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.
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.
How to Apply
All applications should be done online via the official website.
Deadline: May 15, 2021.