Post-Doc – Transmission Electron Microscopy – Q-Sort project
Post-doc position for two years, based half in Eindhoven and half in Jülich, PhD in Physics or Engineering required.
As post-doc you will participate in the Europe-funded FET Open project Q-Sort (‘Quantum sorter’) www.qsort.eu. This project started in October 2017 and will run for 3.5 years. The project aims at extending the analytical techniques of the TEM with methods based on the recently-acquired capability to structure the phase of electron beams. This allows to manipulate or measure specific quantum properties such as orbital angular momentum. Phase structuring can be done with new optical elements such as diffractive gratings or grated electrostatic fields. One of the targets of the project is to develop instrumentation and techniques capable of identifying proteins based on their quantum properties.
Your main contribution will be on the practical implementation of these innovative electron optical elements and configurations. The first tests and experiments will be done at the Ernst Ruska-Centre for Electron Microscopy in Jülich (Germany) which is one of the participants of the Q-Sort project. You will help with the mounting of these elements in the column, with setting up the proper optics for testing and operating these elements, with interpreting their results, and with obtaining the first application results using these elements. Foreseen experiments are the measurement of orbital angular momentum in nanofabricated chiral structures or in plasmonic transitions, and the measurement of the electron magnetic dichroism in ferro- and antiferromagnetic materials.
This post-doc position is for two years. You will be based in the Advanced Technology group in our R&D department in Eindhoven. In your first half year, you will work mostly in Eindhoven to get acquainted with the theory and practice of the optics of our microscopes. After that initial period, you will be frequently in Jülich (up to 50% of your time) to participate the experimental work. The position can be regarded as halfway between Academia and Industry; it is a perfect position for the young scientist who has not yet decided or does not yet want to decide on pursuing a career in Academia or in Industry.
- Ensure that the integration of the Q-Sort elements in the Titan column goes well, mechanically and optically and functionally. Help debugging electron optical issues, especially column-related issues.
- Use initial results to come to proposals to optimize (column) optics and implement these.
- Participate in the first application experiments with the Q-sort elements.
- Requires a university degree and a PhD or other advanced degree in Physics or Engineering.
- Good background in experimental physics is preferred.
- Good background in mathematics is preferred.
- Background in electron optics is preferred.
- Hands-on experience in operating the (S)TEM is preferred.