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University of Twente. PhD Research Positions: Thin-film Physics of XUV Optics


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Are you interested in conducting advanced thin film physics research on a most exciting application?

The University of Twente is looking for motivated and skilled PhD and post-doctoral researchers to work on the physics of XUV optics. These optics basically consist of optical stacks of films of nanoscale thickness and come in reflective and transmissive types. The physics and chemistry of these thin film systems need to be controlled with atomic precision.

The aim of their research group is to develop the physics solutions for these tasks, such that new applications can be realized. These range from multi-layered optics engineered to show near-theoretical XUV reflectivity, to highly transparent, few tens of nanometer thin membranes which are robust enough to withstand high XUV power levels. These processes require new types of diagnostics with adequate resolution to film thickness and high sensitivity to chemical state.

The XUV Optics Group at Twente has started a new multidisciplinary research programme on these topics. They develop forefront fundamental research, relevant to high tech applications ( The research will take place in a state-of-the-art thin film laboratory within the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, in collaboration with various industrial partners.

Which pre-requisites should you have to qualify?

• You have a Masters degree in solid state or surface physics, materials science, optics, or a related field.

• You have experience with data analysis in Matlab or Python, and are willing to improve your skills in depth.

• You enjoy experimental physics and have affinity with the realization of physical or chemical depositions of nanoscale thin films and their structural analysis.

• You are an excellent team player in an enthusiastic group of scientists and engineers working on a common theme.

• You are creative, like to push boundaries, and are highly motivated to address a major science challenge in thin film physics.

• You are fluent in English and able to collaborate intensively with industrial and academic parties in regular meetings and work visits.

UTwente offer

You will be appointed on a full-time position for four years. The university offers a dynamic ecosystem with enthusiastic colleagues in a stimulating scientific environment. The PhD salary is €2.325 in the first year and increases to €2.972 in the fourth year. The offer further involves: a holiday allowance of 8% of the gross annual salary and a year-end bonus of 8.3%, a solid pension scheme, a minimum of 29 holidays, and numerous professional and personal development programmes.

Information and Application

Your reaction should include an application/motivation letter, emphasizing your specific interest and motivation, a detailed CV, a publication list, contact details of referees, and an academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education. An interview and a scientific presentation will be part of the selection procedure. For more information about the position, you are encouraged to contact Dr. Andrey Zameshin at and Dr. Andrey Yakshin at

Please also see the attached document for the detailed information about the PhD position and its tasks.

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