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Hannover School for Nanotechnology: Interdisciplinary Approaches for Smallest Sensors (hsn-sensors)

The Lower Saxony PhD Programme "Hannover School for Nanotechnology: Interdisciplinary approaches for smallest sensors (hsn-sensors)" is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture. The total grant volume amounts to 802,800.00 € for the funding period from October 1st, 2016 to September 30th, 2020. On this page, you will find information on following topics:

Profile of the Graduate School

The Hannover School for Nanotechnology (hsn) is a coordinated Lower Saxony PhD-programme of the Laboratory of Nano and Quantum Engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover (LNQE) and of the University of Applied Science and Arts in Hannover. Whereras the first program section focused on transformation, transport and storage of energy at the nanoscale (hsn-energy: 2012-2016), the focus of the new Lower Saxony PhD-programme hsn-sensors will be directed towards nanosensors. As its precursor, it is based on the Bachelor and Master degree programme of the LNQE at Leibniz Universität Hannover.
Profound expertise of different research groups in the disciplines of physics, chemistry, and engineering is bundled in hsn-sensors. The goal of the doctoral programme hsn-sensors is the interdisciplinary training of young scientists in the highly topical field of nanotechnology with a special focus on the research and development of nanosensors.
Nanotechnology becomes more and more important in the field of sensor technology. Nanosensors are summed up as sensors with nanoscale surfaces or sensors transferring informations from the nanoscopic into macroscopic range or sensors using nanoeffects as sensor principle. A key feature of nanosensors is their small size allowing a cost-efficient production and excellent integration into small electronic devices. Prospectively, nanosensors will be able to detect parameters or materials in high sensitive ranges that could never be reached before.

The doctoral study programme hsn-sensors aims to provide an outstanding education in excellent research projects combined with the shortest possible duration of the doctoral studies (3 years). For that goal the hsn-sensors PhD programme is based on the master degree programme at the Hannover School of Nanotechnology and offers a fast track option for the most excellent students.

Doctoral projects and postdoc positions

Doctoral positions:

The hsn-sensors programme offers a total of 12 doctoral projects, 5 of which are processed at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of Leibniz Universität Hannover.
A total of 24 doctoral projects are planned to be provided at hsn-sensors. Twelve of which are processed by doctoral students financed via Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg bursaries of the state of Lower Saxony. A further 12 doctoral positions are to be financed by external funding.

Postdoctoral positions:

No postdoc positions are offered in hsn-sensors.