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MN09- MSc student in modelling of temperature and substrate selectivity effect on thin film growth

MN-09- MSc student in modelling of temperature and substrate selectivity effect on thin film growth

Contract type: Full time/ Fixed term

A MSc student position is open in the group of Dr. Michael Nolan at Tyndall National Institute, UCC to work on a newly funded industry project on thin film growth.

The project has the aim to use first principles modelling and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations to investigate the growth of thin films of materials that are used in advanced electronic devices. This process starts from a given precursor molecule and a range of complex reactions involving adsorption, desorption, ligand and proton migration, ligand exchange and ligand loss are possible. Simulations can give important insights into the reactions that drive the growth of these films.

Of particular interest are the effect of a high temperature pulse and the selectivity of the growth reactions to the substrate used. Both can be used to tune film growth. In this project we will explore the growth of HfO2, a high dielectric constant material, and how the introduction of a temperature pulse changes the growth per cycle and film characteristics so as to give guidance to growers for optimum process conditions. Substrate effects will be examined by choosing different substrates and exploring how this may drive area selective growth.

The candidate will work within a larger team of two Postdoctoral Researchers and two PhD students on film growth and will be expected to undertake a range of technical and non-technical transferrable skills training as offered by Tyndall, UCC and externally.


  • Candidates require a background in Chemistry or Materials with a BSc level degree, with a minimum of a H2.1 (or EU equivalent).
  • Desirable characteristics include experience in computing (LINUX/UNIX) and theoretical/computational chemistry

For informal enquiries and to register your interest in this position, please contact Dr. Michael Nolan

An annual student stipend of €18,000.00 applies for this successful candidate for this position.  Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - please click here to download the application form

Step 2 -  return the completed application form, together with your cv, motivation letter and references to  Handwritten forms will not be accepted. 

Applications should include: 1) a cover letter explaining their interest in the project topic and mentioning any relevant background and/or experience; 2) a Curriculum Vitae. Academic transcripts and two academic references will be required after a shortlisting process takes place.

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.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.