the Hybrid Atom-ion Quantum Systems Lab (HYQS), headed by Dr. Rene Gerritsma, are searching for a new PhD candidate to join our Li-Yb+ team

Do you have affinity with physics experiments and are you ahighly-motivated to obtain your PhD, will contributing to a state-of-the art laboratory working with both ions and atom? Then we are looking for you.

We, the Hybrid Atom-ion Quantum Systems Lab (HYQS), headed by Dr. Rene Gerritsma, are searching for a new PhD candidate to join our Li-Yb+ team. The group is part of the Quantum Gases and Quantum Information (QGQI) cluster at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). We study trapped ions immersed in ultracold atoms and are especially focusing on quantum effects. These systems are both interesting from the quantum chemistry aspect as well as for emerging quantum applications, such as quantum computing and simulation. 

What are you going to do?

You will:

  • work in an optical laboratory and advance the experimental setup that studies interactions between a trapped ion impurity and an ultracold gas of atoms. The work will involve setting up optics, lasers and electronics as well as, programming, scientific reporting and data measuring and analysis;
  • prepare a single trapped Yb++ ion as impurity, immersed in a bath of ultracold Li atoms and study the quantum dynamics of the ion in the bath, as well as the chemical reactions that can occur in it. The interactions and statistics of the bath can be controlled via external fields. An impurity interacting with a quantum bath is a nontrivial many-body model system with broad relevance to condensed matter. These systems could shed light on the fuzzy boundary between classical and quantum physics and may prove to be of fundamental importance when considering the practical applicability of quantum technology such as quantum computers;
  • work in a team with another PhD student, a post doc and several Master students. Theory support will be supplied by the group of Dr. Arghavan Safavi-Naini of the Quantum Software Research Center (QSRC).  

Relevant references:

What do we require?

  • A MSc. in (theoretical or experimental) physics or physical chemistry.
  • Affinity with experimental laboratory work and atomic physics.

Other skills/experiences/documents that would benefit your application are:

  • previous laboratory experience working with optics/lasers/electronics;
  • excellent communication skills (English);
  • scientific publications.

To foster diversity in our research group, we will especially appreciate applications from female candidates. 

Our offer

A temporary contract for 38 hours per week for the duration of four years (the initial contract will be for a period of 18 months and after satisfactory evaluation it will be extended for a total duration of four years). This should lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis). We will draft an educational plan that includes attendance of courses and (international) meetings. We also expect you to assist in teaching undergraduates and Master students. 

The salary, depending on relevant experience before the beginning of the employment contract, will be €2,443 to €3,122 (scale P) gross per month, based on a fulltime contract (38 hours a week). This is exclusive 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. A favourable tax agreement, the ‘30% ruling’, may apply to non-Dutch applicants. The Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities is applicable.

Are you curious about our extensive package of secondary employment benefits like our excellent opportunities for study and development? Take a look here.


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About us 

The Faculty of Science has a student body of around 7,000, as well as 1,600 members of staff working in education, research, or support services. Researchers and students at the Faculty of Science are fascinated by every aspect of how the world works, be it elementary particles, the birth of the universe or the functioning of the brain.

The Institute of Physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam is located in the center of the Amsterdam Science Park. The IoP – as part of the Faculty of Science –is housed in a modern building with excellent labs and technical facilities. Surrounded by several national research institutes and with our partners at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, the institute is part of a strong physics center of international standing.

The Van der Waals – Zeeman Institute for Experimental Physics (IoP-WZI) is part of the IoP and home to three research clusters: Quantum Gases & Quantum Information (QG&QI), Quantum Materials (QMat), and Soft Matter (SM).

Job application 

Do you recognize yourself in the job profile? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 April 2022.

Applications in one .pdf (please upload in the field marked CV) should include:

  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a motivation letter that explains why you will be a good match to our group and research;
  • your transcript of grades;
  • title and summary of your Master thesis and a pdf copy or a link to it in case it is already completed.

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.

The UvA is an equal-opportunity employer. We prioritize diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. We value a spirit of enquiry and perseverance, provide the space to keep asking questions, and promote a culture of curiosity and creativity.

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