Two PhD student positions on Nanophotonics for Biological Applications
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Rapid conceptual developments and progress in nanofabrication technologies, computational electromagnetics and optical measurement methodologies have brought optics and photonics firmly into the realm of nanoscience. Nanophotonics now encompass subfields of extremely high current interest – plasmonics, optical nanoscopy, metamaterials, to name a few. The methods and concepts developed in nanophotonics have a very broad applicability and may provide solutions to challenges as diverse as single molecule medical diagnostics, quantum optics for tomorrow’s telecom networks and environmentally friendly fuels from solar energy harvesting.
The Division of Bionanophotonics at Chalmers is engaged in fundamental and applied nanophotonics studies at the international research frontier. The group is highly international and consists of MSc and PhD students, post docs and senior scientists. The group is embedded in the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, which is one of the largest Physics departments in Sweden. Researchers in the Division of Bionanophotonics do experiments, theory and computer simulations and we are heavy users of Chalmers nanofabrication facility. We now seek highly motivated candidates for two PhD projects, as outlined below.
POSITION 1: PHASE-GRADIENT METASURFACES FOR BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS
Phase-gradient metasurfaces are built from subwavelength particles which properties are systematically varied over the surface. This allows one to control the phase of light that is transmitted through or reflected from the metasurface, which in turn makes it possible to construct extremely compact analoges of most common optical components, for example microscope objectives. The PhD project involves nanofabrication of flat optics components, experiments targeting applications in optical microscopy of biological cells, and computer simulations of metasurface devices.
POSITION 2. ACTIVE BIONANOPHOTONICS
Light can exert forces on small objects in many ways, including optical forces (like in laser tweezers) and through heat transfer (leading to photophoresis). This PhD position focuses on utilizing such forces for biological sensing and actuation. The ultimate goal is to be able to detect single biological nanoobjects on a sensor chip or in solution and at the same time control the position and movement of those objects at the nanoscale. The PhD project focuses on optical experiments and simulations, but itmay also involve nanofabrication of various devices.
Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. This includes developing scientific concepts and communicating research results both verbally and in writing. In addition to the research project, you will also take courses on the advanced level within the graduate school of Physics. The position may also include teaching or other duties corresponding to at most 20% of working hours.
Some of the benefits of pursuing a PhD degree at Chalmers and in the bionanophotonics group are:
- Opportunity for internation travel, at least once a year (for conference presentations, study visits, etc.)
- Highly competitive salary.
- Large control over your own research project and competence development.
- Opportunity to build your own experiments with some of the most advanced technology available.
- Stimulating collaborations with fellow PhD students and seniors across dicipline and department borders.
- Excellent educational program in soft and transferable skills.
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of five years.
To qualify as a PhD student, you must have a master's level degree corresponding to at least 240 higher education credits, or the equivalent, in physics, optics, nanoscience, physical chemistry or a related subject area. You have excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Your have a genuine interest in planning, executing and analyzing experiments and simulations, and to connect the results to theory and possible applications. You take responsibility for progress and quality of your work, and you are also a team player able to engage in collaborative work with other students and senior scientists in your research group and elsewhere.
Chalmers offers Swedish courses.
Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.
The application should be marked with Ref 20190592 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:
CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
• Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
• Two references that we can contact.
Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus
• Copies of bachelor and/or master’s thesis.
• Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.
Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).
Application deadline: 15th December, 2019
For questions, please contact:
Mikael Käll (professor), Bionanophotonics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Andrén (PhD-student), Bionanophotonics, email@example.com
Steven Jones (PhD-student), Bionanophotonics, firstname.lastname@example.org
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