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University of Cambridge

Ultrafast dynamics of advanced emitters and semiconductor microcavities

Applications are invited for a pre-doctoral fellowship which is available from September 2009 for 36 months to investigate the ultrafast optoelectronic interactions in semiconductor microcavities and advanced light emitters. The successful candidate must hold a physics or engineering degree, and have some expertise in optical measurements and photonics research.

The UK NanoPhotonics Centre [1] of Prof. Baumberg moved to the University of Cambridge in 2008, and collaborates widely across the University including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics of Medicine, Cancer Research UK, Chemical Engineering, Materials as well as many international partners and industrial collaborators. We are also part of 2 major EU programmes on wide bandgap advanced light emitters and amplifiers, CLERMONT4 and CUBIHOLES involving active partners in 8 countries (including Rome, Madrid, and Paris), which offer the successful Fellow considerable opportunities for research visits. We work on both III-V and GaN based systems, using a wide variety of state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems.

The successful candidate will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher in accordance with the terms of an EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN. They will also study for a PhD and will therefore need to fulfil the requirements for graduate admission in October 2009.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Prof. Jeremy Baumberg (j.j.baumberg@phy.cam.ac.uk)

Formal applications including a curriculum vitae and a completed PD18 form (parts I and III available to download from [2]) with details of two referees, should be sent to Mrs Angela Campbell by email at ajc267@cam.ac.uk.

Closing date: 21st September 2009

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Ab-initio modelling of metal-insulator structures for applications in microcavities

Applications are invited for a pre-doctoral fellowship which is available from December 2009 for 36 months to investigate theoretically the optical properties of ultrathin metal-insulator structures promissing for exciton-induced superconductivity.

The University of Rome Tor Vergata has a substantial experience in the ab-initio calculations of the optical properties of nanostructures and in the physics of exciton polaritons in microcavities. This PhD project will be supervised by Dr. Olivia Pulci and Prof. Alexey Kavokin.

The successful candidate will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher in accordance with the terms of an EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN. They will also study for a PhD and will therefore need to fulfil the requirements for graduate admission in October 2009.

Informal enquires may be addressed to Dr. Olivia Pulci (Olivia.Pulci@roma2.infn.it)

Formal applications including a curriculum vitae with details of two referees, should be sent to Dr. Olivia Pulci by email.

Closing date: 1st December 2009

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne / Université Montpellier 2

Wide band-gap semiconductor microcavities for polariton lasers

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral fellowship which is available from January 2009 for 24 months to investigate wide bandgap semiconductor microcavities (GaN- and ZnO- based) for polariton lasing with prospects for room temperature optoelectronics. The successful candidate must hold a PhD degree in Physics, and have a strong expertise in optical spectroscopy of semiconductor and/or photonic nanostructures. Experience in sample elaboration or electromagnetism modeling will also be appreciated.

The post-doctoral fellowship will consist in two parts. During the first year, the candidate will work in the group of Prof. N. Grandjean at EPFL, Lausanne www.laspe.epfl.ch, where his/her work will focus on the development of hybrid AlInN/GaN/ZnO microcavities for polariton laser studies. During the second year, the candidate will join the group of T. Guillet at the University of Montpellier nqpo.ges.univ-montp2.fr. Following the recent works on ZnO quantum wells and microcavities, he/she will study the non-linear properties of ZnO microcavities realized at EPFL and CRHEA during the first year of the fellowship.

The successful candidate will be employed as an Experienced Researcher in accordance with the terms of an EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. N. Grandjean and Dr. T. Guillet.

Formal applications, including a curriculum vitae and details of two referees, should be sent to Nicolas Grandjean and Thierry Guillet by email at nicolas.grandjean@epfl.ch and thierry.guillet@univ-montp2.fr.

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (SPAIN)

Superfluidity of exciton-polaritons and spatio-temporal dynamics of exciton-polariton condensates

Applications are invited for a pre-doctoral fellowship which is available from January 2010 for 36 months (starting date negotiable) to perform either experimental or theoretical research on superfluidity of exciton-polaritons and spatio-temporal dynamics of exciton-polariton condensates. The candidate must hold a physics or engineering degree and should NOT be resident in Spain.

The group of Semiconductors of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (SEMICUAM; http://www.uam.es/semicuam) has two pre-doctoral positions open in the framework of a European ITN project “Exciton-Polaritons: Physics and Applications (Clermont4)” (http://www.optolab.uniroma2.it/clermont4). The research will be devoted to superfluidity of exciton-polaritons and spatio-temporal dynamics of exciton-polariton condensates.

The candidates will be employed as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) in accordance with the terms of an EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN. The ESRs will benefit from a large salary, mobility allowance, family-friendly environment, international collaborations, secondments, and conferences organized by the ITN network. The research work will be either experimental or theoretical, depending on the profile of the candidate, who must probe experience in quantum optics and/or spectroscopy research, especially related to semiconductor nanostructures.

Applications including a curriculum vitae should be sent to Prof. Luis Viña by email at clermont4@uam.es


Full contact details:

Prof. Luis Viña

Semicuam. Dept. Física de Materiales. C4-507

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

C/ F. Tomás y Valiente 7

E-28049 Madrid (SPAIN)

Phone: +34-914974782

Fax: +34-914978579

e-mail: luis.vina@uam.es

http://www.uam.es/ultrafast


Closing date: February 1st 2010


University of Montpellier (FRANCE)

Time- and polarization-resolved optical spectroscopy of polaritons

A PhD position (3 years) is opened in Group d’Etudes des Semiconducteurs [3] in Montpellier, under supervision of Denis Scalbert. The position starts on Mars 2010. It is fully funded by European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network “Clermont 4”. The objectives of the network are centred on exciton-polaritons, half-light-half matter quasiparticles in semiconductor microcavities. The very specific properties of polaritons give rise to many beautiful physical effects, such as Bose-Einstein condensation, superfluidity, entanglement. We are looking for a motivated candidate to work on the time- and polarization-resolved optical spectroscopy of polaritons. The candidate must hold a physics or engineering degree and should NOT be resident in France. The successful candidate will participate in international conferences and schools organized by the Network, as well as in project meetings. The application should include CV and a motivation letter. Contact information:

Denis Scalbert: scalbert@ges.univ-montp2.fr

Masha Vladimirova: vladimirova@ges.univ-montp2.fr

Tel: +33467143921

Closing date: 15 Mars 2010

Durham University

Theory of photonic microstructures to provide spatial control of exciton-polaritons

Applications are invited for a three-year Early Stage Researcher position at Durham University as part of the Clermont 4 project.

An Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position is a Marie Curie Fellowship for postgraduate research and provides the opportunity to study for a doctorate (PhD). Sixteen ESR positions are available across the Clermont 4 network with one based in Durham.

The position in Durham will involve theoretical calculations and modelling of photonic microstructures, with a particular interest in developing practical ways of providing spatial control of exciton-polaritons in planar microcavities. Specifically the ESR will be involved in solving Maxwell’s equations in optical microcavities and associated photonic structures with the inclusion of strong excitonic effects. In addition to working in Durham, the postholder will be seconded for six months to Rome to model hybrid metal/semiconductor structures and will also spend a short period at the company Horiba in France to study bio-optoelectronics.

To be eligible for the Durham position, candidates should, at the time of selection, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and a national of any country other than the UK. For further information on Marie Curie initial training networks, see http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions

Further details of the post (reference number 3404) and an application form are available on the Durham University website at https://jobs.dur.ac.uk

Contact for informal enquiries: Professor R A Abram, Tel: +44 191 334 3525, email: r.a.abram@durham.ac.uk

Closing date: 16 September 2009

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