SAWtrain is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network offering joint research training at the PhD level on the physics and applications of surface acoustic waves (SAWs) in semiconductor structures and related materials.

SAWs are mechanical vibrations travelling along the surface of a material, which resemble micro earthquakes on the surface of a chip. SAWtrain aims at the investigation of SAWs in semiconductor structures as well as their exploitation for novel device functionalities.

For detailed information on the network, SAW-based science, and the application procedure, please explore our website or download the SAWtrain booklet

Who we are
SAWtrain puts together leading groups from Europe, Asia, and North America working on SAWs including universities, research institutions, companies, and non-academic players. They will join efforts to create an interdisciplinary structured PhD programme on SAW-related phononics, photonics, and electronics.

The PhD programme will rely on PhD co-supervision and secondments (internships) at different academic and non-academic hosts to cover state-of-the-art research in the interdisciplinary areas of basic physics, materials, technology, and device concepts related to SAWs.

The SAWtrain phd programme
SAWtrain will offer 15 positions for a PhD in a joint and structured programme involving 10 leading European research institutions. The program will offer you excellent research topics in an interdisciplinary environment and internships at different institutes. The research training will be complemented by a variety of workshops, schools and courses. A personal career development plan regulating the PhD training will foster your own career as a highly skilled state-of-the-art researcher with opportunities in science and industry.

If you are an early stage researcher (ESR) interested in our training network, we will be delighted to receive your application. Click on how to join for the application instructions. The Training section briefly explains our understanding of a contemporary structured PhD programme. To find out more about surface acoustic waves and the projects’ PhD research topics, please take a look at the Research section.

You are cordially invited to join us in this exciting research network!