Netherlands: PhD position in Ultrafast spectroscopy on quantum interference effects in charge transfer at Delft University of Technology

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Job description

We seek a talented and ambitious PhD student for a challenging multidisciplinary research project on specific quantum mechanical effects in charge transfer studied by ultrafast spectroscopy and theory. The project aims at the study of charge transfer in donor-bridge-acceptor systems using time-resolved spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. The use of single molecules as functional electronic components represents the ultimate size limit for electronics. Therefore, the study of charge transport on the single molecule level is of large fundamental en practical interest. On this small scale, quantum mechanical effects such as quantum interference will play an important role and should be considered explicitly.

The project is part of a FOM program on the effects of quantum interference effects in single molecules. In this program, five groups from Delft and Leiden from a variety of disciplines (organic synthesis, single molecule conductance, time resolved spectroscopy and theory) collaborate to gain fundamental knowledge on quantum effects in single molecules. For these studies a variety of π-conjugated molecules is needed that will be designed specifically for studying these effects. The project described here will be performed in the Optoelectronic Materials section in the group of Dr. Ferdinand Grozema at the Department of Chemical Engineering of TU Delft.


The successful candidate should hold a MSc degree in physical chemistry or physics and a strong motivation to work in an interdisciplinary team of chemists and physicists. A background in time-resolved spectroscopy and/or computational chemistry is a strong advantage but not an absolute necessity. Very good spoken and written English is mandatory.

Conditions of employment

When fulfilling a PhD position at the FOM foundation, you will get the status of junior scientist.
You will have an employee status and can participate in all the employee benefits FOM offers. You will get a contract for four years. Your salary will be up to a maximum of 2,636 euro gross per month.The salary is supplemented with a holiday allowance of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,33%.
You are supposed to have a thesis finished at the end of your four year term with FOM.
A training programme is part of the agreement. You and your supervisor will make up a plan for the additional education and supervising that you specifically need. This plan also defines which teaching activities you will be responsible (up to a maximum of 10% of your time). The conditions of employment of the FOM-foundation are laid down in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-Onderzoekinstellingen), more exclusive information is available at this website under Personeelsinformatie (in Dutch) or under Personnel (in English).
General information about working at FOM can be found in the English part of this website under Personnel. The ‘FOM job interview code’ applies to this position.

Contract type: Temporary, four years


TU Delft

The project described here will be performed in the Optoelectronic Materials section in the group of Dr. Ferdinand Grozema at the Department of Chemical Engineering of TU Delft.
Mission of the department of Chemical Engineering is to generate knowledge and educate people in the area of nano chemical engineering to improve the quality of life for a sustainable society, focusing on energy, water, health and environment.

Additional information

For information or applications please contact Dr. F.C. Grozema.

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