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EOI Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions: 2D terahertz photonics

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The mission of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) is to achieve the highest level of scientific and technological excellence in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Its research lines focus on the newly-discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the behavior of matter at the nanoscale. ICN2 has been awarded with the Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence distinction for two consecutive periods (2014-2018 and 2018-2022). ICN2 comprises 19 research groups, 7 technical development and support units and facilities, and 2 research platforms, covering different areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

This is a call for expressions of interest from excellent postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship with ICN2 as host institution. Specifically, we are inviting expressions of interest for the following research group and project.

DESCRIPTION OF HOST RESEARCH GROUP

Host group: Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems

Group Leader and fellowship supervisor: Dr. Klaas-Jan Tielrooij

The "Ultrafast Dynamics in Nanoscale Systems" group at ICN2 studies ultrafast phenomena in materials with small dimensions. We use home-built, state-of-the art optical and optoelectronic setups with high temporal and spatial resolution and broad wavelength tunability. Our aim is to gain an increased understanding of the ultrafast microscopic processes related to heat and charge, and exploit this towards photonic and optoelectronic applications.

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH PROJECT / TOPIC

Research area: Physics (PHYS)

Project topic: 2D terahertz photonics

In this project, you will work on combined applied-fundamental research related to the detection and conversion of terahertz light using 2D materials, in particular graphene. Your proposal will build on our recent results and expertise in this field [1,2,3].

[1] Fast and sensitive terahertz detection using an antenna-integrated graphene pn-junction, S. Castilla et al. Nano Lett. 19, 2765 (2019)

[2] Grating-graphene metamaterial as a platform for terahertz nonlinear photonics, J.C. Deinert et al. ACS Nano 15, 1145 (2021)

[3] Hot carriers in graphene - fundamentals and applications, M. Massicotte et al. Nanoscale 13, 8376 (2021)

Applicants should demonstrate a high level of independence and relevant expertise in (terahertz) photonics, nanofabrication, 2D materials, and electronics. Beyond-academia experience and interests are highly appreciated.

CONTACT

Candidates may contact Dr. Klaas-Jan Tielrooij at klaas.tielrooij@icn2.cat if interested in this opportunity.

Please send the following documents / information:

  • CV (max. 4 pages)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two referees

Please note that this is not a job offer. The process involves developing a joint application between candidate and host institution. Note also the following basic eligibility requirements established for these fellowships by the European Commission:

  • Candidates must be in possession of their PhD at call deadline
  • Candidates should have no more than 8 years' research experience after their PhD
  • Candidates must comply with the mobility rule, i.e. they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

For full details on eligibility, please see Annex 2 of Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022 when published. Temporary resource: Annex 2 draft.