Postdoctoral position in Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of optically trapped metal nanoparticles

Ref: REF 2017-0181


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Information about the project
The position is supervised by Prof. Mikael Käll and Assoc. Prof. Giovanni Volpe and is placed at the Division of Bionanophotonics, Department of Physics, Chalmers.

The Käll group has been engaged in advanced nanophotonics, biophotonics and plasmonics research since more than 15 years and is well known for their contributions to fields like nanoplasmonic sensing, surface-enhanced Raman scattering, nanooptical antennas and optical manipulation of metal nanoparticles

The Volpe group focuses on active matter, stochastic thermodynamics and optical manipulation and are well known for their contributions to the study of plasmonics, optical manipulation, microswimmers and stochastic phenomena.

Chalmers University of Technology is a leading research institution in nanoscience in Sweden and hosts one of northern Europe’s largest and most well equipped clean rooms dedicated to nanofabrication. The two collaborating research groups have access to state-of-the-art experimental, fabrication and computational facilities and a broad academic network in the field of plasmonics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

Major responsibilities
The post doc project focuses on experimental studies of non-equilibrium thermodynamics phenomena based on optical trapping of plasmonic metal nanoparticles. The work is mainly experimental, but it can also involve theory and simulations. The successful candidate will be integrated in a team of students and senior researchers with competences ranging from sophisticated nanofabrication to theoretical physics.

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position also includes teaching on undergraduate and master's levels as well as supervising master's and/or PhD students to a certain extent. Another important aspect involves collaboration within academia and with society at large. The position is meritorious for future research duties within academia as well as industry/the public sector.

Position summary
Full-time temporary employment. The position is limited to a maximum of two years (1+1).

The applicant should have a PhD degree in physics, optics, nanoscience, or a related subject area. The applicant should have solid experience in advanced optical spectroscopy and/or microscopy, and preferably hands-on experience from laser tweezers experiments.The applicant should be fluent in English. Previous experience from the non-equilibrium thermodynamics field is advantageous.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must have a doctoral degree in a relevant field; the degree should generally not be older than three years. You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in Swedish and English. If Swedish is not your native language, you should be able to teach in Swedish on undergraduate level after two years. Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

Chalmers continuously strives to be an attractive employer. Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20170167 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document as: CV, Surname, Ref. number) including:
• CV, include complete list of publications
• Previous teaching and pedagogical experiences
• Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number) including:
• 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.
• Previous research fields and main research results.
• Future goals and research focus. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?

Other documents:
• Attested copies of completed education, grades and other certificates.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 2017-05-15

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Mikael Käll, +46 31-772 31 19 mikael.kall@chalmers.se
Assoc. Prof. Giovanni Volpe,+46 31 786 9137, giovanni.volpe@physics.gu.se

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