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* PhD position optical microscopy and spectroscopy of functional organic nanostructures (1.0 FTE)

(Date of publication November 8th, 2018)

Do you want to gain a PhD degree by using the latest optical microscopy and spectroscopy tools? Are you eager to unravel the mysteries of self-assembled nanostructures? Do you have a background in Physics or Physical Chemistry? Then do not hesitate: apply and join the Optical Spectroscopy of Functional Nanosystems group at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen on a (fully employed four-year) PhD position.

About us

Our team is driven by the desire to understand how things work at the microscopic level, also known as the molecular scale, the world of the infinitesimally small. Together, we will study nanostructures based on functional organic macromolecules (e.g. conjugated polymers). These materials have potential for application in novel photonic circuits. Our work focuses on developing a better understanding of the transport dynamics of electronic excitations, specifically of the (ultrafast) coherent transport dynamics. We aim at designing systems with optimized transport characteristics. Ultimately this should help to design new, more efficient architectures for light-energy conversion.

You will join us in brand new labs at the Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). You will collaborate with world-leading groups at site and at the Universities of Freiburg and Bayreuth (Germany).

Your challenges

  • you will implement Fourier microscopy (back-focal-plane imaging) and Fourier spectroscopy (energy-momentum spectroscopy) into a microscopy setup;
  • you will investigate coherence properties of the photoluminescence emitted from isolated supramolecular nanostructures (nanofibres and single crystals);
  • you will perform numerical modelling of the light propagation within supramolecular structures.


You hold a master degree in physics or physical chemistry and like to work in an interdisciplinary environment. If you have experience in optical spectroscopy / microscopy and / or numerical modeling this may be a plus, but it is not a strict requirement. Good written and spoken English proficiency is required.

Our world is science. We want to leap knowledge and drive innovation. We are convinced that this requires diversity and we believe in equal opportunities. Grab your chance and submit your application. Your complete application has a letter of motivation and a CV with contact information for academic references.

For questions and to apply please mail to Prof. Dr. Richard Hildner

Last modified:11 November 2018 9.23 p.m.