Department of Physics at Chalmers – home of the Graphene Flagship
Stimulated by major needs and challenges in science and a sustainable society, the ambition of the department of Physics is to foster a creative environment for academic research, learning and outreach. We provide a competitive advantage by linking our top-level international and interdisciplinary academic performance in the areas of material science, nanotechnology and energy research with world-leading industrial R&D&I projects.
We address a wide array of experimental, computational, methodological and theoretical challenges, from fundamental physics research, through the development of new materials such as graphene to direct industrial projects generating new inventions. We have a strong learning commitment on all levels from undergraduate to PhD studies where physics meet engineering. We are situated in a stimulating and creative environment with newly renovated facilities. The department is the major part of Gothenburg Physics Centre – a collaboration between five departments at Chalmers and Gothenburg University.
Information about the project
The position is supervised by Prof. Mikael Käll and is placed at the Department of Physics, Chalmers. The Käll group has been engaged in advanced nanophotonics, biophotonics and plasmonics research since more than 15 years and is well known for their contributions to fields like nanoplasmonic sensing, surface-enhanced Raman scattering, nanooptical antennas and optical manipulation of metal nanoparticles.
Chalmers University of Technology is a leading research institution in nanoscience in Sweden and hosts one of northern Europe’s largest and most well-equipped clean rooms dedicated to nanofabrication. The Käll group have access to state-of-the-art optical spectroscopy/microscopy/tweezers set ups, a wide range of simulations tools and a broad academic network in the field of nanooptics.
This position focuses on using nanophotonic structures (e.g. plasmonic nanoparticles or high-index dielectric metasurfaces) for biosensing and actuation. The ultimate goal is to be able to detect single biological objects (e.g. biomacromolecules or cells) on a sensor chip and at the same time control the position and movement of those objects by combining advanced optical spectroscopy/microscopy with optical forces (e.g. laser tweezers) and/or photothermal forces (e.g. thermophoresis). The position focuses on optical experiments, but it may also involve nanofabrication, basic theory, and simulations. The succesful applicant will work in an international team together with other scientist with broad expertize in nanooptics, bioanalysis, nanofabrication and theory.
Post-doctoral scholarship. The duration of the position is maximum 2 years, with a checkpoint after 1 year. Starting date as soon as possible.
The applicant should have a PhD degree in physics, chemistry, optics, nanoscience, or a related subject area, that is less than two years old, counting from the starting date of the position.
The applicant should be fluent in English and have solid experience in optical analysis (e.g. fluorescence micoscopy, Raman spectroscopy) and advanced optical experiments in general.
Previous experience in optics simulations (e.g. based on Lumerical or COMSOL); nanofabrication (e.g. colloid synthesis or e-beam lithography); bioanalysis; electron microscopy; surface functionalization; plasmonics and/or nanooptics would be meritorious.
Chalmers offers Swedish courses.