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2 PhD's in dusty and complex plasma physics

2 PhD's in dusty and complex plasma physics

Applied Physics and Science Education


Are you eager to work on fundamental plasma physical problems that find direct application in the high tech industry? In this project you will dive in the elementary processes that determine the interaction between small particles (down to the nanometer regime) and ionized media to solve contamination issues in ultraclean semiconductor manufacturing equipment for the future. In the project “Plasma Controlling Nano Contamination” funded by the Dutch research council and the companies ASML and VDL Enabling Technologies Group, we have two PhD vacancies which are experimentally oriented. Are you the one to join our team?  

Job Description

Particle contamination on the nanometer length scale has become an increasingly important problem to tackle for the semiconductor industry, especially since the introduction of Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography (EUVL) to the field. The focus of this project is on investigating and understanding Complex Ionized Media (CIM), i.e. the interaction between 10 – 1000 nanometer sized particles (contaminants) near or at surfaces, and an exotic ionized environment, such as that relevant for Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUVL). The latter is known to be a complex interplay between gas molecules, (EUV) photons able to ionize, EUV-induced plasmas, secondary electrons, delicate surfaces and large (plasma-induced or externally applied) electric fields. From utilization point of view, immediate application of the research results in EUVL and the development of novel mitigation strategies for nano contamination are important.

As one of the two PhD students in this project, you will perform in-depth (experimental) research which leads - through analytical modeling efforts - to enhanced understanding of the above ecosystems. At the same time, you act as bridge between the university and stakeholders from the involved companies. This means, that your research is fundamentally oriented while you always have in mind the application of you results in the relevant high tech environments. 

The PhD positions are fully embedded in the CIMlabs group in the department of Applied Physics and Science Education of the Eindhoven University of Technology. However, candidates are expected to spend considerable time at the respective companies as well in order to sense applicational oriented challenges and transfer knowledge. This gives you the chance to experience both: academia and industry.

Besides research you will also contribute to education within the department. Apart from supervising BSc and MSc students in their research projects, other assistance in education, e.g. in bachelor courses, is usually limited to around 5% of your contract time.

NOTE: For candidates with specific interest in teaching and education there is the option for a 5-year PhD studentship. Teaching and education will be substantial during this full PhD project, with a total amount of extra time equivalent to a full contract year. Please express your interest to the vacancy holder/supervisor in charge.


  • A master’s degree in physics.
  • Affinity with plasma physics.
  • A research oriented attitude.
  • An application oriented attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team and interested in collaborating with the industrial partners.
  • Perfect social and communicative skills.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.


  • A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the possibility to present your work at international conferences.
  • A full-time employment for four years, with an intermediate evaluation (go/no-go) after nine months.
  • To develop your teaching skills, you will spend 10% of your employment on teaching tasks.
  • To support you during your PhD and to prepare you for the rest of your career, you will make a Training and Supervision plan and you will have free access to a personal development program for PhD students (PROOF program).
  • A gross monthly salary and benefits (such as a pension scheme, pregnancy and maternity leave, partially paid parental leave) in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement for Dutch Universities.
  • Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary.
  • Should you come from abroad and comply with certain conditions, you can make use of the so-called ‘30% facility’, which permits you not to pay tax on 30% of your salary.
  • A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
  • Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as an international spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports facilities.

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Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
Job Beckers, Principle Investigator CIMlabs, j.beckers[at]

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We invite you to submit a complete application by using the 'apply now'-button on this page.
The application should include a:

  • Cover letter in which you describe your motivation and qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae, including a list of your publications and the contact information of
    three references.
  • Brief description of your MSc thesis.

We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it.
Screening will continue until the position has been filled.

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