Dr. BORZENETS Ivan Valerievich

Position(s) Available

The group is currently actively looking to hire one Postdoc, and up to two PhD graduate students.


Interested applicants should send their CV via emails to <iborzene@cityu.edu.hk>.


Positions are available for highly motivated individuals with interests in low temperature electron transport experiments using hybrid nanomaterials with the focus toward Quantum Information. Immediate projects focus on ultra-clean graphene devices coupled to superconductors. (See “Overview” for possible project directions). The group members will be exposed to knowledge in device design/manufacture, low level measurement and system setup, troubleshooting and implementation.


Skillset utilized during research

Device manufacture/characterization

  • Preparation of hexagonal Boron-Nitride encapsulated graphene
    • Manufacturing of graphene-hBN stacks
    • Optical characterization of graphene
    • Raman spectroscopy
    • Atomic force microscopy
  • Design and manufacturing of devices
    • General cleanroom use
    • Electron beam lithography (and design)
    • Wet, plasma, and ion etching techniques
    • Metal deposition
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy


Measurement and analysis

  • Operation, troubleshooting and customization of cryogenic equipment:
    • Dilution Refrigerators
    • Cryocoolers
  • Low temperature measurement system design (tens of millikelvin target electron temperatures)
    • Isolation
    • Filtering
    • Thermal consideration
    • Radiation shielding.
  • Low-level electrical measurement techniques
    • DC transport measurement (lockin)
    • RF measurements
    • Statistical distribution/lifetimes
  • Measurement system design
    • Custom analog electronics design and assembly
    • Noise reduction techniques
    • Analog to digital interface


Applying candidates who already partially possess the required skillset will receive top priority.

Postdoctoral position applicants are expected to have experience with either graphene device preparation, or measurement at cryogenic temperatures.

PhD student applicants require a master’s degree, or a bachelor’s degree with very strong physics background that includes knowledge of: statistical mechanics, condensed matter physics and quantum mechanics.

Interested applicants should send their CV via emails to <iborzene@cityu.edu.hk>.



Student details

PhD students please be mindful of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) application deadline (Usually December 1 with the expected starting date in September). However, early entry into the program under the sponsorship of the group leader is possible.

CityU studentships offer a monthly stipend of ~HK$16,200, 12 months per year, to all successful candidates. All graduate students are admitted through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For admission requirements, please consult the SGS Admission Handbook. Admission success is highly based on GPA and publication records, as well as English test scores (TOFEL, IELTS, CET6). CityU admission deadline is in early December for admission to the following year's fall semester. Read more...

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS):
Strong applicants are encouraged to apply for the prestigious Hong Kong PhD fellowship. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK $20,000 and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for a period of up to three years. Please note that CET-6 score does not work for HKPFS. If you have TOFEL/IELTS score you may apply simultaneously to both CityU standard PhD scheme and HKPFS. Read more...

Students can find on-campus accommodation at our Student Residence. The rental charge for a single bed room is HK$2,000 (~US$256) per month. Shared rooms are also available.


Postdoctoral fellow details

Postdoctoral Fellows will be offered a highly competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience (minimum HK$25,000/month). Fringe benefits include leave, medical and dental consultations at the campus clinic. Group level benefits include funding to attend conferences to deliver papers and interact with fellow researchers.