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Research Technician

Job description

The research chair Complex Photonic Systems (COPS) – in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Twente – studies advanced nanophotonic materials that control the propagation and emission of light in novel ways. An essential part of our multidisciplinary research is the fabrication, and characterization of custom-made nanomaterials. To this end we are recruiting a

Research Technician


The Research Technician develops and fabricates nanophotonic materials with extreme optical properties, such as a photonic band gap, or strong absorption. To this end you will employ self-assembly methods, or advanced nanofabrication techniques in the MESA+ Nanolab cleanroom. The Research Technician will assist and advise on other chemical preparations that occur in the various running projects and maintains the nanofabrication infrastructure of the COPS group.

Your profile

An enthusiastic chemist or nanotechnologist at the BSc or MSc level, equivalent to Dutch HLO or university levels, who enjoys working independently and taking initiatives.

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 1 year (extension feasible) as a research technician.Terms of employment are in accordance with Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), include:
  • A salary with a maximum of €3.548,- gross per month;
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% year-end bonus (effectively corresponds to 14 months’ salary per annum);
  • A pension scheme that is part of the world-famous Dutch pension system.

Information and application

For more info please visit our website https://nano-cops.com.

Or contact Mr. Cornelis Harteveld BSc or Prof. Willem Vos, e-mail: c.a.m.harteveld@utwente.nl and w.l.vos@utwente.nl; phone: +31 (0)53 489 2282 or +31 (0)53 489 5388, respectively.

Please send your CV (including list of grades) and motivation statement to:

Ms. Nicole Meinster, secretariat Complex Photonic Systems (COPS), E-mail: cops@utwente.nl

About the department

Nanophotonic materials are three dimensional (3D) composite materials wherein the refractive index for light varies on length scales commensurate with the wavelength of light, typically a few hundred nanometer. In photonic crystals, light is being Bragg reflected by periodically ordered crystal planes, analogous how electrons propagate through a silicon crystal. One of the unique properties of photonic crystals is the occurrence of a photonic band gap. This is a range of colors for which light is strictly forbidden to propagate or even exist inside the nanostructure! As a result, an excited molecule inside such a crystal will remain forever excited, thus opening new avenues in photochemistry and photovoltaics (see: Nature 430 (2004) 654). This exotic phenomenon promises novel miniature light sources and LEDs or opportunities in quantum computing.

Examples of nanophotonic materials made at COPS were made by self-assembly of nanoparticles (see: Optica 5 (2018) 844). In collaboration with Dutch high-tech industry (Philips, ASML, TNO) COPS’ Research Technicians have developed novel CMOS-compatible techniques using our MESA+ Nanolab to realize 3D silicon photonic band gap crystals (see: Nanotechnology 26 (2015) 505302; Adv. Func. Mater. 22 (2012) 25; J. Vac. Soc. Technol. B 29 (2011) 061604; Nanotechnology 19 (2008) 145304) that are among the most powerful ones in the world!

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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