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PhD position in experimental condensed matter physics

Research / Academic
Amsterdam

Description:

The Institute of Physics is looking for a highly-motivated student who wants to be the driving force behind a collaboration between the optical spectroscopy group at the University of Amsterdam and the EUV targets group at the Advanced Research Centre for Nano-Lithography (ARCNL).

The project will focus on determining nanoscale resolved optical properties of metals, electronic devices and thin films using near-field optical techniques. You will take the lead in the further development of the near-field optics lab and will develop expertise in turning raw materials, single crystals grown in the QMA group, into field effect devices that can be used to tune their electronic properties. The aim of your work will be to uncover the dielectric and other physical properties of nanometer-sized metal particles for terahertz emission applications, and the impact of confined geometries on the electronic structure of topological and correlated materials. You will use this knowledge to develop new methods to enhance correlations or tune between topological phases of matter.

Relevant references:

  • Huth, F. et al. Nano-FTIR Absorption Spectroscopy of Molecular Fingerprints at 20 nm Spatial Resolution. Nano Letters 12, 3973 (2012)
  • McLeod, A.S., E. van Heumen et al. Nanotextured phase coexistence in the correlated insulator V2O3. Nature Phys. 13, 80 (2017) 

Requirements:

You hold a MSc. in (theoretical) physics or physical chemistry and are requested to motivate why you apply for the position and to supply a CV. Applicants with a degree in chemistry are also requested to detail their affinity with condensed matter physics and motivation for pursuing a PhD in experimental physics.

Other skills/experiences/documents that would benefit your application are:

  • previous laboratory experience using some form of spectroscopy;
  • working knowledge of a programming language (phyton, C++ or equivalent);
  • excellent English oral and written communication skills;
  • scientific publications and/or a reference letter from your MSc. thesis advisor.

Salary Benefits:

The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings.  You are also expected to assist in teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,266 in the first year to €2,897 in the last year. The Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities is applicable. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Work Hours:

38 hours per week

Address:

Spui 21