Project Information

The Device Modelling Group at University of Glasgow (UK) in collaboration with IBM Research Zurich (IBM) in Switzerland and Synopsys QuantumATK (ATK) in Copenhagen is seeking to appoint three high-calibre Early Stage Researchers (ESR) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate Network on ‘Defect Simulations and Material Growth of III-V Nanostructures – European Industrial Doctorate' (DESIGN-EID).

There is a great interest in integrating compound semiconductors either monolithically or heterogeneously on silicon to exploit their complementary properties. Particularly to exploit the direct bandgap of III-Vs for opto-electronic devices densely integrated with CMOS. However, lattice and thermal mismatch between materials makes epitaxial growth on silicon challenging.

In this project we will address the challenges associated with the formation of defects and material growth in compound semiconductors such as III-Vs as well as their impact on device performance. Defects may be exploited in the development of novel devices, but more often we wish to mitigate their deteriorating impact on electro-optic device performance, by growth and materials optimization. The project combines experimental work at IBM with modelling and simulation efforts at University of Glasgow and Synopsys QuantumATK.



Dr. Kirsten Emilie Moselund is a Research Staff Member and manager of the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research – Zurich and works on projects in the area of novel materials integration on silicon for ultra-low power electronic devices, and exploratorz electronic and photonic devices. In particular her work at IBM focuses on complementary tunnel FETs based on the integration of III-V heterostructures on silicon, as well as monolihicallz integrated nanophotonic emitters. She received the M.Sc. degree in engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark, in 2003 and the Ph.D. degree in microelectronics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2008 for her work on top-down silicon nanowire electronic devices. In 2008, she joined the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland. Throughout her career she has worked with the design, fabrication and characterization of silicon and III-V semiconductor devices, both for photonic and electronic applications. Her research interests include semiconductor physics, advanced transistor concepts, and nanoelectronic fabrication technology.

Ms. Marilyne Sousa is a seniour engineer who joined the IBM Research - Zurich Laboratory in 2000. Involved in various projects ranging from the optimization of OLED materials to the optimization of oxides or III-Vs, she is currently a member of the Material Integration and Nanoscale Devices group and responsible for thin films material characterization using spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmission electron microscopy. In the frame of the TEM activity, she is interested in the application of machine learning algorithms to guide the data analyses. She has also contributed to the Optical Waveguide and the Display Technology groups. Prior to joining IBM Research, Marilyne was at Altis Semiconductor (now X-Fab), France, where she was an optical characterization engineer working on materials for field effect transistors and memory devices. Before that, she spent one year working in a joint project between Jobin-Yvon and Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation du Rayonnement Electromagnetique (LURE) on the development of an optical profilometer. Marilyne took her Master's degree in Optics and Photonics from the University of Orsay, France, in 1998.

Synopsys QuantumATK 

Dr. Kurt Stokbro is an internationally recognized researcher and serial entrepreneur. He is director of Synopsys Denmark and responsible for the atomic-scale simulation activities within Synopsys. He is founder of QuantumWise A/S which in 2017 was acquired by Synopsys. He has previously held a professorship at Copenhagen University and positions at Technical University of Denmark, where he has coordinated a number of EU and Danish-funded R&D projects. Dr. Stokbro has published more than 80 papers and review articles in international journals with +7500 citations and a h-index of 34. He has held a large number of lectures as invited speaker and has organised 3 international conferences in nanoscience. The scheme for ab initio calculations of quantum transport, developed by Dr. Stokbro and co-workers, has become the de facto standard for electron transport calculations and has laid the foundation for QuantumWise A/S and Atomistix A/S.

Mr. Søren Nordland Smidstrup is a senior R&D manager at Synopsys QuantumATK. He oversees the development of the atomic-scale simulation activities within Synopsys. He was previously scientific software development at Atomistix A/S. After this he was software development manager and CTO of QuantumWise A/S. He has published more than 60 papers and review articles in international journals. 

University of Glasgow

Dr. Vihar Petkov Georgiev received his BSc and MSc degrees in chemistry and computational chemistry from Sofia University, Bulgaria in 2004 and 2006, correspondingly. He received the PhD degree from the University of Oxford in 2011. In 2011, he joined the Device Modelling Group, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, where he was a Research Associate until August 2015. Form August 2015 until August 2019 he was a Lecturer and currently he is a Senior Lecturer in Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering and the Deputy Leader of the Device Modeling Group in the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow.


Information for applicants

Candidates’ Profile: We are looking for three candidates with a master’s degree in physics, engineering or chemistry with knowledge in solid-state physics, materials science or electrical engineering with an outstanding academic record. The candidates must be fluent in English, have good communication skills and be able to work efficiently in a team and navigate in an international environment.

Duration: Fixed-Term (3 years)

Starting: Jan 2020 or soon thereafter, but no later than end of May 2020

Practical: A highly competitive salary package is offered in accordance with the MSCA rates in the respective countries. The mobility and qualifications eligibility rules of the MSCA program must be respected:

Mobility: At the date of recruitment by the host institute, the ESR must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her appointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Qualifications: ESRs are required to have a master’s degree, they cannot have more than 4 years of full-time research experience and have not been awarded a doctoral degree

Usual MSCA Eligibility Criteria apply and will be verified during the application process. For more information on MSCA, please see:

The ESR must physically relocate between the two partners in question during the project, thus spending the time specified in Glasgow and at either IBM or Synopsys.

The PhD will be awarded from University of Glasgow.

ESR1 project information

This position is no longer open

ESR1 will mainly focus on aspects related to III-V materials epitaxial growth on silicon, TEM analysis and development of a machine learning algorithm for defect classification. We also foresee the development of simulation framework to model the electronic and optical properties of individual defects.

Employment: IBM Research Zurich (Switzerland) (22 Months) & University of Glasgow (UK) (14 Months).

Skills: Solid-state physics, materials science, engineering, python programming, atomistic simulations

ESR2 project information

This position is no longer open

ESR2 will explore the role of defects in the context of opto-electronic device performance, this will be done first via simulation where optimized designs will be developed, and later these will be fabricated by the ESR at IBM.

Employment: IBM Research Zurich (Switzerland) (22 Months) & University of Glasgow (UK) (14 Months).

Skills: Solid-state physics, materials science, engineering, python programming, atomistic simulations

ESR3 project information

ESR3 will develop theoretical models which will describe the complexity of the material growth process and defect formation in III-V materials. Those models will be implemented in state-of-the-art QuantumATK commercial simulation framework.

Employment: University of Glasgow (UK) (12 Months), Synopsys QuantumATK (Denmark) (24 Months)

Skills: Computational chemistry and physics, programming and software development, engineering

How to submit an application?

Please send your application as a .pdf file, including the following documents:

-Curriculum Vitae

-Covering letter

-Official transcripts

-2 Reference letters

Your application should be sent to the following contacts:

ESR1 & ESR2: Dr. Vihar Georgiev,, Dr. Kirsten Moselund, and Marilyne Sousa,

ESR3: Dr. Vihar Georgiev,

Please be aware that your application will be shared amongst the relevant supervisors at each institution.

Contact us

For more information please contact:

Dr. Vihar Georgiev (