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Postdoc position on “Free-Form Scattering Optics”

Job description

The research program “Free-form Scattering Optics” (FFSO) strives to gain physical understanding of complex light scattering geometries for applications in green energy, climate change, internet-of-things, sustainability and security. Currently, high-tech industry is developing many novel devices that combine light scattering with free-form optics, such as LED lighting, miniaturized satellites, and metrology equipment for semiconductor industry. Due to a lack of fundamental know-how on the combination of the technologies, devices are designed by educated guesses, which limits progress and applications. Our program unites traditionally distinct technologies with a hierarchy of length scales ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic. We develop insights, design rules and new architectures for free-form scattering optics to allow breakthroughs in domains described above. The FFSO program is a close collaboration of the TUs of Twente, Eindhoven, and Delft. FFSO directly taps into the strengths of collaborating high-tech industry (ASML, Demcon, Lumileds, Schott, Signify, TNO) and educates a new generation of highly skilled professionals.

In this particular subproject we will look at novel temperature-compensated scattering media and at deterministic scattering media made by direct laser writing.

You will be part of the new Adaptive Quantum Optics chair (AQO) in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechology, led by prof. Pepijn Pinkse, in collaboration with other members of the FFSO team.

Your profile

We look for a candidate who has been trained as a physicist or engineer. Expertise in optics is essential and know-how of light scattering and/or nanofabrication techniques, in particular direct laser writing, is a bonus. The candidate should be able to design, perform and analyse experiments. Candidates are proficient in English, are good communicators and team players, and enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists from high-tech industry.

Our offer

  •  Excellent and dynamic environment for researchers within our research institute MESA+ (www.utwente.nl/mesa), an attractive campus and lots of facilities for sports and leisure;
  • You will be appointed for 18-24 months as a postdoc researcher.
  •  Terms of employment in accordance with Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), include:
  • Gross salary: ranging from € 3.353 to € 4.402 per month, depending on your background, relevant experience and qualifications, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities.
  •  8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus (approximately corresponding to 14 months’ salary per annum); A pension scheme that is part of the world-famous Dutch pension system.

Information and application

Your applications ideally consist of the following documents:

-A motivation letter describing why you want to apply for this position.
-Description of your research interests.
-A detailed CV including a list of your publications
-Email addresses of at least two references who are willing to send a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

For inquiries about this position and our offer you can contact prof. dr. Pepijn Pinkse (P.W.H.Pinkse@utwente.nl).

About the organization

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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