent, tar­get- and solu­tion-dri­ven work atti­tude,
  • inter- and mul­ti­di­sci­pli­nary thin­king,
  • strong moti­va­tion and inte­rest to join one of the most ambi­tious inter­di­sci­pli­nary rese­arch clus­ters,
  • flu­ency in Eng­lish - writ­ten and oral.

What we of­fer:

What we offer
You will join a team of enthu­si­astic sci­en­tists who pur­sue crea­tively their indi­vi­dual rese­arch agenda inspi­red by the clus­ter’s inno­va­tive approach and sup­port. Your PhD rese­arch will be fos­te­red by the cfaed phi­lo­so­phy to pro­mote young rese­ar­chers which inclu­des:
  • access to state of the art rese­arch of lea­ding aca­de­mic insti­tu­tes.
  • Inter­na­tio­nal doc­to­ral pro­gram
  • pro­mo­tion of gen­der equa­lity and family-fri­endly work envi­ron­ment.

How to ap­ply:

App­li­ca­ti­ons from women are par­ti­cu­larly wel­come. The same app­lies to per­sons with disa­bi­li­ties.

Your app­li­ca­tion (in Eng­lish only) should include: moti­va­tion let­ter, CV, copy of degree cer­ti­fi­cate, tran­script of gra­des (i.e. the offi­cial list of cour­se­work inclu­ding your gra­des) and proof of Eng­lish lan­guage skills. Com­plete app­li­ca­ti­ons should be sub­mit­ted pre­fer­a­bly via the TU Dres­den Secure-Mail Por­tal by sen­ding it as a sin­gle pdf-docu­ment quo­ting the refe­rence num­ber PhD2010_Memory in the sub­ject hea­der to Con­tact: TU Dres­den, cfaed, Anne Schulze, Helm­holtz­str. 10, 01069 Dres­den, Ger­many. The clo­sing date for app­li­ca­ti­ons is Decem­ber 4, 2020. Please sub­mit copies only, as your app­li­ca­tion will not be retur­ned to you. Expen­ses incur­red in atten­ding inter­views can­not be reim­bur­sed.

Refe­rence to data pro­tec­tion: Your data pro­tec­tion rights, the pur­pose for which your data will be pro­ces­sed, as well as fur­ther infor­ma­tion about data pro­tec­tion is avail­able to you on the web­site:

About cfaed
cfaed is a rese­arch clus­ter at Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­si­tät Dres­den. As a cen­tral sci­en­ti­fic unit it brings tog­e­ther 300 rese­ar­chers from the uni­ver­sity and 10 other rese­arch insti­tu­tes in the areas of Elec­tri­cal and Com­pu­ter Engi­nee­ring, Com­pu­ter Sci­ence, Mate­ri­als Sci­ence, Phy­sics, Che­mi­stry, Bio­logy, and Mathe­ma­tics. cfaed addres­ses the advan­ce­ment of elec­tro­nic infor­ma­tion pro­ces­sing sys­tems through explo­ring new tech­no­lo­gies which over­come the limits of today’s pre­do­mi­nant CMOS tech­no­logy. For more infor­ma­tion please see
About TU Dres­den
The TU Dres­den is among the top uni­ver­si­ties in Ger­many and Europe and one of the ele­ven Ger­man uni­ver­si­ties that were iden­ti­fied as an ‘elite uni­ver­sity’ in June 2012. As a modern full-sta­tus uni­ver­sity with 17 facul­ties it offers a wide aca­de­mic range making it one of a very few in Ger­many.