PhD studentship on nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (V34.3158)

PhD studentship on nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems

Faculteit Technische Natuurkunde


The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands, has an open PhD student position on nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems. 

The propagation of light can be influenced by moving boundaries, for example a mirror. When this motion is actuated electrically, a coupling between charges and electromagnetic fields is realized. By confining light, motion and charges at the nanoscale, their mutual interaction is strongly increased, to the point that the coupling between single electrons, single phonons and single photons may become accessible [1]. This would open the way to a variety of sensors operating at the single quantum level, and to the coherent transfer of quantum information between disparate degrees of freedom, as needed for example to interconnect distant nodes in a quantum network. In this project novel nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (NOEMS) will be investigated, which are designed to maximize the charge-phonon-photon coupling. They are based on electromechanical photonic crystal cavities recently developed in our group [2], where both photons and charges can be confined in submicrometer regions, resulting in strong coupling to mechanical motion.

Project description
The selected candidate will perform fundamental research at the interface between nanophotonics and optomechanics. He/she will conceive and fabricate integrated NOEMS and characterize their electro-opto-mechanical properties. Specific goals include the investigation of the coupled electro-opto-mechanical dynamics and the demonstration of optical sensing of (single) charges via the mechanics. The project will be supervised by Prof. A. Fiore and will be carried out mainly at TU/e (Eindhoven), in collaboration with the group of Prof. E. Verhagen at AMOLF (Amsterdam). 

[1] L. Midolo, A. Schliesser and A. Fiore, “Nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems”, Nature Nanotechnology, in press
[2] Z. Zobenica et al., “Integrated nano-opto-electro-mechanical sensor for spectrometry and nanometrology”, Nature Communications 8, 2216 (2017) 


We welcome applications from candidates with a Master degree in physics or electrical engineering with top marks and with a background and interest in optics or photonics. 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.


  • a challenging job in a dynamic and ambitious university and a stimulating internationally renowned research environment;
  • full-time temporary appointment for 4 years;
  • gross salary between € 2.222,00 per month (first year) and € 2.801,00 per month (last year);
  • Additionally, 8% holiday and 8.3% end-of-year annual supplements;
  • an extensive package of fringe benefits (e.g. excellent technical infrastructure, the possibility of child care and excellent sports facilities);


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If you are interested in this position please send:

  • a cover letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the position;
  • a detailed Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications and key achievements in research project(s));
  • contact information of two references;
  • copies of diplomas with course grades;

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