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PhD Candidate in Experimental Molecular Physics

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    Radboud University
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    16/05/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Netherlands › Nijmegen


A PhD candidate in experimental molecular physics for characterising few-atom metal clusters of pure and mixed elemental composition, and their interaction with CO2 and H2, using laser spectroscopy and high-resolution mass spectrometry. You will develop novel experiments employing radiofrequency ion traps in combination with infrared free-electron laser-based spectroscopy. The results will contribute to a fundamental understanding of metal-molecule interactions relevant for the rational design of CO2 hydrogenation catalysts.

The position involves three periods of 1-2 months of mobility (secondments at our EU partners).
Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master's degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate within Catchy.

Please note that the EU Mobility Rule will be applied: PhD candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, are not taken into account.

More Information


  • Employment: 1.0 FTE.
  • The gross starting salary amounts to €2,395 per month based on a 38-hour working week, and will increase to €3,061 in the fourth year (salary scale P).
  • In addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus.
  • Duration of the contract: you will be appointed for an initial period of 18 months, after which your performance will be evaluated. If the evaluation is positive, the contract will be extended by 2.5 years.
  • The intended start date is 1 July 2021.
  • Your teaching load may be up to 10% of your appointment.
  • You will be able to use our Dual Career and Family Care Services. Our Dual Career and Family Care Officer can assist you with family-related support, help your partner or spouse prepare for the local labour market, provide customized support in their search for employment and help your family settle in Nijmegen.
  • Have a look at our excellent employment conditions. They include a good work-life balance (among other things because of the excellent leave arrangements), opportunities for development and a great pension scheme.

Selection process

Please address your application to Joost Bakker and submit it, using the application button, no later than 15 May 2021, 23:59 Amsterdam Time Zone.

Your application should include the following attachments:

  • Letter of motivation.
  • CV.

The first interviews are planned on Friday 21 May 2021.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy, please contact:
Dr. Joost Bakker, Associate professor in Condensed Matter Physics
Tel.: +31 24 365 39 52
Email: joost.bakker@ru.nl

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Offer Requirements

Specific Requirements

  • An MSc degree in Physics or Physical Chemistry.
  • A background in mass-spectrometry, laser spectroscopy and high-vacuum technology is a plus.
  • Experience with particle trajectory simulations.
  • Python (or equivalent) coding skills and basic knowledge of electronics are advantageous.
  • Enthusiasm for experimental research.
  • The ability to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • Excellent communication skills in spoken and written English are essential.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Radboud University
6525 XZ
Houtlaan 4

EURAXESS offer ID: 626900
Posting organisation offer ID: 299512


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