JAE Intro 2021: CSIC Introduction to Research Grants for University Students

The CSIC launches the JAE Intro 2021 call “Introduction to Research Fellowships for University Students”This call is open to University students who are willing to begin working in the field of research in Materials Science, Phyiscs, Chemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and related areas in an attractive environment in a CSIC Research Center. The fellowships are for 5 consecutive months during the academic year 2021-2021 starting in October. The application will be open from 10 March to 10 April 2021.

The SUMAN-ICMAB group offers a total of 2 projects within this call in the field of Energy Conversion and Storage and Superconductors, Oxides and Complex Structures. Take a look at the complete list below. 

From all the applicants, the CSIC will grant 250 fellowships, of 3,000 € each for 5 consecutive months during the academic year 2021-2022, with the possibility of an extension of 4 more months for 2.400 €. The mentored research training period will take place at the ICMAB facilities. The application will be open from 10 March to 10 April 2021

Projects offered by our researchers:

Metallic Functional Oxides for Neuromorphic Computing (Anna Palau)

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Computers can process a large amount of data with high precision and speed. However, compared to the brain, they still cannot approach a comparable performance considering cognitive functions such as perception, recognition and memory. Neuromorphic computing devices, based on new material concepts and systems, may dramatically outperform conventional digital base technology. Creating the architectural design for brain inspired computing, with the ability to learn and adapt, requires an integrative and interdisciplinary research at different levels.   The first step, is to find materials and engineering breakthroughs to build devices with the desired functionalities to mimic brain learning skills and processing capabilities.

This project will be focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of multi-functional devices, based on metallic perovskite oxides, able to implement all the basic brain-inspired functions used in a neuromorphic computer (neurons and synapsis). The main objective is to demonstrate the capability to implement biological functionality of both heterosynaptic plasticity and basic spiking neuron processes, in flexible and robust devices based on the modulation of a metallic-insulator phase transition.

Contact: palau@icmab.es 

 

Síntesis sostenible de óxidos funcionales flexibles para la revolución energética (Mariona Coll Bau)

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La radiación solar que llega a la superficie de la tierra en tan solo una hora es mayor que la energía consumida a lo largo del año por nuestro planeta. Una de las formas más eficientes de aprovechar esta energía solar es convertirla en electricidad. Las posibilidades de aplicación de la energía solar fotovoltaica son inmensas y abarcan desde dispositivos simples como calculadoras hasta sistemas extremadamente complejos como la alimentación para satélites artificiales.

A pesar de los continuos avances en la tecnología fotovoltaica base silicio y otros sistemas emergentes como perovskitas híbridas y semiconductores orgánicos es esencial estudiar conceptos radicalmente nuevos que permitan mitigar las limitaciones de las tecnologías actuales (estabilidad, coste, eficiencia) para acelerar su despliegue y alcanzar los objetivos a largo plazo que Europa ha marcado en un sistema de energía 100% renovable.  En este proyecto estudiaremos e impulsemos el enorme potencial de óxidos ferroeléctricos como absorbentes de luz solar. Se contribuirá al gran reto de fabricar este tipo de materiales como membranas flexibles y fabricar dispositivos fotovoltaicos flexibles para ser integrados en mochilas y prendas de vestir. 

El estudiante se integrará en un equipo de investigación joven y dinámico y preparará los óxidos funcionales flexibles mediante técnicas químicas de bajo coste que permiten controlar de modo muy preciso la composición y el grosor. Además, aprenderá a caracterizar su estructura, morfología, composición y funcionalidad.

Contact: mcoll@icmab.es

For more information about the project topics, you can contact each one of the researchers. 

Who can apply?

The call is for university students with an excellent academic record. Applicants should have an average grade equal or higher than 8.0/10. The fellowships are for university students who have passed at least 80 % of their degrees, or who will start studying an Official University Master during 2021-2022 in the fields of Materials Science and Technology, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Biomedicine. 

The objective is to initiate students in the research activity in the diverse scientific areas, and to enable them to be in contact with the ICMAB research center and its researchers.  

More information

List of all the projects in the “MATTER” CSIC area for JAE Intro 2021 call.

To apply, and for more information information about the application procedure, please refer to the CSIC website for the JAE Intro 2021 programme. 
Download here the information file and the FAQS
Please contact jaeintro@csic.es for any doubts on the procedure. 

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