Two PhD Positions in Physics Focusing on Experimental Nanophotonics

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position at Chalmers University of Technology. All students regardless of citizenship are eligible to apply. The deadline for applying is October 15, 2018.

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Rapid conceptual developments and progress in nanofabrication technologies, computational electromagnetics and optical measurement methodologies have brought optics and photonics firmly into the realm of nanoscience. Nanophotonics now encompass subfields of extremely high current interest - plasmonics, optical nanoscopy, metamaterials, to name a few. The methods and concepts developed in nanophotonics have a very broad applicability and may provide solutions to challenges as diverse as single molecule medical diagnostics, quantum optics for tomorrow's telecom networks and environmentally friendly fuels from solar energy harvesting. The Division of Bionanophotonics at Chalmers is engaged in fundamental and applied nanophotonics studies at the international research frontier. The group is truly international (currently 10 nationalities represented) and consists of MSc and PhD students, post docs and senior scientists. The group is embedded in the Department of Physics, which is one of the largest physics departments in Sweden. Researchers in the Division of Bionanophotonics do experiments, theory and computer simulations and we are heavy users of Chalmers nanofabrication facility. We now seek highly motivated candidates for two PhD projects in Physics, as outlined below.

POSITION 1: ULTRAFAST STRONG COUPLING (Main supervisor Prof. Timur Shegai)

This PhD position will deal with so-called strong light matter-interactions in hybrid nanophotonic systems. The goal is to achieve active control over optical properties by coupling so-called excitons in two-dimensional semiconductors, like WS2 or WSe2, to plasmons (free-carrier oscillations) in metal nanostructures. The PhD project will involve both nanofabrication and experimental studies of linear and nonlinear optical effects using advanced laser spectroscopy systems.

POSITION 2. ACTIVE BIONANOPHOTONICS (Main supervisor Prof. Mikael Kll)

This PhD position focuses on using nanophotonic structures for molecular sensing and actuation. The ultimate goal is to be able to detect single biological nanoobjects on a sensor chip or in solution and at the same time control the position and movement of those objects at the nanoscale by combining advanced optical spectroscopy and/or imaging with optical and/or photothermal forces. The PhD project focuses on optical experiments and simulations and the succesful applicant will work in an international team together with other scientist with complimentary expertize, such as nanofabrication and theory.

Major responsibilities

Your major responsibility as a PhD student is to pursue your own doctoral studies. This includes developing scientific concepts and communicating research results both verbally and in writing. In addition to the research project, you will also take courses on the advanced level within the graduate school of Physics. The position may also include teaching or other duties corresponding to at most 20% of working hours.

You will be employed by Chalmers as full-time temporary employee limited to a maximum of five years duration..


A suitable background is a Master of Science, or the equivalent, in physics, optics, nanoscience, physical chemistry or a related subject area. You have excellent communication skills in written and spoken English. Your have a genuine interest in planning, executing and analyzing experiments and simulations, and to connect the results to theory for solving complex problems. You are strong in working independently, and take responsibility for progress and quality of your work, but you are also a team player able to engage in collaborative work and to interact with researchers in adjacent disciplines.

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Application procedure

The application should be marked with Ref 20180495 and written in English. The application should be sent electronically and be attached as pdf-files, as below:

CV: (Please name the document: CV, Family name, Ref. number)
- CV
- Other, for example previous employments or leadership qualifications and positions of trust.
- Two references that we can contact.

Personal letter: (Please name the document as: Personal letter, Family name, Ref. number)
- 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications.

Other documents:
- Copies of bachelor and/or master's thesis.
- Attested copies and transcripts of completed education, grades and other certificates, eg. TOEFL test results.

Please use the button at the foot of the page to reach the application form. The files may be compressed (zipped).

Application deadline: 15 October, 2018

For questions, please contact:

Prof. Timur Shegai, Bionanophotonics,
Prof. Mikael Kll, Bionanophotonics,


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