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2 open PhD positions at the Prins Lab

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid


What we offer.

The Prins lab is offering two fully funded 4-year PhD-positions at the Condensed Matter Physics Center of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The positions are offered in the scope of the ERC-CoG EnVision project, focused on enabling controlled energy transport in semiconductors using a range of state-of-the-art time resolved microscopy techniques.


The first open position will focus on the development of hyperspectral super-resolution imaging of carrier transport in semiconductor nanomaterials. Several years ago, we pioneered the direct imaging of energy carriers with few-nanometer and sub-nanosecond resolution. In this project, we will take the crucial step of simultaneously imaging the local energy landscape that determines the dynamics of the carriers.


The second open position is in collaboration with Dr. Carlos Antón-Solanas and will focus on the ultrafast transport of polaritonic states, conforming a quantum fluid of light as a result of the strong light-matter coupling. Polaritons offer unique opportunities for encoding in multiple degrees of freedom (such as energy and polarization), and on-demand control of light propagation harnessing non-linear polariton interactions.


Positions will be for 4 years under Spanish labor law with extensive social benefits such as free universal healthcare. Gross salary is fixed at 2020 EUR per month with 12 annual payments. Contracts include 5 weeks of holidays per year. Earliest starting date of the contract would be April 1st 2024, but later dates can be negotiated.


What we are looking for.

To strengthen our efforts into the exploration of energy transport phenomena in nanomaterials, we are looking for highly motivated experimentalists with a background in Physics, Chemistry, Nanoscience, or related Engineering fields. We value creativity and ambition, encourage collaboration, and appreciate attention for detail. Some experience with microscopy, spectroscopy, or inorganic chemistry is beneficial but not required.


As a young team, we offer a dynamic and multidisciplinary work environment at the forefront of nanoscience. Research tasks include material synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and modelling. Aside from broad training in state-of-the-art spectroscopic measurements, careful attention will be given to strengthen management and communication skills. You will work in an international environment, interacting intensively with our various collaborators and presenting your work at specialized conferences.


Applications to be sent to ferry.prins[at] and should include a recent cv and motivation letter explaining your interest for the job (not just your background, but motivating how your background and interests make you the right fit for the project).


Aside from specific openings, we are always looking for enthusiastic and talented researchers to join our team!