07/05/2021
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

Phd position in nanophotonics and molecular physics


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Université de Mons (UMONS)
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Chemistry
    Computer science
    Engineering
    Physics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/07/2021 10:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › MONS
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    15/09/2021

OFFER DESCRIPTION

THIS POSITION IS CURRENTLY OPEN AND THE OFFER WILL BE REMOVED BEFORE DEADLINE IF A CANDIDATE IS SELECTED.

Molecules can both absorb or emit light, as governed by the laws of quantum mechanics. These provide useful understanding of light-molecule interactions in terms of dipole allowed/forbidden transitions, a key concept of photochemistry. Recently, the field of photonics has seen the development of picocavities, which offer unprecedented control of light with highly confined fields and effective wavelengths that shrink down to the nanometer-scale. When a molecule is placed in the vicinity of a picocavity, new physico-chemical effects arise and activate a whole set of usually ‘forbidden’ transitions. Consequently, photochemistry can now be explored beyond the dipolar order. Moreover, hybrid light-matter states (polaritons) can emerge and redefine the whole reactivity of the molecule. This triggers the new and vivid field of polaritonic chemistry.

Nonetheless, the study of such advanced nanostructures is hampered by a lack of efficient and available theoretical methods. In this project, the PhD candidate will implement novel modeling methods to describe higher order photonic transitions in molecules, beyond the standard dipolar approach. Subsequently, the candidate will apply this framework to innovative structures, with an eye towards new chemical applications.

This research is carried out in the context of a 4-year project fully financed by a Concerted Reseach Action at the University of Mons. The task of the PhD candidate is mainly theoretical and numerical: designing, understanding and evaluating structures.

You are expected to carry out both independent and collaborative research, to disseminate research findings via publications in international peer-reviewed journals and to participate in international conferences. If interested, you can also benefit from a teaching experience at the University of Mons.

Contract:

Temporary contract at full-time (38hours/week). The PhD is financed by a Concerted Research Action (ARC) of the University of Mons. This grant has been awarded after an international reviewing process and will also finance a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mons working on the same project. Salaries are in accordance with the internal University agreement and consists of 1950€/month (Master) to 2250€/month (net amount).

Contact:

If you are interested in the project, please contact colin.vandyck@umons.ac.be along with your CV and a motivation letter.

More Information

Eligibility criteria

The candidate will hold an MSc in physics, chemistry, nanophysics, photonics, materials science, engineering physics (or similar/equivalent) in September 2021. Candidates are encouraged to apply before graduation.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Physics: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
    Chemistry: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
    Engineering: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Basic

Skills/Qualifications

  • The candidate will hold an MSc in physics, chemistry, nanophysics, photonics, materials science, engineering physics (or similar/equivalent) in September 2021. Candidates are encouraged to apply before graduation.
  • Experience in numerical methods for photonics, quantum electrodynamics (QED) and/or quantum chemistry is an asset.
  • You have a good knowledge of English.
  • You are a dynamic and enthusiastic team player.
  • You have problem solving skills and are motivated to do PhD research.

Map Information

Job Work Location Personal Assistance locations
Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Université de Mons (UMONS)
Belgium
MONS
7000
Place du Parc, 20

EURAXESS offer ID: 637580

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