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PhD studentship - Low Temperature III-V nanostructured transistors

PP- 08 PhD Studentship - Low Temperature III-V nanostructured transistors

Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term

The position will be based with the Nitride Materials and Devices and Epitaxial and Physics of Nanostructures Groups led by Professor Peter Parbrook and Dr Emanuele Pelucchi in Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork.  The project will form part of the Engineered Functional Materials Platform within the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Centre (AMBER) centre. 

Summary of project

The IT sector has been driven for over 50 years by Moore’s law, where the number of transistors on a chip integration increases exponentially, doubling every 18-24 months. However, the device shrinkage that this requires means that this trend cannot be maintained in Si indefinitely. III-V semiconductors can make much faster transistors but there are challenges to their integration with silicon. In this project we focus on alternative nanostructured routes to create higher quality material, with also allowing integration of such devices with Si, and in particular ensuring that the processes are compatible with the CMOS Si industry as regards temperature in particular.  We will look to prepare nanostructures transistors based on polycrystalline or quasi single crystal III-V semiconductors, focusing in particular on indium nitride (InN) and indium (gallium) arsenide(In(Ga)As) while potentially also looking at integration of both on the one surface through sequential depositions.  Growth will be using the industry standard technique of metalorganic vapour phase epitaxy and particular areas of novelty will be the examination of the prospective creation of nanostructures using selective area deposition.  The ultimate target is to create simple proof-of-concept devices and look to test them, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Paul Hurley (also at Tyndall, and a Deputy Director of AMBER)


  • The ideal applicants will have a 1st Class Honours Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Materials Science, Electronic Engineering, Chemistry or similar.
  • Educational experience of Semiconductor Materials and/or Devices would be advantageous.

For more information, please contact Professor Peter Parbrook (

This position is funded by the SFI-research centre AMBER

The AMBER research centre, as a community of researchers, welcomes its responsibility to provide equal opportunities for all. We are actively seeking diversity in our research teams and particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups.

An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for the successful candidate of this position. Yearly University academic fees at the EU PhD rate will be paid by the Tyndall National Institute.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the Application form and indicate the Job Reference PP-08.

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

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.

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