The Laboratory for Air Pollution / Environmental Technology has an opening for a
The project is aimed at the development of a high-precision, mid-IR dual-comb spectrometer based on quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) for the detection of trace gases and their isotopes. QCL frequency combs are monolithic, chip-based semiconductor sources offering unique speed, power and resolution for broadband mid-IR spectroscopy. The work involves intensive collaboration with ETHZ (Prof. J. Faist), University of Neuchâtel (Prof. T. Südmeyer) and the company IRsweep.
Job description, responsibilities and tasks
Develop a heterodyne spectrometer for the detection of trace gases and their isotopes
Design the optical layout and detection scheme
Implement suitable lock-in algorithms
Coordinate research with ETHZ (QCL development), Univ. Neuchâtel (frequency stabilization), and IRsweep (electronics and implementation).
Lead and contribute to writing of peer-reviewed publications and promote the results at international conferences
PhD in physics or related discipline
Solid background in optics, laser spectroscopy, and lock-in electronics
Experience in experimental research, ability to conduct independent scientific work
Expertise in heterodyne detection and lock-in technique
Fluency in English is required; basic oral expression skills in German are desirable
The position is available from April 2018 and will remain open until filled. Applications received before 4 March 2018 receive full consideration.