Postdoc: Quantum and topological nano-optomechanics
The Photonic Forces group seeks talented postdoctoral researchers in the field of nano-optomechanics. We study new ways to control photons and phonons at the nanoscale, by making them strongly interact with one another through radiation pressure forces in engineered on-chip nanophotonic systems. This has fascinating implications for the transport of light and sound in both classical and quantum domains. We aim to experimentally observe unusual forms of phonon propagation, in unidirectional states that are topologically protected. We will explore such behaviour, normally only associated with electrons, in the new regime of nanomechanics, where strong nonlinearities and thermal fluctuations provide unique opportunities to discover new phenomena. Moreover, we seek to develop new ways to create and measure quantum states of mechanical resonators using light. Here, sensitive optical measurements of motion, challenging the quantum limits of displacement detection, play an important role. We will study how these states can be turned into quantum sound waves propagating on the surface of a chip, which can be used to connect different quantum systems. The projects combine nanofabrication and advanced optical measurement techniques with a solid connection to the rich background theory of the topic. You will work in close connection to other group members, have the opportunity to guide MSc and PhD students, and be involved in all aspects of design, realization, and optical experiments.
About the group
The Photonic Forces team is part of the Center for Nanophotonics at AMOLF, and studies light-matter interactions at the nanoscale. We investigate the fundamental physics associated with such interactions, which are enhanced through optical field confinement in tailored nanophotonic systems, as well as the applications they allow. In particular, we study new ways to control both light and motion in optomechanical systems. All projects in the group involve the use and development of advanced optical measurement techniques and nanofabrication, with extensive support from the group leader and AMOLF technical staff. Within the group and the Center for Nanophotonics, we have a strong focus on stimulating development of young researchers in all professional aspects, as well as collaborations with other researchers at AMOLF and in national and international contexts. For more information, see www.optomechanics.nl.
We seek an excellent candidate with a background in physics, with relevant experience (preferably in quantum optics, quantum technology, nanophotonics or general AMO physics). You need to meet the requirements for a doctors-degree.
Terms of employment
You will be offered an employment of two years in the service of NWO-I with excellent employment benefits. The position is intended as full-time (40 hours / week, 12 months / year).
AMOLF is a small-scale institute with different disciplines and is known for its unique collaborative culture. Your development will be stimulated in the form of training on the job together with relevant courses. We offer generous relocation expenses and support with finding housing and visa application. NWO-I also offers you facilities to combine work and private life, like partly paid parental leave. Curious about our other benefits? See the employment regulations of NWO-I.
Prof.dr. Ewold Verhagen
Group leader Photonic Forces
Phone: +31 (0)20-754 7100
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