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PhD Candidates Controllable Graphene Nanogaps for Single-molecule Recognition

Leiden University has an opening PhD position in environmental sciences. The funds for this position are available for three years. There is no application deadline for this position.

Two PhD positions are available with specializations in analytical physical chemistry, organic chemistry, graphene, nanofabrication, or experimental (nano)physics in the research teams of Professor Jan van Ruitenbeek and Dr. Gregory Schneider.

The purpose of this project is to design graphene-based tunneling junctions through processes allowing the control and the fine characterization of the edge chemistry of the graphene electrodes. The research should lead to the implementation of the devices for biopolymer detection and sequencing (DNA, proteins, polysaccharides). The project will benefit from highly multidisciplinary collaborations, with close links to experts in many different relevant areas, including organic synthesis, ion/mass transport through 2D membranes, nanofabrication, material growth, surface chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, quantum chemistry, quantum physics, electrical engineering, surface analysis, probe microscopies, but also industries and medical centers. The Faculty of Science is a world-class faculty where staff and students work together in a dynamic international environment. It is a faculty where personal and academic development are top priorities. Our people are committed to expand fundamental knowledge by curiosity and to look beyond the borders of their own discipline; their aim is to benefit science, and to make a contribution to addressing the major societal challenges of the future.

The research carried out at the Faculty of Science is very diverse, ranging from mathematics, information science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and bio-pharmaceutical sciences to biology and environmental sciences. The research activities are organized in eight institutes. These institutes offer eight bachelor's and twelve master's programs. The faculty has grown strongly in recent years and now has more than 1,300 staff and almost 4,000 students. We are located at the heart of Leiden's Bio Science Park, one of Europe's biggest science parks, where university and business life come together.

The chemistry and life science research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC) is organized around two major research areas: 'Chemical Biology' and 'Energy & Sustainability'. The institute's research themes illustrate the central position of chemistry between biology, medicine and physics. The various research topics carried out within these themes are ideal for executing interdisciplinary research.

The Leiden Institute of Physics (LION) covers a broad spectrum of physics research and education. Ranging from cosmology and particle physics to the mechanics of DNA, from the physics of granular materials to superconductivity in complex electron systems, from econophysics to experiments probing the boundaries of quantum mechanics. Nearly all topics are covered by joined efforts in theory and experiment.

We offer a position for initially one year. After a positive evaluation of the progress of the thesis, personal capabilities and compatibility the appointment will be extended by a further three years. Salary rangefrom 2,266 to 2,897 gross per month (pay scale P in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities).

Leiden University offers an attractive benefits package with additional holiday (8%) and end-of-year bonuses (8.3 %), training and career development and sabbatical leave. Our individual choices model gives you some freedom to assemble your own set of terms and conditions. For international spouses we have set up a dual career programme. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

All our PhD students are embedded in the Leiden University Graduate School of Science.Our graduate school offers several PhD training courses at three levels: professional courses, skills training and personal effectiveness. In addition, advanced courses to deepen scientific knowledge are offered by the research school.

Leiden University is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Enquiries can be made to Dr. Grgory Schneider, email g.f.schneider@chem.leidenuniv.nl or Professor Jan van Ruitenbeek, email ruitenbeek@physics.leidenuniv.nl.

If you have any questions about the procedure, please contact secretary Mrs. Michelle van der Haar, email m.haar@chem.leidenuniv.nl. To apply for one of these vacancies, please send an email no later than 1 November 2018 to secretary Mrs. Michelle van der Haar.

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