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Assistant professor in plasmonic-electronic devices

Job description

A tenure-track position is available with the aim to bridge nano-electronics and optics by developing plasmonic-electronic devices that electrically excite and manipulate plasmons. These devices benefit from extreme field enhancements that can be used to solve important problems in various areas of research ranging from sensing, green chemistry, to non-linear optics.


In the group of Hybrid Materials for OptoElectronics (HMOE), we are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic and independent Assistant Professor to develop a new line of research involving plasmonic-electronic devices where quantum effects dominate to explore new applications and solve scientific questions from a molecular design point of view. The research will be conducted in a highly interdisciplinary environment with world-class facilities and expertise in molecular materials, nano-electronics, and optics.

You will publish in international refereed journals, present at conferences, apply for external funding, and engage in international and interdisciplinary collaborations. You will teach courses and be involved in the supervision of students during their graduation projects.

Your profile

  • PhD degree in physics, physical chemistry, or related field, with a specialization in optics and good background in chemistry.
  • Minimum of 2-year post doc experience in a relevant area.
  • Demonstrated track-record of innovation in plasmonics, nano-electronics, and/or sensing with publications in the main specialist journals and conferences.
  • You are a self-motivating person who enjoys solving a challenging task in a team of like-minded people.
  • You are an independent thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills.
  • You are fluent in English and an excellent team player in an enthusiastic group of scientists and engineers working on a common theme.

Our offer

We offer an excellent and stimulating scientific environment with attractive technological infrastructure and campus facilities. The UT provides a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in which internationalization is an important part of the strategic agenda.

You will be appointed fulltime for a maximum of 1,5 years. Near the end, you will be subject to a job performance evaluation. If the result is positive and the circumstances of the organization remain the same, the contract will be converted into a permanent contract. The terms of employment are in accordance with the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO) and include:

  • A starting salary from € 3.807 (scale 11) to € 5.922 (scale 12) gross per month, based on relevant work experience.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%.
  • A minimum of 29 leave days in case of fulltime employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A fulltime employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Professional and personal development programs.
  • A solid pension scheme.

Information and application

Please send your application via the 'Apply now' button before the 1st of November and include:

  • An application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific research interests
  • Detailed CV including publication lists
  • Three academic references

The selection procedure includes an interview and scientific presentation.

You are welcome to contact me, prof. dr. Christian A. Nijhuis on c.a.nijhuis@utwente.nl for more information about the vacancy.

About the department

The HMOE group is located in the Department of Molecules and Materials, Faculty of The Faculty of Science & Technology. The HMOE group develops and studies molecular-scale devices where charge transport and light-matter interactions go hand-in-hand and are important in areas of science ranging from biology, green energy and energy storage, catalysis, chemistry, physics, to nano-electronics and modern day data processing. We have developed plasmonic electronics transduces, molecular electronic plasmon sources, and multi-functional molecular switches, and we study in the detail the fundamental aspects.

The group contributes to MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, the largest research institute of the UT. The institute trains graduate students and PhD-students and conducts multidisciplinary research in the fields of photonics, nanotechnology, microsystems, materials science and microelectronics. We also make use of the Nanolab Twente, one of the best equipped academic clean room laboratories in Europe.

About the organization

TNW Faculty (Faculty of Science & Technology)

The Faculty of Science & Technology (Technische Natuurwetenschappen, TNW) engages some 700 staff members and 2000 students in education and research on the cutting edge of chemical technology, applied physics and biomedical technology. Our fields of application include sustainable energy, process technology and materials science, nanotechnology and technical medicine. As part of a people-first tech university that aims to shape society, individuals and connections, our faculty works together intensively with industrial partners and researchers in the Netherlands and abroad, and conducts extensive research for external commissioning parties and funders. Our research has a high profile both in the Netherlands and internationally and is strengthened by the many young researchers working on innovative projects with as doctoral candidates and post-docs. It has been accommodated in three multidisciplinary UT research institutes: Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Centre and Digital Society Institute.

University of Twente (UT)

University of Twente (UT) has entered the new decade with an ambitious, new vision, mission and strategy. As ‘the ultimate people-first university of technology' we are rapidly expanding on our High Tech Human Touch philosophy and the unique role it affords us in society. Everything we do is aimed at maximum impact on people, society and connections through the sustainable utilisation of science and technology. We want to contribute to the development of a fair, digital and sustainable society through our open, inclusive and entrepreneurial attitude. This attitude permeates everything we do and is present in every one of UT's departments and faculties. Building on our rich legacy in merging technical and social sciences, we focus on five distinguishing research domains: Improving healthcare by personalised technologies; Creating intelligent manufacturing systems; Shaping our world with smart materials; Engineering our digital society; and Engineering for a resilient world.

As an employer, University of Twente offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With us, you will be part of a leading tech university that is changing our world for the better. We offer an open, inclusive and entrepreneurial climate, in which we encourage you to make healthy choices, for example, with our flexible, customisable conditions.

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