PhD Quantum acoustics with silicon quantum dots

Research / Academic

The NE Group is embedded in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology ( MESA+ is one of the largest nanotechnology research institutes in the world, delivering competitive and successful high-quality research. It uses a unique structure, which unites scientific disciplines, and builds fruitful international cooperation to excel in science and education. The institute employs 500 people of which 275 are PhD’s or PostDocs. With its brand new NanoLab facilities the institute holds 1250 m2 of cleanroom space and state-of-the-art research equipment. MESA+ has an internationally appealing and multidisciplinary approach by combining physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, materials science and mathematics.

We are looking for a highly motivated and skilled PhD student to carry out a project on silicon quantum dots, an exciting research field that attracts an ever-increasing amount of attention worldwide and forms a main research theme within the NanoElectronics group (NE, NE focuses in particular on the intersects and overlapping areas of quantum electronics, spin electronics (spintronics) and hybrid inorganic-organic electronics. The silicon quantum team aims at using surface acoustic waves to control and transport electrons in silicon quantum dots.

Are you up for the challenge to help us reach a new era for quantum acoustics?

As a PhD student in this project:

  • You are a great team player in a team working on quantum dots in different types of silicon nanostructures;
  • You will fabricate state-of-the-art silicon quantum electronics devices, and measure those at (milli)Kelvin temperatures to study surface acoustic waves and quantum dots via electron transport experiments;
  • You will collaborate with universities in Delft, Leiden and Eindhoven; all knowledge will be shared by regular meetings and visits with all involved scientists.


  • You have a MSc degree in (applied) physics, nanotechnology, electrical engineering or a related topic;
  • You have a keen interest in picking up cleanroom nano fabrication skills and ideally have experience with low-temperature electron transport measurement;
  • You have excellent experimental and theoretical skills;
  • You are highly motivated, enthusiastic, have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment;
  • You are fluent in English.

The start of the project is as soon as possible.


Applications should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for this position, a detailed CV (resume), a publication list, contact details of at least 2 referees, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure.

For more information about the position, please contact either prof. dr. ir. W.G. van der Wiel ( or dr. ir. F. A. Zwanenburg (

Salary Benefits:

You will be appointed on a fulltime position for four years, within a very stimulating scientific environment. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues.

  • Starting salary will be € 2.325 gross per month in the first year up to € 2972 gross in the last year;
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%;
  • A solid pension scheme;
  • Minimum of 41 holidays in case of full-time employment;
  • Professional and personal development programs;
  • A high degree of responsibility and independence, while collaborating with close colleagues, researchers and other university staff is strongly encouraged.
Work Hours:

38 hours per week


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