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Empa is the research institute for materials science and technology of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge research for the benefit of industry and the well-being of society.
The nanotech@surfaces Laboratory is offering a
PhD Position in Ultrafast Scanning Probe Microscopy of Atomic Quantum Emitters in 2D Materials
We are looking for
a highly motivated candidate with a strong experimental background in solid state physics, surface science, optics, or quantum nanoscience who wants to pursue cutting-edge research at a world-class level. In this project, you will study atomic quantum emitters in 2D materials with a new type of scanning probe microscope (SPM) that allows for simultaneous atomic spatial and sub-picosecond time resolution – a new research frontier in quantum nanoscience.
You will study charge dynamics and local exciton generation at single atomic defects and dopants in 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) using a THz-pulse driven scanning tunneling microscope. Using this setup, it will be possible to measure the dynamics of electronic, spin and optical excitations at unparalleled resolution in space and time.
The successful candidate will be integrated in the PhD program of the Physics Department at ETH Zurich.
include a master's degree in physics, materials science, electrical engineering or equivalent with a strong background in solid-state physics or nanoscience. Prior experience with scanning probe microscopy, ultra-high vacuum, THz optics, 2D materials, or programming in Python/LabVIEW are advantageous but not strictly required. We are looking for a highly motivated team player who is curious to learn new things, and has excellent English communication skills.
Join our world-class team to explore atomic-scale quantum systems with a global network of collaborators where you can build a competitive research portfolio. Located in the Zurich area, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technologies (Empa) offers outstanding infrastructure, a broad interdisciplinary environment and competitive salaries. Empa is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
The position is available starting Fall 2022 or upon agreement, with a planned duration of three to four years.