PhD in Flexible Optical Metasurfaces at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 2021

Are you a highly motivated physicist with a strong interest in blurring the boundaries between photonics and mechanics? The University of Amsterdam invites applications for the Ph.D. in Flexible Optical Metasurfaces in the Netherlands for the 2021/22 academic session.

You are expected to perform fundamental research to push the limit of active metamaterials. Thus you will

  • develop and fabricate micron-scale kirigami metamaterials and nanophotonic optical metasurfaces in the cleanroom of the AMOLF NanoLab Amsterdam;
  • design and create mechanically-programmable active optical metasurfaces;
  • perform optical experiments with mechanical stimuli;
  • construct a multiscale hybrid mechanics/optics model to support and guide the experiments;
  • present your results in international workshops and conferences;
  • work collaboratively between two research groups;
  • take part in the teaching efforts of both groups, including supervision of Bachelor’s and Master’s students.

Worth of Award

  • The scholarship is worth €2,395 to €3,061 gross per month.

It also covers

  • a temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of 4 years. (the 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). This should lead to a dissertation (Ph.D. thesis).
  • an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings will be drafted.
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Candidates with the following criteria are highly sought after for the Ph.D. in Flexible Optical Metasurfaces:

  • a creative, curious, and driven nature;
  • a strong background in physics and a Master’s degree in Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computational Science, or a related field;
  • an eagerness to learn new techniques and to combine numerical simulations, theory, and experiments;
  • excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Other skills, experiences, and documents that would benefit your application include

  • previous experience in an optics lab, mechanics lab, or cleanroom fabrication;
  • demonstrated experience with programming and modeling software (matlab, python, Comsol, Lumerical);
  • scientific publications.
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How to Apply

All applications should be done online via the official website.

Deadline: May 15, 2021.


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