PhD position: optical spectroscopy below the diffraction limit

The optical spectroscopy lab, supervised by Dr. Erik van Heumen, is part of the Quantum Matter Amsterdam (QMA) cluster and focusses on spectroscopy of topological and strongly correlated electron materials. The EUV targets group, supervised by Prof. Dr. Paul Planken, is part of ARCNL and focusses on the interaction between intense laser light and metals.
More information on our research can be found on the QMA or EUV targets webpages.

The project will focus on determining nanoscale resolved optical properties of metals, electronic devices and thin films using near-field optical techniques. You will take the lead in the further development of the near-field optics lab and will develop expertise in turning raw materials, single crystals grown in the QMA group, into field effect devices that can be used to tune their electronic properties. The aim of your work will be to uncover the dielectric and other physical properties of nanometer-sized metal particles for terahertz emission applications, and the impact of confined geometries on the electronic structure of topological and correlated materials. You will use this knowledge to develop new methods to enhance correlations or tune between topological phases of matter.

You hold a MSc. in (theoretical) physics or physical chemistry and are requested to motivate why you apply for the position and to supply a C.V. Applicants with a degree in chemistry are also requested to detail their affinity with condensed matter physics and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D in experimental physics.

Other skills/experiences/documents that would benefit your application are:
• Previous laboratory experience using some form of spectroscopy.
• Working knowledge of a programming language (phyton, C++ or equivalent).
• A background in theoretical condensed matter physics.
• Excellent English oral and written communication skills.
• Scientific publications and/or a reference letter from your MSc. thesis advisor.

For informal enquiries about the position please contact Erik van Heumen.

Applications must include:

  • a curriculum vitae.
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position with a statement of your research experience and interests and how these relate to this project.
  • Title and summary of your Master thesis.

Please submit your application electronically. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. (Formal closing date: 15 October 2017).

No agencies please

Relevant references:
• Huth, F. et al. Nano-FTIR Absorption Spectroscopy of Molecular Fingerprints at 20 nm Spatial Resolution. Nano Letters 12, 3973 (2012).
• McLeod, A.S., E. van Heumen et al. Nanotextured phase coexistence in the correlated insulator V2O3. Nature Phys. 13, 80 (2017)

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