Prof. Nava Setter

Dep. of Material Science and Engineering
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Short Biography


Nava Setter completed MSc in Civil Engineering in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (1976) and PhD in Solid State Science in the Pennsylvania State University (1980). After post-doctoral work at the universities of Oxford and Geneva, she joined R&D institute in Haifa where she became the head of the Electronic Ceramics Lab (1988). She has been the director of the Ceramics Laboratory and professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the EPFL - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne since 1989. She has served as Head of the Materials Department and more recently served as the Director of the Doctoral School for Materials of the EPFL. Since Autumn 2016 Nava Setter has the status of an emeritus professor at the EPFL and a visiting professor at the Tel Aviv University. Her research interests are focused on electroceramic ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics, in particular the effects of interfaces, finite-size and domain-wall phenomena, as well as structure-property relations and the pursuit of new applications. She has published over 500 scientific and technical papers. Nava Setter is a Fellow of the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the World Academy of Ceramics. Her research has been recognized by the European Union by the award of an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant complemented by a Proof of Concept grant. Among the awards she received are the Swiss-Korea Research Award, the Japanese FMA Award, the ISIF outstanding achievement award, the Ferroelectrics-IEEE recognition award, IEEE-UFFC Achievement Award, the Robert S. Sosman Award Lecture (American Ceramics Society), and the American Vacuum Society Recognition for Excellence in Leadership

Open post-doc position

Description: Deposition, nanofabrication and testing of ferroelectric nanodots for negative capacitance (academic research and interaction with advanced microelectronics industry)

Location: Tel-aviv university, working in several labs of the physics, materials, and EE departments and the nano-fabrication center. Part of the research will be conducted abroad. 

Duration:  1.5 years with a possibility of prolongation.

To qualify for the position you must have a PhD in Physics, Nanoscience, Materials Science, EE,  or similar, with focus on advanced nanofabrication  and/or  deposition of epitaxial oxides by vacuum methods, ideally PLD. Experience in ferroelectrics or other functional oxides is needed. 

This challenging research requires a versatile experimentalist with curiosity, ingenuity, patience, communication skills, independence and ease of integration in various research groups, and interest in taking a problem from basics to the application end. The research plan is ideal for a young post-doc interested and capable in visionary (and risky) research that will ultimately open new directions in future devices. 

Starting date: 1.5.2018 or upon mutual agreement but not later than 1.9.2018

Please send application and request for further information, or, and cc  

Prof. Nava Setter, Materials Science and Engineering Department, 135 Wolffson Bdg., Tel-Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Israel 

Tel: +972 54 363 4722 or +44 7400 185807

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