Postdoctoral Researcher in Nanophotonics with 2D Quantum Materials

Faculteit/Dienst:  Faculteit der Natuurw., Wiskunde & Informatica
Opleidingsniveau:  Gepromoveerd
Functie type:  Wetenschappelijk Personeel
Sluitingsdatum:  15 feb 2022
Vacaturenummer:  7868



Are you a highly-motivated physicist interested in a postdoctoral research position at the intersection between nanophotonics and 2D material science? The 2D Nanophotonics group within the Institute of Physics has an open position for the project 'Active 2D quantum metasurface optics'. The aim is to employ exciton resonances in monolayer 2D semiconductors to actively tune the optical response of metasurfaces.


Optical metasurfaces offer ultra-flat and compact alternatives to conventional bulky optical elements like mirrors, lenses, and prisms. By accurate engineering of the resonant light-matter interaction of arrays of nanostructures, light can be scattered in a controlled fashion to perform an optical function. While such optical metasurfaces are nowadays highly efficient and well established, their optical function is typically static. In this project you will study the strong light-matter interactions of stable excitons in monolayer 2D semiconductor material and employ these excitons as a new type of resonant building block for optical metasurfaces. We aim to leverage the high sensitivity of exciton resonances to external stimuli to realize atomically-thin optical elements with an electrically-tunable optical function.


You will be joining an exciting team of researchers with a strong emphasis on collaboration. We expect you to be an active member of the research group, and a driving force in this project.


What are you going to do?


You will perform fundamental research on the understanding and use of monolayer 2D van der Waals materials in atomically-thin optical metasurfaces.


You will:

  • fabricate optical metasurfaces and nanoscale devices in the cleanroom of the AMOLF NanoLab Amsterdam;
  • design and perform high-sensitivity optical and electronic experiments at cryogenic temperatures;
  • develop theory and computer simulations to support the experiments;
  • present your results in international workshops and conferences;
  • collaborate with other members of the research group, other groups within the Quantum Materials cluster, and (international) collaborators;
  • take part in the teaching efforts of the group, including supervision of Bachelor and Master students.


What do we require?


You have:

  • a PhD degree in physics;
  • a strong background in experimental nanophotonics and/or 2D materials physics;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

You are:

  • able to work both independently and collaboratively.


Our offer


A temporary contract for two years. The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be 2,846 to 4,490 (scale 10) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favorable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.


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About us


The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.


The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam is located in the center of the Amsterdam Science Park. The IoP – as part of the Faculty of Science –is housed in a modern building with excellent labs and technical facilities. Surrounded by several national research institutes and with our partners at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the institute is part of a strong physics center of international standing.


The Van der Waals - Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (IoP-WZI) is part of the IoP and home to three research clusters: Quantum Gases & Quantum Information (QG&QI), Quantum Materials (QMat), and Soft Matter (SM).


This two-year postdoc project will be carried out in the 2D Nanophotonics lab headed by Dr. Jorik van de Groep within the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI). Our laboratory focusses on photonic metasurfaces with 2D materials and benefits from an exceptional scientific environment in hard condensed matter, nanophotonics, and materials science. 


Job application


Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by February 15, 2022. The starting date is open for discussion, but is expected to be at the latest September 2022 (earlier dates are preferred).


Please send your application electronically as a single PDF document (please upload in the field marked  ('CV') that includes:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter (max. one page) that explains why you choose to apply for this position, including a statement of your research experience and interests;
  • list of scientific publications;
  • the name and email address of at least two references, who will be asked for their recommendation letters when you are shortlisted.


Applications without the motivations letter will not be taken into consideration. However, with this motivation letter your application will receive our full attention.


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