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PhD – Ga2O3: fundamental electrical properties and defects in MOS devices

KC-02 PhD – Ga2O3: fundamental electrical properties and defects in MOS devices

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

Ga2O3 is a material that has attracted particular attention recently. This oxide can exist in different crystalline structures. The most stable structure is the orthorhombic -Ga2O3 which presents an ultra-wide bandgap (4.8 eV), a high critical field and electron mobility values up to ~150 cm2/Vs where the electron concentration can be tuned over a wide range (1013 cm-3 – 1020 cm-3) based on the growth conditions. In contrast to other wide band gap materials (GaN, SiC) wafer diameter of 300 mm or larger can be grown by Czochralski resulting in lower fabrication costs for Ga2O3 devices. This combination of electronic and wafer scale properties opens new possibilities in power electronics and applications in harsh environments. Low temperature deposited Ga2O3 could also play an important role in the development of 3D monolithic integration, where active semiconductor switches, memory or sensing elements are integrated in what is traditionally the passive back-end-of-line metallisation.

Ga2O3: Understanding growth, Interfaces and Defects to enable next generation Electronics (GUIDE) is a US-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Project dedicated to the study of fundamental interface and material properties that affect the performance of Ga2O3 devices. The project partners include University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Tyndall National Institute and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).

Key Responsibilities and research objectives

The PhD thesis will explore the fundamental properties of different crystalline forms (from amorphous to crystalline) of Ga2O3. The effect of Ga2O3 film crystalline structure on electronic transport properties will be investigated. The PhD candidate will use Hall effect measurements to investigate doping compensation mechanisms in these films. The characterisation of defects at the interface between the semiconducting Ga2O3 and the insulating high-k dielectric is another important part of this thesis. This activity will be crucial to the understanding of ferroelectric oxides on Ga2O3 for non-volatile memory applications operating at high temperature or in harsh environments. The PhD candidate is expected to spend research exchange visits at the labs of partners (UTD and QUB) involved in GUIDE.

Essential criteria

  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in physics, electrical engineering or materials science
  • Knowledge in semiconductor physics
  • Hands on and flexible attitude
  • High degree of responsibility and independence
  • Able to collaborate with team members and project partners outside Tyndall
  • Good presentation skills, excellent written and oral English level

Desirable criteria

  • Electrical characterisation techniques (I-V, C-V, Hall)
  • Semiconductor processing and characterisation (XRD, SEM,TEM, AFM)
  • TCAD Device simulator environment (Atlas, Sentaurus…)

For queries, please contact: Dr Karim Cherkaoui ( or Prof. Paul Hurley (

An annual student stipend of €19,000 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - Click here to download the Application form and indicate the Job Reference KC-02

Step 2 - Return the completed Application form, together with your CV and motivation letter to

Please ensure that your motivation letter, CV and application letter are submitted in pdf format.

Postgraduate applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency as per UCC regulations ( Certificates should be valid (usually less than 2 years old) and should be uploaded with their application. In special circumstances the panel may consider a prior degree in English (e.g. Master thesis written in English) as evidence of English language proficiency.

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.