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Research Zernike (ZIAM) Job Opportunities

PhD positions

The Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials has the following job openings for PhD students:

PhD position on "Structure-Property of Quantum Dots Superlattices" (Nanoscience) (10-11-2020)

We are looking for a highly motivated candidate for a PhD position in Nanoscience in the group of Polymer Physics and Physical-Chemistry of Nanostructured Materials at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). The PhD project will run in close collaboration with world-leading scientists and companies active in the field of quantum dots and nanodevices and it is part of a larger consortium which aims to study metamaterials build by quantum dots. The PhD project will last for four years.

The PhD project will focus on:

a) Study the assembly behaviour of semiconductor quantum dots by means of X-ray scattering and diffraction

b) Perform in situ study using X-rays of the structural changes occurring during the superlattice formation using different conditions

c) Elucidate the effect of the ligand nature on the superlattice formation

d) Establish routes to improve the 2D and 3D order of the superlattices

We look for a candidate with masters degree in physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science or equivalent, possibly with previous experience in the field of quantum dots or nanoscience. Knowledge of X-rays scattering or diffraction is a big plus. Good written and spoken English proficiency is required.

The PhD position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. However, we would like to receive applications by 25 November 2020. These applications will be processed rapidly.

If interested, please submit a letter of motivation and your CV including contact information for academic references.

Please contact Dr. Giuseppe Portale (g.portale(at)

PhD and Postdoc positions on Intrinsically-disordered Proteins (14-08-2020)

There are two vacancies for PhD students/postdocs on coarse-grained molecular dynamics of intrinsically disordered proteins. For detailled information on the projects and the application procedure, see the Nature jobs web-site. For further questions please contact prof. dr. ir. Patrick Onck.

Last modified:02 February 2021 3.54 p.m.