Postdoctoral position in experimental condensed matter physics

Faculty of Science – Institute of Physics

8 september 2017
€3,111 to €4,084 gross per month
31 oktober 2017
38 hours per week

The optical spectroscopy lab at the van der Waals - Zeeman institute for experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam offers a postdoctoral fellowship for the duration of 2 years in close collaboration with the newly established QuSoft research center for quantum software.

The optical spectroscopy lab, led by Dr. Erik van Heumen, resides at the van der Waals - Zeeman institute for experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam. The lab is part of the Quantum Matter Amsterdam (QMA) research cluster. The current research of the QMA cluster focusses on oxide materials and interfaces, topological insulators and high temperature or topological superconductors. The QMA cluster has access to a wide range of characterization, transport and spectroscopic tools and includes a crystal growth facility.

Project Description

Strongly correlated electron materials and their many exotic properties have captivated the condensed matter community for the past 30 years. Advances in our understanding of these materials have been made in some cases, but a general framework for their study remains elusive. In recent years, the theoretical community has pushed the development of several new techniques to tackle the problem of many interacting degrees of freedom that characterizes these systems. One of these approaches is the so-called AdS/CFT duality [1] which makes use of the machinery of string theory to solve problems in condensed matter physics, while a second approach uses concepts borrowed from quantum information theory [2].

These theoretical techniques have now reached a level of maturity where they can be held to an experimental test. The QMA cluster is working at the forefront of this endeavour and is in search of experienced young researchers eager to take part.

The successful applicant will become a member of the QuSoft research community and is expected to become the driving force behind a new research effort that will explore the application of concepts from quantum information theory to the experimental investigation of highly entangled states in strongly correlated electron systems. He/she is expected to benefit from close collaborations with researchers from a variety of disciplines (computational physics, mathematics and information science) to aid in this effort.

[1] Holographic Duality in Condensed Matter, J. Zaanen, Yan Liu, Ya-Wen Sun, K. Schalm Cambridge University Press (2015)

[2] Quantum Information Meets Quantum Matter, B. Zeng, X. Chen, D.-L. Zhou, X.-G Wen, arXiv:1508.02595 (2015).


Candidates should have a strong background in (experimental) strongly correlated electron physics. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in optical spectroscopy or experience with closely related spectroscopic techniques such as ARPES or STM.

Further Information

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The appointment will be for the duration of two years. The monthly gross salary will range between €3,111 and € 4,084 (scale 10 according to the Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities) based on a full-time appointment. We offer a pension scheme, a holiday allowance of 8% per year, an end-of-year bonus of 8.3% and flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. Favourable tax agreements may apply to non-Dutch applicants.

Job application

Please apply using the link below.

Applications must include:

  • a curriculum vitae.
  • a motivation letter that explains why you have chosen to apply for this specific position with a statement of your research experience and interests and how these relate to this project.
  • a list of publications (or link to Google Scholar profile).
  • Title and summary of your PhD thesis.
  • (URLs pointing to) your top two publications.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified. (Formal closing date: 31 October 2017).

No agencies please


Gepubliceerd door  Universiteit van Amsterdam