PhD student Femtosecond generation and detection of ultrahigh-frequency sound waves

Research / Academic

At the Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL) we carry out exciting fundamental physics at the highest possible level with relevance to key technologies in nanolithography. We contribute to the production of ever smarter and smaller electronics, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of our fundamental insight into the workings of nature.

What are you going to do?

This PhD project uses state-of-the-art high power femtosecond laser pulses to generate and detect extremely-high-frequency (up to 1 THz) sound wave packets. The sound-wave packets have wavelengths even smaller than those of visible light. You will perform fundamental research on the generation and detection of these sound waves, and study their application potential for the detection of nano-structures, such as gratings, buried below opaque layers. Extremely high frequency sound wave propagation depends on material properties such as material-density and speed of sound, but is also expected to be affected by the graininess of a material. The project combines ultrafast laser physics and materials science and has the added bonus of possibly seeing the results used in real applications.


What do we require?

You have an MSc in (applied) physics. Knowledge in the fields of optical physics or laser physics and solid-state physics is advantageous. Good verbal and written communication skills (in English) are required.

Salary Benefits:

A temporary contract for 38 number of hours per week for the duration 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. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and master students. 

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be € 2,325 to € 2,972 (scale P) gross per month, based on fulltime (38 hours a week), exclusive 8 % holiday allowance and 8,3 end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

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Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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