2 Postdoc positions open!


The Atomic Engineering Group at Yale University is looking for 2 postdoc fellows to lead the following two research directions starting from July 2024:

Required qualifications:


About the PI

Dr. Cong Su is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University. His research group, Atomic Engineering Group (AEG), is conducting research in the following areas: (1) Atomic structure characterization of semiconductors and insulators using aberration-corrected STEM; (2) 2D materials synthesis using chemical vapor deposition; (3) Optical characterization of color centers and light emitting materials; (4) Investigation of the metal and semiconductor interface; (5) First-principles calculation of electronic structures and spectroscopies. Cong obtained his Ph.D. degree from MIT in 2019 (with Del Favero award), and his bachelor’s in Physics from Yuanpei College, Peking University in 2013. He was appointed as the Heising-Simons Junior Postdoc Fellow at University of California, Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 2019-2021. More details about him can be found on the website: https://www.congsu.net.

About Atomic Engineering Group

1. Access to aberration-corrected STEMs: The group has extensive access to a brand-new state-of-the-art aberration-corrected STEM, at the newly established Yale AC-TEM Core located 2-minute-walking-distance away from the lab. We also expect to have access to a new monochromated Nion STEM with an ultra-high energy resolution located at Brookhaven National Lab, 2 hours driving away from Yale. We also have strong ties with Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), which all have state-of-the-art STEM facilities, including TEAM 0.5 and TEAM 1 in NCEM of LBNL, Nion monochromated STEM and JEOL NEOARM in ORNL etc.

2. Synthesis lab: The group will be equipped with 4 CVD lines for hexagonal boron nitride, transition metal dichalcogenides, and vacuum annealing. We will also have a customized thermal evaporator with cryo-stage for metal deposition (for Bi, Sb, Au, Al etc.). We also expect to have a dry transfer stage placed inside a glovebox for making air-sensitive 2D heterostructure.

3. Characterization lab: The group will have a low-voltage TEM for facile TEM sample screening, and a photoluminescence set-up with time-correlated single photon counting.

4. Access to shared facilities in Yale: the group will have access to the tools located close-by including the Materials Characterization Core (FIB, SEM, XPS, XRD, PPMS etc.) next-door and the Imaging Core (AFM) in the Yale West Campus.


If you are qualified and interested in these positions, please send the following documents to cong.su[at]yale.edu.

We are thrilled to meet you at the beautiful Yale campus!

3 Ph.D. student positions open!

The Atomic Engineering Group will have several student open positions starting from Fall 2024 in the following areas:

For prospective students: If you are interested, please apply for the Ph.D. program of Yale through this link. The deadline is Dec. 15. Just want to remind you that all Yale Ph.D. students are provided with full tuition support and a generous stipend to cover your living expenses. Please find more details here.

For admitted students: Please directly contact me through email. Co-advising with other PIs is welcome.

Undergraduate student openings

The Atomic Engineering Group always welcomes undergraduate students to join our group. Please directly contact me at cong.su[at]yale.edu.

There are many undergraduate research fundings at Yale. Please consider applying for them to have better support. The link can be found here.

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