Postdoctoral position, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

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  • Postdoctoral position, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics - 2018BAPFWETEF310

    At the physics department of the University of Antwerp (UA), Belgium, a Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the Laboratory for Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, financed in the framework of a nationally funded Excellence of Science (EOS) project:

    Topic: Nonlinear-optical characterisation of organic molecules, carbon nanotube/organic hybrids and fibre-optic devices 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 use, and contribute to the further development of, the host group’s unique setup for the nonlinear optical characterisation of organic molecules and nanohybrid materials by second-harmonic light scattering (hyper-Rayleigh scattering) with widely tuneable laser wavelength based on a picosecond pulsed, amplified laser system with automated OPA. You will combine this with the group’s breakthrough in the alignment of NLO molecules inside carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to obtain a further dramatic cooperative enhancement of the molecular NLO responses, to develop and characterise new NLO nano-hybrid materials. In collaboration with the Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT, VUB), these NLO molecules and nanohybrids will be implemented in macroscopic NLO materials and fibre-optic devices aimed towards applications in bio-imaging and bio-sensing. You will work in a highly multidisciplinary group where you can also draw on an extensive expertise and equipment for the characterisation of carbon nanotubes (in particular their filling and structure sorting), including wavelength-dependent resonant Raman scattering and IR fluorescence-excitation spectroscopy. You will be supervised by W. Wenseleers and S. Cambré, and you will co-supervise PhD candidates working on related projects. 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 start date to be agreed with candidate.

    Profile: You obtained a PhD in Physics or Engineering in a related field, with excellent results. You are very motivated for experimental scientific research and have experience in advanced laser-spectroscopic research, preferably in nonlinear optics of organic or nanostructured systems. Experience related to carbon nanotubes, graphene, or related materials, is an advantage. Also in case you are interested and you have not obtained your PhD yet, but expect to do so in 2018, please apply now already.

    We offer: A salary for one year (extendable up to 4 years, depending on results and funding), in the range of ~2020-3260¤/month (depending on experience), funded by the above mentioned EOS project, and the opportunity to perform research in a multidisciplinary environment with state-of-the-art experimental equipment.

    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 ‘POSTDOC-ECM-EOS2018’ in the subject of your mail.

    For more information:
    Wim.Wenseleers [at] uantwerpen[.]be, Sofie.Cambre [at] uantwerpen[.]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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