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PhD position “Photonic Band Gap Quasicrystals” (experiments)

Job description

In the NWO-funded research program “Photonic Quasi-crystals with a Band Gap”, we aim to control the spontaneous emission of excited quantum emitters (quantum dots, dye molecules) with three-dimensional (3D) photonic band gap crystals, especially photonic quasi crystals. Our project partners in Utrecht have achieved a breakthrough by developing a method to fabricate quasi crystals using advanced self-assembly methods. In parallel, our group has achieved a breakthrough in the fabrication of Si photonic band gap crystals using CMOS-compatible methods. Emission control and photonic band gap crystals are high-tech tools, and enable devices that contribute to efficient miniature light sources (LEDs, lasers), photovoltaic light collection in solar cells, and sensitive detectors for biochemical applications. Our NWO program joins the multi-disciplinary efforts of chemists, mathematicians and theorists (from Utrecht and Twente) with our experimental approach.

 Project, supervisors, embedding team:

Our group pioneered time-resolved spontaneous emission control in nanophotonics [see J. Opt. 22 (2020) 073501] notably with photonic crystals and photonic band gaps. You will be part of the Complex Photonic Systems (COPS) chair in the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechology (https://nano-cops.com), supervised by profs. Willem Vos, Ad Lagendijk, and Bill Barnes.

Your profile

We are looking for a candidate who has been trained as a physicist or engineer. Good experimental expertise is crucial, and know-how of optics and light scattering is a bonus. The successful candidate will contribute experimental skills to a team that also include theorists. Candidates should be proficient in English, be good communicators and team players, and enjoy interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists from other fields.

Our offer

  •  Excellent and dynamic environment for researchers within our institute MESA+ (www.utwente.nl/mesa), an attractive campus and many facilities for sports and leisure, a lively city with a vibrant cultural life (art, jazz);
  • You will be appointed for up to 4 years as a PhD student.
  • Terms of employment in accordance with Dutch Collective Labour Agreement for Universities (CAO), include:
  • Gross salary ranging from €2395,- to € 3061,-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 famous Dutch pension system.

Information and application

Please send your application before the 15th of March and ideally consists of the following documents:

  • A motivation letter describing why you are the best candidate for this position.
  • Description of your research interests.
  • A detailed CV including a list of publications.
  • Contact information (incl. email address) of at least three references.

For inquiries please contact the COPS secretary Ms. Nicole Meinster (cops@utwente.nl)

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.

As an employer, the TNW Faculty offers jobs that matter. We equip you as a staff member to shape new opportunities both for yourself and for our society. With our Faculty, 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.

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.

PhD position “Photonic Band Gap Quasicrystals” (experiments)
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