PhD position on the physics of plasma-charging of nanoparticles (V34.3465)

PhD position on the physics of plasma-charging of nanoparticles

The group Elementary Processes in Gas discharges (EPG) in the Faculty of Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) has an open PhD position on the physics of plasma particle charging.
Faculteit Technische Natuurkunde



For decades researchers have tended to reveal the fundamental principles behind dynamic plasma charging of small particles immersed in it. Although plasma-particle interaction is relatively well understood, the stochastic nature of plasma-charging of nanoparticles is close to a black box in terms of which principle processes play a dominant role.

Project description

The main goal of the open projects is to understand the fundamental processes regarding the dynamic plasma charging of particles a few nanometers in size. The work will be mainly experimentally oriented using a combination of state-of-the-art plasma diagnostics that will be further developed in the framework of the defined project. A new experimental setup will be developed and built. Also, the project includes the development of analytical models to enhance understanding of the conducted measurement campaigns. The project will be supervised by Dr. J. Beckers (co-promotor) and Prof. Gerrit Kroesen (promotor).


We welcome applications from candidates with a Master degree and a background and interest in (complex or dusty) plasma physics. Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental physics and the drive and capacity to tackle different aspects of a complex problem with large independence while collaborating intensively with colleagues.


We offer a challenging research project in an ambitious research group through a fixed-term appointment for a period of 4 years. The research is intended to lead to the attainment of a PhD degree. As an employee of the university you will receive a competitive salary as well as excellent employment conditions. The salary starts at € 2266,- per month (gross) in the first year, increasing up to € 2897,- per month (gross) in the last year. Moreover, an 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year allowance is provided annually. Assistance for finding accommodation is available. The university offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes, and excellent sports facilities. TU/e also provides opportunities for personal development by offering every PhD student a series of courses in the PROOF program as an addition to your scientific education.

Informatie en sollicitatie

If interested, please use 'apply now'-button at the top of this page. Applications should include:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and qualifications for the position,
  • a curriculum vitae,

Candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible, as selection will start immediately.