In this project you will couple tunable optical microcavities with nanostructured excitonic materials to achieve strong photon-photon interactions. You will use these interactions to investigate phase transitions of light, and to evidence the conditions under which noise can enhance the transport of excitations in complex systems. By designing cavity arrays with different dimensionalities and geometries, you will tailor the potential landscape in which photons hop and interact. This will allow you to emulate the behaviour of condensed matter systems with light.
You will be primarily involved in all aspects of the design, realization, and analysis of experiments. In synergy with a PhD-student and the groupleader, you will build two optical setups:
Through these projects you will become an expert in hybrid light-matter systems, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, and condensed matter physics. You will collaborate with other AMOLF groups synthetizing organic and inorganic materials that you will place inside microcavities, and with colleagues at the University of Oxford in the design novel microcavity arrays. You will also develop theory, and work closely with theoretical groups, to interpret your experimental results.
The Interacting Photons group is part of the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF. Our activities officially start on November 1, 2017, but we are already preparing our labs for 'hitting the ground running'. We are interested in the fundamental physics, but we also value applications. We have strong connections to other groups in the Netherlands (particularly at AMOLF), in France, and in the UK. You will have extensive support from the group leader and the technical staff at AMOLF. You will have access to state-of-the-art nanofabrication and characterization methods at the Amsterdam NanoLab. In collaboration with other AMOLF groups you will have access to setups with a wide range of capabilities.
You have (or will get soon) a PhD in Physics or closely-related discipline. Lab experience in optics/photonics is required. A background or strong interest in any of the following is valued: nonlinearity, quantum optics, coupled systems, condensed matter, stochastic systems. This project involves multiple collaborations, so we are looking for a team-player.
Conditions of employment
NWO-I, the Institutes Organisation of NWO-I, prefers candidates who have qualifying experience (e.g. as PhD student or postdoctoral researcher) in a scientific research institute abroad.
You will be employed by NWO-I for a fixed period of two years.
Your salary will be up to a maximum of 4,089 euro gross per month, depending on your level of experience. The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8 percent and an end-of-year bonus of 8.33 percent.
The conditions of employment of NWO-I are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at NWO-I can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The 'Job interview code' applies to this position.
Dr. Said R.K. Rodriguez
Group leader Interacting Photons
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100
Please send your: – Resume; – Motivation on why you want to join the group (max. 1 page). Applications without this motivation will not be taken into account. However, with this motivation your application will receive our full attention. Online screening may be part of the selection. Commercial activities in response to this ad are not appreciated.
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