PhD Candidate, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

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  • PhD candidate, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - 2018BAPFWETEF309

    At the physics department of the University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium, a PhD candidate position is available in the Laboratory for Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, in collaboration with the Brussels Photonics team (B-PHOT, VUB), and financed in the framework of a nationally funded Excellence of Science (EOS) project:

    Topic: Nonlinear-optical nano-hybrid materials towards bio-imaging applications.

    Organic conjugated molecules can exhibit an extraordinarily large non-linear optical (NLO) response due to their highly polarisable electronic system, which is promising for applications such as frequency conversion of lasers and as ultrafast light modulators and switches for optical telecommunications. In this project, you will build on the host group’s recent breakthroughs in the alignment of NLO molecules inside carbon nanotubes to obtain a further dramatic cooperative enhancement of the molecular NLO responses, to develop and characterise new NLO nano-hybrid materials and work towards their implementation in fibre-optic devices for second harmonic bio-imaging. You will learn state-of-the-art preparation and optical/laser-spectroscopic characterisation techniques available at UA, including wavelength-dependent resonant Raman scattering and IR fluorescence-excitation spectroscopy, for characterising the filling of CNTs with single rows of molecules, and NLO characterisation using a worldwide unique setup for second harmonic light scattering with widely tuneable laser wavelength. You will also contribute to the further development of these techniques. At UA you will be supervised by W. Wenseleers and S. Cambré. For the implementation in macroscopic NLO materials and fibre-optic devices, you will be co-supervised by N. Vermeulen at VUB, B-PHOT, where you can draw on the extensive expertise in photonic device and specialty optical fibre development. You will also benefit from the wide network of collaborations of the host groups, in particular the consortium of this EOS project (6 Belgian and international research groups) including experts in fields ranging from materials science and photonics to structural biology and biomedical sensing and imaging.

    Starting date: Position is available immediately; exact date to be agreed with candidate.

    Profile: You obtained a diploma of Master in Physics or Engineer in a related field, with excellent grades. You are very motivated for experimental scientific research and you wish to prepare a PhD thesis in this area of research. Also in case you are interested and you have not obtained your diploma yet, but expect to do so in 2018, please apply now already.

    We offer: A salary for four years (provided positive evaluation after 1 year), in the range of ~2070-2120¤/month (tax exempt; may depend on eligibility), funded by the above mentioned EOS project, and the opportunity to perform research in a multidisciplinary environment with state-of-the-art experimental equipment, and obtain a joint/double PhD at the University of Antwerp and the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

    Application: Send your motivation letter with CV and contact information of any references to: christine.waerebeek [at] uantwerpen[.]be. (deadline: November 15, 2018). Please mention ‘PhD-ECM-EOS’ in the subject of your mail.

    For more information:
    Wim.Wenseleers [at] uantwerpen[.]be, Sofie.Cambre [at] uantwerpen[.]be, Nathalie.Vermeulen [at] vub[.]ac[.]be

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    Laboratory address:

    Laboratory for Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

    University of Antwerp (campus Drie Eiken),

    Physics Department,

    Universiteitsplein 1,

    B-2610 Antwerpen


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