Postdoc position on nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems - Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

The Photonics and Semiconductor Nanophysics group at the Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands, has an open postdoctoral position on nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (NOEMS). Background Nanophotonic devices, such as lasers and detectors based on photonic crystal or plasmonic confinement, are extremely sensitive to any structural change or fabrication imperfection, due to the very tight optical confinement. A method for actively tuning such structures is therefore needed for most applications. We have recently developed an approach for the nano-electro-mechanical actuation of a photonic crystal cavity [1,2], which holds great promise as a general solution to the problem of tuning a nanophotonic resonance. By combining such actuation with integrated waveguides and semiconductor active regions, a wide range of tuneable lasers, detectors, filters and passive devices can be realised. In the framework of a project funded by the Dutch Technology foundation STW, we aim at first applying this concept to the realisation of integrated microspectrometers consisting of a tuneable filter and a detector. Such devices would find wide application as low-cost, mass-produced spectrometers for optical sensing applications. Project description The selected candidate will perform groundbreaking applied research in the field of nanophotonic devices. Together with a PhD student to be hired on the same project, he/she will be responsible for conceiving, designing, fabricating and characterising novel nano-electro-opto-mechanical systems consisting of tuneable photonic crystal cavities integrated with semiconductor detectors. Additional involvement on other projects related to NOEMS and the co-supervision of other PhD students in the group is also desirable. The project will be supervised by Prof. A. Fiore and dr. R.W. van der Heijden. Requirements We welcome applications from candidates with an excellent academic background in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Microtechnology and with a PhD degree in optics or photonics. The ideal candidate would have previous experience in the modeling, nanofabrication and optical characterisation of nanophotonic devices. Candidates must prove a strong attitude towards experimental physics and a large degree of initiative and independence. Appointment and salary The initial appointment will be for a duration of 1-2 years, and may be renewed depending on mutual interest and funding, in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of the Dutch Universities. The University offers an attractive package of fringe benefits such as excellent technical infrastructure, child care, savings schemes and excellent sports facilities. Application Please apply through the link: Candidates are urged to apply as soon as possible, as selection will start immediately. References: [1] Midolo et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 98, 211120 (2011) [2] Midolo et al., Optics Express 20, 19255 (2012)

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