Postdoctoral researcher in chiral nano-optics (V34.3000)

Postdoctoral researcher in chiral nano-optics

We seek a highly talented, enthusiastic and motivated researcher to advance the frontiers of nano-optics.
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of Applied Physics
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Job description

In this project, you will advance the theoretical and experimental understanding of optical chirality at the nanoscale. Our developments will enable new ways to interact with and characterize chiral objects like molecules and spins in semiconductors. The project deals partly with the novel degrees of freedom of electrons in layered semiconductors such as MoS2. The spin, valley, and layer properties can be directly accessed using circularly polarized light, thus opening unprecedented possibilities for new physics and devices.

You will work closely with other researchers in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group, under the supervision of Dr. Alberto G. Curto. You will lead research that is both theoretical and experimental.

About TU/e and the PSN group

TU/e is an international university with a high-tech focus. It offers state-of-the-art research facilities at the heart of one of Europe’s foremost technological hubs.

The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group in the Department of Applied Physics combines expertise in diverse areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Quantum Optics, Nanotechnology, and advanced semiconductor fabrication and characterization techniques. It houses extensive optical and low-temperature equipment and it has access to NanoLab@TU/e, an 800 m2 fully-equipped cleanroom.

PSN is part of the Institute for Photonic Integration, which recently won a prestigious NWO Gravitation grant for interdisciplinary research into integrated photonics, encompassing research into novel photonic materials, devices and systems.

Job requirements

The candidate should hold (or expect to obtain very soon) a PhD degree in Physics or Electrical Engineering in a closely related discipline. She/he has a strong background in Nano-Optics/Nanophotonics, Metamaterials, Plasmonics, Optical Physics, Optical Chirality, or 2D materials, as demonstrated by publications. Experience in at least one of these topics is required.

Specific experience in analytical or numerical methods for nanophotonics, advanced electrodynamics, photoluminescence microscopy, or 2D semiconductors will be considered an advantage. Both theoretical and experimental profiles will be considered.

She/he must have the drive to tackle a complex problem with independence and a dynamic character to lead a project to completion. The successful candidate has excellent team-working and communication skills.

Conditions of employment

We offer

  • a full-time appointment for two years with evaluation after one year.
  • a gross monthly salary in line with the Collective Agreement for Dutch Universities, between € 3111 and €4084 depending on experience.
  • a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% (annually).

An attractive package of fringe benefits (including moving expenses and excellent sports facilities).

Information and application

Interested candidates are encouraged to express interest as soon as possible. Screening of applications will start as soon as applications are received and will continue until the position has been filled.

Please use the 'Apply now' button to send us:

  • Your detailed CV, including a list of publications and conference contributions.
  • A brief motivation letter (max. 1 page) explaining your motivations, goals and research interests, and how they are aligned with this position.
  • Name and contact details (email and phone) of two scientists able and willing to provide references.

The selectionprocedure starts immediately and the vacancy will stay open until it is filled.

For additional information, contact Dr. Alberto G. Curto (