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2 PhD Positions For VIDI Project In The Group Of ICE/QTM At The University Of Twente (Netherlands)

2 PhD positions for VIDI project in the group of ICE/QTM at the university of Twente (Netherlands)

There are 2 PhD vacancies in the group of ICE/QTM at the university of Twente. They are financed by The Dutch Research Council (NWO) for the VIDI project SuperHOTS (Dr. Chuan Li).

Topological material is considered as one of the promising platforms for building Majorana-based quantum computing. The SuperHOTS project will focus on the electronic quantum transport in topological devices, with the goals to reveal the correlated Majorana bound states and gate-tunable e-e interactions in higher-order topological materials, and eventually to demonstrate Majorana braiding operation.

We have access to advanced nanofabrication technology center MESA+ and a well-equipped laboratory for low-temperature experiments. We offer a very collaborative atmosphere and you will benefit from our broad knowledge and experience.

PhD1: We are looking for a motivated PhD candidate to experimentally study the Josephson effect in topological material-based devices. The candidate should have a background in condensed matter physics. While a background in mesoscopic physics or superconductivity would be preferable. In this PhD project, the candidate will learn how to fabricate the (superconducting) nanodevices using electron beam lithography, measure the electronic transport properties of the devices in ultra-low temperature (millikelvin) range in both low and high frequency regimes.

PhD2: The second part of the project is focusing on the high quality material growth and magneto-transport. The candidate will learn thin-film growth techniques (e.g. molecular beam epitaxy) with ultra-high vacuum equipment, in order to growth high quality higher order topological materials with controllable parameters. The thin-film materials can be first characterized by different kinds of optical equipment: XRD, XPS, EDX, etc. Then the candidate will perform low-temperature transport measurement to characterize the electronic properties of the materials.

This vidi project establishes multiple international collaborations. Academic visits to abroad (e.g. France, Finland) will also be planned.

Your profile:
• You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher/PhD candidate;
• You have a MSc degree with excellent grades in condensed matter physics, preferable with a specialization in mesoscopic physics or superconductivity;
• You have good experimental skills;
• You are a fast thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills;
• You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment;
• You are fluent in English.

This vidi project establishes multiple international collaborations. Academic visits to abroad (e.g. France, Finland) will also be planned.
Your profile:
• You are highly motivated and an enthusiastic researcher/PhD candidate;
• You have a MSc degree with excellent grades in condensed matter physics, preferable with a specialization in mesoscopic physics or superconductivity;
• You have good experimental skills;
• You are a fast thinker with excellent analytical and communication skills;
• You have good team spirit and like to work in an internationally oriented environment;
• You are fluent in English.


Information and application
Questions regarding these positions can be directed to Dr. C. Li (chuan.li@utwente.nl) or Prof. A. Brinkman (a.brinkman@utwente.nl).

• a motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation to apply for a PhD position in our group
• a CV (resume);
• contact details of 2 referees

Our offer
We offer a position as PhD, and salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement (CAO) of the Dutch Universities. You will have a fulltime employment contract for four years and can participate in all employee benefits the UT offers.

  • The gross monthly salary starts with € 2.443,- in the first year and increases to € 3.122,- in the fourth year of your employment;
    The offer further involves:
  • a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3% (in total, it is about a salary of 14 months)
  • a solid pension scheme;
  • a minimum of 29 holidays;
  • numerous professional and personal development programs.
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