Postdoctoral researcher on 2D semiconductors for nanophotonics (V34.3733)

Postdoctoral researcher on 2D semiconductors for nanophotonics

We seek an ambitious and motivated researcher to advance the frontiers of nanophotonics with two-dimensional semiconductors. Selection starts immediately.
(Post-doctoral) Researcher
Department of Applied Physics
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Job description

The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group at TU/e - Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) is looking for excellent candidates for an open Ph.D. student position on nanophotonics with 2D semiconductors.

In this project, we will pursue the ultimate limit in the control of light: the atomic scale. Layered 2D semiconductors are nearly ideal sources and detectors for nanophotonics. They exhibit a strong optical response and give access to exciting electronic degrees of freedom like the spin, valley and layer numbers. Using the extreme light-matter interaction enabled by monolayer 2D semiconductors, we will demonstrate guiding of optical waves bound to atomically thin materials. These waves open the gate to active control of nanoscale light in tunable devices.

The project employs a combination of optical microscopy and spectroscopy, light emission and photodetection techniques, nanofabrication, and nanophotonic simulations. It merges concepts and techniques from nano-optics with the Physics of ultrathin semiconducting materials.

You will work closely with other researchers in the Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Alberto G. Curto and with international collaborators. You will lead experimental research and compare your results with theoretical predictions. This project is supported by a recently awarded NWO  Start-Up grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and aims for a novel approach to nanoscale photonics.

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 is part of the Department of Applied Physics. It is a member of the Institute for Photonic Integration devoted to interdisciplinary research into integrated photonics, encompassing novel photonic materials, devices, and systems. The group combines expertise in diverse areas of Photonics, Optoelectronics, Quantum Optics, Nanotechnology, and Semiconductors. It houses extensive optical and low-temperature equipment, and it has access to NanoLab@TU/e, an 800 m2 fully-equipped cleanroom.

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Job requirements

The successful candidate should have:

  • a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Photonics or Electrical Engineering in a closely related discipline (or expect to graduate very soon).
  • Past contributions to Nano-Optics/Nanophotonics, Metamaterials, Plasmonics, Optical Physics, as demonstrated by publications. Experience in at least one of these topics is required. Personal contributions to 2D semiconductors and experience with photoluminescence microscopy will be regarded as a bonus but are not required. Only experimental profiles will be considered for this position.
  • The drive to tackle a complex problem with independence and a dynamic character to lead a competitive project to completion. The successful candidate has excellent team-working and communication skills.
  • A dynamic character and excellent communication skills to become a multiplying factor within our team.
  • The ambition to excel in research.

Conditions of employment

  • An exciting research project at the forefront of the field.
  • A full-time appointment for two years, with evaluation after one year.
  • A gross monthly salary in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement of the Dutch Universities, scale 10, depending on your experience
  • An attractive package of fringe benefits including moving expenses, holiday and end-of-year allowances, 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.

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, email and phone of two scientists able and willing to provide references.

 For additional information, visit or contact Dr. Alberto G. Curto (A.G.Curto[a]