Postdoctoral and PhD student positions in Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech, department of Materials Science and Engineering)


Contact: Prof. Yury Illarionov (


University info: Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) is a public and dynamic university established in 2012 by the provincial government of Guangdong and the Shenzhen Municipality with the aim of developing a new type of tertiary education and becoming a world-class research university. It is located in the rapidly-growing tech capital city of Shenzhen. In recent years, SUSTech has very rapidly been recognized as a world-class university.

Team info: A new Laboratory of 2D Nanoelectronics is being established within the Department of Material Science and Engineering of Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). The PI is Prof. Yury Illarionov, a 34 years old Russian scientist who has been working in TU Wien (Austria) for the last 10 years. Prof. Yury Illarionov has already coauthored more than 80 contributions including papers in top journals like Nature Electronics, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano among others. Recently he has been elevated as IEEE Senior Member and also served as an official Russian delegate for BRICS Young Scientist Forum 2020. Prof. Yury Illarionov has a very broad international collaboration network which includes top scientists from Russia, China, USA, Germany and other countries.

For more info about the research direction of Prof. Illarionov, please see the Google Scholar profile:

Postdoc requirements:

  • Completed PhD degree (or close to graduation) in material science, electrical engineering, physics, etc.
  • Position 1: Experience in fabrication of devices based on 2D materials, including ALD, CVD, lithography methods. Simultaneous experience in advanced characterization techniques (AFM, TEM, Raman, etc) would be preferable but not mandatory.
  • Position 2: Strong background in device modeling using advanced TCAD simulators (Silvaco, GTS, etc). Previous experience with modeling of 2D devices is highly preferable.

The candidates will be expected to lead their sub-branch of our team work (device fabrication and TCAD modeling, respectively) and co-supervise at least one PhD student.

Non-Chinese candidates are also welcome to apply.

Postdoc work conditions and benefits:

  • Employment period of 2 years.
  • Annual salary above 330,000 RMB, which is fully competitive to most EU and US universities.
  • Particularly outstanding candidates can apply for the President’s excellent postdoc with the annual salary above 500,000 RMB.
  • Health insurance, travel budget for research visits, paid annual leave.

More details about salary payment scheme and other benefits can be clarified individually with the PI.


PhD student requirements and benefits:


  • Good academic records in the field of Material Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, etc.
  • Ability to communicate in English and work in an international research team.
  • Interest to work in the field of 2D materials and ability to learn advanced device fabrication (CVD, ALD, etc), characterization (AFM, TEM, etc) or modeling (Silvaco, Minimos-NT) tools. The exact research tasks will be set individually based on the previous background.
  • Bachelor and/or Master thesis related to 2D materials or electronic devices would be a plus.

PhD student benefits:

  • Renumeration package matching the standards of top Chinese universities.
  • Possible research internships overseas.
  • Short listed postdoc and PhD student candidates will be interviewed on site in SUSTech campus (travel expenses will be compensated).