Two PhD-positions in Nanooptics
With focus on biological applications and fundamental studies, respectively
Direct recruitment applied. Application deadline May 31 2007. Reference number 2007/58
The last decade has witnessed a dramatic development in the area of optical microscopy and spectroscopy. Using metallic nanostructures, it is now possible to control the propagation and interaction of light at the nanoscale using so-called surface plasmon resonances. The structures can be used as nanoscopic biological tags or sensors in advanced bioimaging, medical diagnostics and biosensor development. It is also possible to use the structures to design novel materials, so-called metamaterials, with unique optical properties.
The Division of Bionanophotonics at the Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, now seeks two doctoral students in nanooptics. We seek creative and independent candidates with very high analytical capacity, excellent language skills and a particular interest for cross-disciplinary research.
One of the PhD positions focuses on development of biosensors and cellular markers based on gold and silver nanoparticles. Of particular interest is the possibility to design the particles resonance wavelength through nanolithography and the possibility to specify their interaction with biological structures using surface functionalization. A suitable background is Master of Science in biotechnology, chemistry, or related areas.
The other PhD position focuses on fundamental experimental studies and electrodynamics simulations of nanoptical phenomena. Of particlular interest is the possibility to control the distance between particles at the nanoscale using optical forces and the possibility to design metamaterials that exhibit negative refraction. A suitable background is Master of Science in engineering physics, physics or related areas. Both projects are conducted in a network that involves several international research groups. The PhD-positions are financed through the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), the Swedish Research Council (VR), Chalmers Biocenter and EU’s framework programs.
For more information about the research conducted in the group please visit the group’s website or contact Prof. Mikael KÃ¤ll, firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal with a PhD-position is to develop general research proficiency and a high competence within your specific research area. As a PhD-student, you will conduct research, often together with other researchers and PhD-students, you will follow PhD courses and you will be involved in teaching activities. You will also participate in international conferences and networks. You are expected to write a licenciate thesis within 2-3 years and defend your doctoral thesis within 4-5 years. International applicants may also be eligible for a 4-year PhD-student scholarship, in which case there are no teaching duties.
The application should include: your CV, exams with grades from high-school and university, your Master thesis, contact information for at least two reference persons, and a brief motivation of why you are the most suitable applicant.
In order to improve the gender balance at the Department, we welcome in particular applications from female candidates. Direct recruitment will be applied. Send in your application as soon as possible. Closing date for application is May 31, 2007. Mark the application with reference number 2007/58. The application should be sent in the following formats .pdf or .doc to: email@example.com
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