Postdoc position in Applications of optical metasurfaces

Updated: 5 months ago
Deadline: 20 Apr 2023

State-of-the-art flat optics components based on multifunctional metasurfaces are looking to replace traditional optical components in many photonics applications. Join a team with decades of experience in nanophotonics and contribute to a project that aims to implement new ultra-compact light sources for novel applications in biosensing and bioimaging. If you enjoy generating ideas supported by modeling and calculations, appreciate the elegant beauty of nanofabrication, and thirst for the satisfaction of seeing your predictions come to life in the lab, this position is for you!

Project description
This postdoc project focuses on applications of optical metasurfaces (flat optics). You will join an ongoing project focused on the development of optical metasurfaces that are integrated with GaAs vertical cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) and engage in developing applications based on this technology, in particular within the biophotonics field (e.g. in bioimaging and biosensing). The position involves cleanroom work based on electron-beam lithography, electrodynamics simulations of metasurfaces, experimental optical analysis, and development of proof-of-principle devises. You will work in a team of students and senior researchers with competences ranging from VCSEL fabrication to biophotonics applications. The Bionanophotonics group, lead by Professor Mikael Käll, has been engaged in advanced nanophotonics research since more than twenty years and is well-known for contributions to fields like plasmonics, surface-enhanced spectroscopy, optical manipulation, and metasurfaces.

Major responsibilities
You will learn to fabricate metasurfaces using e.g. electron-beam lithography, optimize metasurfaces using simulation tools such as COMSOL, and you will participate in the development of proof-of-principle metasurface devices. 

Your major responsibility as postdoc is to perform your own research in a research group. The position may also include 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.

The applicant should have a background in nanophotonics and optical experiments. Previous experience with electrodynamics simulation software, such as Lumerical or Comsol Multiphysics, is advantageous.

To qualify for the position of postdoc, you must hold a doctoral degree awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline (according to the current agreement with the Swedish Agency for Government Employers).
The position requires sound verbal and written communication skills in English. Swedish is not a requirement but Chalmers offers Swedish courses.

You are expected to be somewhat accustomed to teaching, and to demonstrate good potential within research and education.

Contract terms
This postdoc position is a full-time temporary employment for two years, with possible extension for one more year.

We offer
Chalmers offers a cultivating and inspiring working environment in the coastal city of Gothenburg .
Read more about working at Chalmers  and our benefits  for employees.

Chalmers aims to actively improve our gender balance. We work broadly with equality projects, for example the GENIE Initiative on gender equality for excellence . Equality and diversity are substantial foundations in all activities at Chalmers.

Application procedure
The application should be marked with Ref 20230193 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as PDF-files, as below. Maximum size for each file is 40 MB. Please note that the system does not support Zip files.

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)
1-3 pages where you:
• Introduce yourself
• Describe your previous research fields and main research results
• Describe your future goals and future research focus

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

Use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form.

Application deadline: April 20, 2023

For questions, please contact:
Prof. Mikael Käll
Phone: +46 31-772 31 19

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Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and education in engineering sciences, architecture, technology-related mathematical sciences, natural and nautical sciences, working in close collaboration with industry and society. The strategy for scientific excellence focuses on our six Areas of Advance; Energy, Health Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Materials Science, Production and Transport. The aim is to make an active contribution to a sustainable future using the basic sciences as a foundation and innovation and entrepreneurship as the central driving forces. Chalmers has around 11,000 students and 3,000 employees. New knowledge and improved technology have characterised Chalmers since its foundation in 1829, completely in accordance with the will of William Chalmers and his motto: Avancez!

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