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PhD candidate in Plasmon-enhanced infrared optical absorption of metals

When a metal such as tin (Sn) is illuminated with a high power laser, a plasma is created. Unfortunately, metals are normally excellent reflectors of infrared light. The aim of this project is to turn metals into good absorbers of light, particularly in the infrared.  To achieve this, specially designed, nanostructured metal surfaces will be fabricated on which surface plasmons can be excited.  In addition, metallic antennas, metamaterials and multilayer structures will be studied for their ability to increase the absorption and for the possibility to steer the (remaining) infrared light.  For these experiments, a tunable (1.5-10 micron wavelength), high-power, femtosecond  laser source will be used.


You have an MSc-degree in Chemistry or Physics and, preferably, experience with (femtosecond) lasers and optics. Good communication skills (in English) and a willingness to collaborate with others are an advantage.

Nr of positions available : 1

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Early stage researcher or 0-4 yrs (Post graduate)
Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)
More Experienced researcher or >10 yrs (Senior)

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The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a period of 4 years (initial appointment will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years) and should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). An educational plan will be drafted that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. The PhD candidate is also expected to assist in the teaching of undergraduates.

Based on a full-time appointment (38 hours per week) the gross monthly salary will range from €2,083 in the first year to €2,664 in the last year. The Collective Employment Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities is applicable.

The Faculty of Science assists any new PhD candidate with visa applications and ARCNL can assist in finding housing.


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Required Research Experiences
Main Research Field Physics
Required Languages
Language ENGLISH
Language Level Good
Required Education Level
Degree Field Physics
Degree University Graduate
Required Research Experiences
Years of Research Experience 1
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