PhD Student

Last application date
Jul 11, 2021 00:00
Department
TW17 - Department of Applied Physics
Contract
Limited duration
Degree
We are looking for candidates with MSc degree in electrical engineering or physics or applied physics.
Occupancy rate
100%
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

PHD POSITION IN THE CONTEXT OF AN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PROJECT:
“ON-CHIP INTEGRATED UV MICRO PLASMA SOURCES FOR BIOPHOTONIC APPLICATIONS”

CONTEXT:
UV light has strong potential for biological and medical investigations but still has a limited application. One of the main bottlenecks is the lack of efficient UV light sources. To tackle this issue, the Photonic Research Group (PRG) and the Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT) have launched an interdisciplinary activity consisting in coupling UV photonic integrated circuits with micro plasmas emitting at UV wavelengths. By combining their respective expertise, PRG and RUPT expect major breakthroughs in the fields of UV spectroscopy on chip.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
The PhD position will mainly focus on engineering and studying on-chip micro-plasmas by fast imaging methods, spectroscopy techniques and modelling. The student will work in close cooperation with world leading team of Photonics from Ghent University.

BENEFITS:
Work for an interdisciplinary project on cutting edge of science; international team; very competitive scholarship; access to the state of the art equipment

ABOUT THE RESEARCH UNIT PLASMA TECHNOLOGY
The Research Unit Plasma Technology (RUPT) has built up an internationally recognized expertise in the field of cold atmospheric pressure plasmas. The successful development of different plasma generation concepts has launched RUPT into numerous interdisciplinary collaborations exploring a wide range of applications in environmental technology and materials science. Micro-photonic applications are considered a strategic extension for RUPT to explore new plasma physics. The different research tools, such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscope (AFM), plasma chambers, various power generators, optical imaging systems and UV spectrometers are available at RUPT.

Job profile

We are looking for candidates with MSc degree in electrical engineering or physics or applied physics. A good background in photonics or plasma physics, spectroscopy, or good experimental skills with optics are desirable. The PhD student will be able to gain experience in areas of chip design, clean room processing, plasma physics, plasma generation, optical imaging, and UV spectroscopy.

How to apply

Send your CV & motivation letter to the contact person: Dr. Anton Nikiforov (Anton.Nikiforov@UGent.be)